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‘Maha-Shivratri’ Celebrations
Tuesday 8 March 2005
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On Tuesday 8th March 2005, the auspicious festival of ‘Maha-Shivratri’ was celebrated in a grand way at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden. Over 60 ‘falahar’ items were offered as part of an annakut to the sacred images of Shiv and Parvati.
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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Neasden collects & distributes £500,000 for Tsunami Victims
Saturday 19 February 2005
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Rt. Hon. Charles Kennedy MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats joined a host of distinguished guests at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Hindu Temple on 19th February 2005 where the main purpose of the gathering was to present funds collected through the BAPS TSUNAMI APPEAL to the eight Ambassadors of countries that were affected by the Tsunami.
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The Archbishop Of Canterbury visits BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
Saturday 29 January 2005
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Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury visited The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Neasden, the largest traditional Hindu Mandir outside India, on Sat 29 Jan 2005. Dr Williams arrived at the Mandir at 6.30pm where he was welcomed by the Trustees of the Mandir, Sarah Teather MP for Brent East, H.E. Kamlesh Sharma – The High Commissioner of India, The Mayor of Brent – Cllr. Ahmed Shahzad and Cllr. Ann John – Leader of Brent Council.
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SPECIAL PRAYERS FOR TSUNAMI VICTIMS
Sunday 2 January 2005
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Representatives from all the nations directly affected by the South East Asia tsunami came together on Sunday 2 January 2005, for the first time since the tragedy, for a service of special prayers at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Neasden. The representatives joined more than 3000 people in a show of solidarity with the citizens of the countries devastated by the tsunami.
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Swaminarayan Jayanti and Ramnavmi Celebrations
Tuesday 29 March 2004
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On Tuesday 29 March 2004, the auspicious festival of Swaminarayan Jayanti and Ramnavmi was celebrated in a majestic way at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Neasden. A magnificent Annakut was offered to the sacred images of Ghanshyam Maharaj and Ram Sita. At 12 noon, the birth arti of Ram Sita was performed by the sadhus.
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Maha Shivratri Festival
Wednesday 18 February 2004
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On Wednesday 18 February 2004, the auspicious festival of ‘Maha-shivratri’ was celebrated in a grand way at the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden. Over 60 ‘falahar’ items were offered to the sacred images of Shiv and Parvati.
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Divine Annakut offered in the Houses of Parliament
Wednesday 29 October 2003
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For the first time ever, Annakut was offered in the British Parliament. This was history and the Hindu community was overjoyed by the celebrations steeped with devotion. Volunteers of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha worked hard to set up the Annakut and along with other volunteers, they contributed to make the whole celebration a grand success.
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Grand New Year’s Celebrations
Saturday 26 October 2003
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From as early as 5 a.m., devotees were coming in to the mandir complex for their first darshan of Thãkorji on the Hindu New Year [Vikram Samvat 2060]. The day started at 5.30 a.m. with mangalã arti in the mandir. The murtis were then beautifully adorned and shangãr arti was performed at 6.45 a.m. At 7.00 a.m., the New Year mahãpujã commenced in the Haveli, where prayers for world peace were chanted.
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Mayor of London Organises Diwali in Trafalgar Square
Sunday 19 October 2003
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On Sunday 19 October, for the third year running, Diwali celebrations were held at Trafalgar Square, in the heart of central London. The event was open to all nationalities, races and religions, to come and enjoy the sights, tastes and spectacles. It was organised by Ken Livingstone, The Mayor of London, who was represented by Deputy Mayor Ms. Jenny Jones who paid tribute to London’s multi cultural society and re-emphasised the value of ” the light of Diwali removing the darkness of ignorance”.

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SHRI KRISHNA JANMASHTAMI CELEBRATIONS
Wednesday 20 August 2003
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This year’s Janmãshtami – the Birth anniversary of Shri Krishnã – was celebrated on Sat 16 Aug and Wed 20 Aug 2003 at the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden.
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RATH YATRA FESTIVAL CELEBRATED WITH GREAT POMP BY SHRI SWAMINARAYAN MANDIR, NEASDEN
29 June 2003

Inspired by HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Neasden, celebrated the festival of RATH YATRA with great pomp and devotion. Over 3000 devotees young and old joined in the festivities.
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Shri Hari Jayanti Tithi [Ram Navami]
Friday 11 & Saturday 12 April 2003
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On Fri 11 and Sat 12 April 2003, thousands of devotees thronged to the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden to pay their respects on the occasion of the birth anniversaries of Bhagwan Swaminarayan and Bhagwan Ram.
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Maha Shivratri Festival
Saturday 1 March 2003
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Saturday 1st March 2003 marked the celebration of ‘Maha-Shivratri’ at the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden. The day began with the sacred installation of Shiva-Lingas beneath the Mandir dome amidst chanting of Shiva Mahima Stotram by the pious pundits of the Mandir.
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Annakut Celebration
Tuesday 5 November 2002
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The Diwali and New Year festivities were enthusiastically celebrated at the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Neasden, London. On Diwali day almost 1,000 people participated in the Chopda pujan ceremony, where old books of account are closed and the new books were blessed. The entire local community also enjoyed the spectacular fireworks display watching from the safety of the Gibbons Ground, which unfortunately may not be available next year following a sequence of decisions taken by Brent Council.

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Annakut Celebration, BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
Thursday 15 November 2001
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Continuing the annual tradition, a mammoth Annakut display was set up at Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasdon, London. The display was arranged on 8 steps spanning and 120 feet in length and 30 feet in depth.
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