The day following Diwali marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year in parts of North India. It is one of the most auspicious days of the Hindu calendar and celebrated joyously with gifts, feasting and merriment.
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, London, hosts the largest Diwali and Hindu New Year celebrations in the country. Open to one and all, the celebrations are an opportunity for the whole family to enjoy the traditions, colours and rich culture of the Hindu faith.
Ample free parking will be available at Sattavis Patidar Centre (HA9 9PE), Euro Car Parts (old site at Fulton Road, HA9 0TF) and Unisys (next to Bridge Park Community Leisure Centre, NW10 0RG), with shuttle services operating throughout the day.
Bus 206 and 224 will operate their normal service.
TfL will operate shuttle buses from Neasden Station to the Mandir. These will commence at 10am and will operate every 10 minutes until 9pm.
If you are coming to the Mandir by public transport please use the widget below from Transport for London
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
105-119 Brentfield Road
Neasden, London NW10 8LD, UK
T: +44 (0)20 8965 2651
F: +44 (0)20 8965 6313
E: [email protected]
The Hindu New Year is a time of renewal, reflection and resolution. It is also an occasion for thanksgiving, and is traditionally celebrated with the Annakut – literally, ‘a mountain of food’.
This is a grand offering of hundreds of different vegetarian food items to thank God for his providence over the past year and to seek his blessings for the year ahead. This is in continuation of when Bhagwan Krishna urged the people of Gokul to offer thanksgiving to nature (in the form of Mount Govardhan) for all its gracious bounty.