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Diwali Celebrations
Tuesday 28 October 2008
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The final day of the Hindu year is considered to be one of the most auspicious and is celebrated as Diwali – the ‘Festival of Lights’. It is traditionally the day when business owners close existing account books and open new ones in preparation for the year ahead. The ceremony – called Sharada Pujan or Chopda Pujan – is also a time to take stock of one’s spiritual relationship with God.
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Ladies Health Awareness Fair With Expert Speakers and Celebrity TV Chef, Manju Malhi
Saturday 11 October 2008
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As part of its ongoing multifarious community outreach programmes, BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, UK (BAPS), hosted a national health awareness fair for women at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, London, on Saturday 11 October 2008.
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BE THE CHANGE: BAPS Supports Millennium Development Goals
Thursday 25 September 2008

In 2000, at the United Nations Millennium Summit, 189 world leaders adopted a historic pledge to significantly reduce poverty, hunger and disease by 2015. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are a roadmap to deliver this pledge with a total of eight time-bound measurable targets. Thursday 25 September 2008 marked the halfway point of the journey to 2015.
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UN International Day of Peace “Prayers and Reflection for Embracing World Peace”
Sunday 21 September 2008
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In 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.
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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Neasden, Features as a Part of OPEN HOUSE LONDON
Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 September 2008
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These were the words penned by just one of the hundreds of visitors who came to the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, London, as it featured again as a part of Open House London. This year the annual event took place during the weekend of 21 and 22 September 2008.
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Health Awareness Day
Sunday 14 September 2008
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As a part of its continuing community outreach initiatives, BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, UK (BAPS), hosted a special Health Awareness Day at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, London, on Sunday 14 September 2008.
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Young BAPS women cycle over 600 miles to raise funds for new Mandir & Cultural Complex in Leicester
Saturday 30 August 2008
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On Saturday 30 August 2008, 39 young dedicated women (ages 14 to 23) from Leicester cycled over 600 miles across the city as part of a campaign for the upcoming BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir & Cultural Complex at Gipsy Lane in Leicester. The objective was to raise funds for women’s activities in the new complex and promote better health and fitness awareness within the Asian community.
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Janmashtami Festival
Sunday 24 August 2008
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On Sunday 24 August, a grand celebration was organised by BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Neasden, to mark the birth of Bhagwan Shri Krishna.
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Exceptional GCSE Results at The Swaminarayan School
August 2008
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This year’s GCSE results at The Swaminarayan School in London have again been of an exceptionally high standard. A full 100% of all students who sat the exams achieved 5 A* to C grades; nationally, 65.7% of all pupils met this level of attainment. Additionally, 41% of all results were in the A* and A band (compared to 20.7% nationally), with this increasing to 75% for the A*, A and B band.
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BAPS Healthy Heart Campaign
Saturday 21 June 2008
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As part of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha’s continuing health awareness campaign, a series of events have been held over the past month to promote awareness on cardiovascular disease and identification of its risk factors at an early stage.
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The Power Within: Enrich, Empower, Enlighten National Children’s Conference
Saturday 26 April 2008
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On Saturday 26 April 2008, over 350 children from all over the UK gathered at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, London, to participate in the National Children’s Conference. Trainers from BAPS Children’s Forum had teamed up with professional coaches to deliver vital life skills to 9- to 14-year-olds. Entitled “The Power Within: Enrich, Empower, Enlighten”, the conference aimed to help these youngsters enjoy and make the most of their childhood while also preparing them for the challenges that lay ahead in our increasingly testing times.
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Swaminarayan Jayanti & Rama Navmi Celebrations
Saturday 12 & Monday 14 April 2008
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On Monday 14 April 2008, worshippers at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Neasden, London, celebrated the festivals of Swaminarayan Jayanti and Rama Navmi with great devotion and fervour. To mark this auspicious occasion, a grand variety of food was offered to the deities.
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Children with BAPS Community Care Team Visit Elderly Residential Care Homes in London
Saturday 12 April 2008
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On Saturday 12 April 2008, children from the BAPS London Children’s Forum with the BAPS Community Care Team based at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Neasden, visited two elderly residential homes in the Brent borough of London. Care for the elderly is a very important part of BAPS’ on-going community outreach programme, and this event also helped inculcate the values of respect and consideration in its younger members.
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Anti-Bullying Workshop for children
Saturday 29 March 2008
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On Saturday 29 March 2008, the Victim Support Unit for Brent – a charity organisation – ran an Anti-Bullying Workshop for young children to promote awareness of bullying in all areas of their lives. The event produced a good turnout, with almost 100 boys and around 60 girls aged 10-14 attending the two separate workshops.
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BAPS UK participates in International Women’s Day
Saturday 3 March 2008
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BAPS UK’s Ladies Wing participated in an event entitled ‘Capital Woman’ organised by the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, to celebrate International Women’s Day on Saturday 8 March 2008 at the Queen Elizabeth II Exhibition Centre and Central Hall. After an opening plenary with the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, and a range of guest speakers, the day offering women a chance to have a say in the way the Capital – London – is run and in the issues that affect them. The day featured a stimulating programme of exhibitions, non-traditional careers and business advice and workshops as well as music, fashion, comedy and dance. Over 4000 women of all ages, cultures, races and religions braved a cold Saturday to attend this exciting event.
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‘Maha-Shivratri’ Celebrations
Thursday 6 March 2008
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Thursday 6 March 2008 saw the auspicious celebration of ‘Maha-Shivratri’ at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, London. The day began with the sacred and traditional abhishek of the Shivalinga performed by the sadhus.
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‘Matru-Devo Bhava: Parents’ Day
Saturday 1 March 2008
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On Saturday 1 March, London Mahila Mandal gathered to celebrate a special Parents’ Day at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, London. The inspirational event was celebrated as ‘Matru-Devo Bhava’ and included a colourful cultural programme centred on the Vedic sentiments of revering one’s mother as one reveres God.
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