News & Events

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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BAPS Children Raise Money for BBC ‘Children in Need’ Charity
Friday 17 November 2006
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This is the profound message that is instilled in the young generation by their spiritual leader His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj and it is this message that inspired the children and volunteers of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha (UK) to participate in the BBC ‘Children in Need’ programme – a nationwide charitable event that raises funds every year for unfortunate children.
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Annakut Celebration at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London
Sunday 22 October 2006
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Annakut Celebration

Diwali Celebrations at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London, UK
Saturday 21 October 2006
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Diwali Celebration

Hindolã Utsav (Swing Festival)
12 July - 10 August 2006
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From Ashadh Vad 2 to Shravan Vad 1 of the Indian Calendar (12 July – 10 August 2006), the Hindolã Festival is celebrated. Various decorated swings are created in which the image of God is gently swung with love by the devotees.
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Rath Yatra Celebrations – Festival of Chariots
Saturday 1 July 2006
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The Rath Yatra (Festival of Chariots) was celebrated on Saturday 1 July 2006 at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Neasden, London.
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BAPS Akshar Health Committee host Health Awareness Day
Saturday 17 June 2006
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In keeping with the national Heart and Diabetes Awareness Week, the Akshar Health Committee hosted a series of ethnic-specific seminars and screenings. A whole host of volunteer medical professionals were on call to offer their advice.
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