News & Events

Annakut Celebrations
Saturday 10 November 2007
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Following the visit of Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall to celebrate the Hindu festival of Diwali on Friday 9 November 2007, the morning of Saturday 10 November 2007 heralded the start of the Hindu New Year. Devotees flocked to the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in London from early morning to celebrate this auspicious day.

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Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall Celebrate Diwali
Friday 9 November 2007
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His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, accompanied by Her Royal Highness Duchess of Cornwall, visited BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, London, on the afternoon of Friday 9 November 2007 – the auspicious Hindu day of Diwali.
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DR A.P.J. ABDUL KALAM, FORMER PRESIDENT OF INDIA, VISITS BAPS SHRI SWAMINARAYAN MANDIR, LONDON
Sunday 21 October 2007
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Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the 12th President of India, visited BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Neasden, on Sunday 21 October 2007. The pioneering rocket scientist and former President arrived shortly after 7.00pm and was greeted at the ceremonial gates by Yogvivek Swami, Head Sadhu of the Mandir, and the Trustees of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, UK.

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BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha Donates £12,000 to Breast Cancer Care
Saturday 20 October 2007
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As a part of its ongoing multifarious community outreach programmes, BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, UK, (BAPS) raised £12,000 for Breast Cancer Care (BCC) during the recent BAPS Centenary Celebrations at Wembley Arena in London. A special cheque presentation evening was held at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London, on Saturday 20 October 2007, in recognition of this inspiring charity initiative.
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BAPS Centenary Celebrations, UK & Europe
Sunday 7 October 2007

BAPS Centenary Celebrations, UK & Europe.

Janmashtami Festival
Tuesday 4 September 2007
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On Tuesday, 4 September, a grand celebration was organised by BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Neasden, to mark the birth of Bhagwan Shri Krishna.
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BAPS Volunteers Set New World Record at Brent Respect Festival for World’s Largest Finger Painting: 16,400 square feet
Sunday 8 July 2007
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‘Together we can gain respect’ was the message that stood out on the world’s largest finger painting as dedicated BAPS volunteers led a community initiative in London to bring people from various backgrounds together for a hands-on interactive activity to raise awareness for respect.
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Parents’ Day
Sunday 17 June 2007
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On Sunday 17 June 2007, over 250 fathers and sons gathered to celebrate a special Parents’ Day at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden (London). The inspirational event was celebrated as ‘Pitru-Devo Bhava’ and included a colourful cultural programme centred on the Vedic sentiments of revering one’s father as one reveres God.
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Jack Lundie, Deputy Editor of BBC – Blue Peter & Dr Paul Michael Knapton, Director for Prevention and Care at the British Heart Foundation
Saturday 19 May 2007
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Jack Lundie, Deputy Editor of BBC – Blue Peter and Dr Paul Michael Knapton of the British Heart Foundation visited the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir on the evening of Saturday 19 May 2007 to conclude their two projects that the Mandir had been working closely with them for. The two distinguished guests arrived in the evening festival assembly shortly after 8pm and were welcomed by the trustees.
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National Sponsored Walk 2007
Sunday 15 April 2007
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Amidst glorious April sunshine, the annual BAPS Sponsored Walk was held on Sunday 15 April 2007 at nine BAPS Swaminarayan Mandirs and Centres across the UK. The year’s event coincided with the Centennial Celebrations of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha and was held in conjunction with the British Heart Foundation (BHF).
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Swaminarayan Jayanti and Ramnavmi Celebrations
Tuesday 27 March & Saturday 31 March 2007
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On Tuesday 27 March 2007, worshippers at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Neasden, London celebrated the sacred festivals of Shri Swaminarayan Jayanti and Ramnavmi. To mark this auspicious occasion, annakuts were offered to the deities.
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Parents’ Day
Sunday 18 March 2007
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On Sunday 18 March 2007, over 300 mothers and daughters 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 inclulded a colourful cultural programme centred on the Vedic sentiments of revering one’s mother as one reveres God.
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“Mother and Daughter – A Sacred Bond” – Special Parents Evening
Saturday 17 March 2007
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On Saturday 17 March 2007, BAPS Youth Forum, London, hosted “Mother and Daughter – A Sacred Bond” – an evening of inspirational presentations for mothers and their adolescent daughters.
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‘Maha-Shivratri’ Celebrations
Friday 16 February 2007
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Friday 16 February 2007 marked the celebration of ‘Maha-Shivratri’ at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, London. The day began with the sacred abhishek of the Shivalinga performed by the sadhus.
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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Neasden, London
Thursday 8 February 2007
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Andy Akinwolere – Blue Peter Presenter launches ‘Shoebiz Appeal’
Saturday 27 January 2007
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Andy Akinwolere of Blue Peter visited BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Neasden, on the evening of Saturday 27 January 2007 to launch BAPS’ charity drive for the Blue Peter ‘Shoebiz Appeal’. The appeal, in support of a worldwide UNICEF campaign, is aimed at helping needy children in Malawi orphaned through AIDS.
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Sebastian Coe – Chairman of London 2012
Tuesday 23 January 2007
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Sebastian Coe, Chairman of London 2012, accompanied by Olympic champion Jonathan Edwards, visited BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London, on the evening of 23 January 2007.
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