News & Events

The Power Within: Enrich, Empower, Enlighten National Children’s Conference
Saturday 26 April 2008

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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The Swaminarayan Independent School Achieves 4th Place in Independent School League Tables
Thursday 10 January 2008

On the basis of the 2007 Achievement and Attainment Tables for Key Stage 4 published on 10 January 2008, The Swaminarayan School was confirmed as the fourth best independent school in the latest GCSE league tables published by the Government. The rankings, determined by the average points score per pupil which in turn is based on points awarded for each grade classification, illustrates the exceptional performance by teachers and students at the school founded by His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj in 1992.
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Two World Records Bestowed Upon His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj
Monday 17 December 2007

On 17 December 2007, Michael Whitty, official world record adjudicator and member of the management committee of Guinness World Records travelled especially to India to present two new world records to His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj, spiritual leader of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, an international socio-spiritual organisation affiliated with the United Nations.
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Time Out Declares BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Neasden, as One of Seven Wonders of London
Tuesday 11 December 2007

Time Out, the highly respected international publisher of magazines, websites and city guide books, has announced the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden among its “Seven Wonders of London”.
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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London, UK Wins ‘UK Pride of Place’ Award
Tuesday 4 December 2007

On Tuesday 4 December 2007, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in London was awarded the ‘UK Pride of Place’ award by Government authorities after a month-long national online poll.
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Annakut Celebrations
Saturday 10 November 2007

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

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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Sunday 21 October 2007

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

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

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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