News & Events

Sunday School Receives British Academy Schools Language Award
November 2012
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In December 2011, the British Academy launched a nationwide schools languages award as an initiative aimed at encouraging innovation and creativity for teaching in languages at secondary schools. Both mainstream and supplementary schools were invited to apply for the prize …
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Diwali Celebrations at Houses of Parliament
Wednesday 31 October 2012
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Diwali is the most important festival of the year for millions of Hindus across the world. Each year, a celebration of Diwali is held at the Houses of Parliament in London and this year marked the 11th such event. It …
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Cleaning Brent Feeder Canal
Saturday 13 October 2012
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Volunteers from BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London and BAPS Charities teamed up with Thames21, one of the country’s leading waterway charities, to clean the local Brent Feeder Canal on Saturday 13 October 2012. The Brent Feeder Canal began to channel …
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Supporting the Deafblind
Saturday 29 September 2012
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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London hosted a special presentation by Sense – the UK’s charity for people who are both deaf and blind – on the evening of Saturday 29 September 2012.  The work of Sense is wide-reaching, from providing …
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Observing International Peace Day
Sunday 23 September 2012
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BackgroundIn 1982, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution declaring an International Day of Peace. In 2001, the General Assembly adopted 21 September as the permanent date for this annual event. The Day is envisioned to provide “an opportunity …
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Visitors Enjoy ‘Open House London’
Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 September 2012
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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London participated once again in Open House London, the capital’s annual festival of architecture, by welcoming hundreds of visitors over the weekend of 22-23 September 2012.  The Mandir joined over 700 buildings, including private homes, commercial …
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Diabetes Care Programme Launched
Saturday 15 September 2012
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A Diabetes Care programme was launched at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London on Saturday 15 September 2012. The programme organised by BAPS Charities in conjunction with the Royal Free Hospital of London incorporates multi-disciplinary clinics for diabetic patients with the …
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‘Brent in Bloom’ Garden Award
Thursday 6 September 2012
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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, London has been presented with an ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ in the ‘Brent in Bloom’ garden competition for 2012.  ‘Brent in Bloom’ is an annual competition held by Brent Council recognising the local community for …
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Paralympic Torch Welcomed to Brent
Wednesday 29 August 2012
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The Paralympic Torch was welcomed to the London Borough of Brent at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden on the morning of Wednesday 29 August as part of a joyous community celebration.  Despite the relay running two hours behind schedule, …
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17th Anniversary Celebrations
Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 August 2012
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From its inauguration in August 1995, BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London (popularly recognised as the ‘Neasden Temple’) has brought a profound sense of peace, inspiration and devotion to its community and beyond. This spirit of religiosity and service to society …
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Janmashtami Celebrations
Friday 10 August 2012
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The month of Shravan in the Hindu calendar is considered to be one of the holiest of the year. It hosts many different festivals, and one of the most significant is known as Janmashtami, marking the birth of Shri Krishna …
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Traditional Indian Bells Welcome the Olympic Games
Friday 27 July 2012
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Traditional Indian bells at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir joined Big Ben, church bells, doorbells and even bicycle bells from all over the country for a national celebratory performance.
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BAPS Children’s Forum Receives Gold Award for Supplementary Education
Saturday 7 July 2012
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BAPS Children’s Forum has received the Gold Award from the National Resource Centre (NRC) for its “high standards of service in providing supplementary education to the community”. Based at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London, it is the first supplementary school in the London borough of Brent & Harrow to have achieved the gold standard.
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Hindola Utsav (Festival of Swings)
Thursday 5 July to Friday 3 August 2012
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In the Hindu devotional tradition, the month from Ashadh vad 2 to Shravan vad 2 of the Indian calendar is celebrated as the Hindola Utsav, or ‘Festival of Swings’. Decorated swings of various shapes and forms are created in which an image of God is lovingly rocked by the devotees.
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Rath Yatra Celebrations
Saturday 23 June 2012
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The Rath Yatra Utsav (Festival of Chariots) was celebrated in the presence of Sadguru Pujya Kothari Swami (Bhaktipriya Swami) on Saturday 23 June 2012 at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London.
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Asthma and Breathing Difficulties Seminar
Sunday 17 June 2012
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As part of its on-going health awareness drive for the elderly, BAPS Charities teamed up with the British Lung Foundation’s Breathe Easy programme in Brent to deliver a seminar on asthma and breathing difficulties at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London on Sunday 17 June 2012.
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Celebrating World Environment Day
Saturday 9 June 2012
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Every year, 5 June is celebrated by millions internationally as World Environment Day (WED). Established in 1972 by the United Nations, WED is one of the principal vehicles through which the UN raises worldwide awareness for the environment and enhances action.
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