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Janmashtami Celebrations
Friday 10 August 2012

The month of Shravan in the Hindu calendar is considered to be one of the holiest of the year. It hosts many different festivals, and one of the most significant is known as Janmashtami, marking the birth of Shri Krishna …
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Traditional Indian Bells Welcome the Olympic Games
Friday 27 July 2012

Traditional Indian bells at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir joined Big Ben, church bells, doorbells and even bicycle bells from all over the country for a national celebratory performance.
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BAPS Children’s Forum Receives Gold Award for Supplementary Education
Saturday 7 July 2012

BAPS Children’s Forum has received the Gold Award from the National Resource Centre (NRC) for its “high standards of service in providing supplementary education to the community”. Based at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London, it is the first supplementary school in the London borough of Brent & Harrow to have achieved the gold standard.
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Hindola Utsav (Festival of Swings)
Thursday 5 July to Friday 3 August 2012

In the Hindu devotional tradition, the month from Ashadh vad 2 to Shravan vad 2 of the Indian calendar is celebrated as the Hindola Utsav, or ‘Festival of Swings’. Decorated swings of various shapes and forms are created in which an image of God is lovingly rocked by the devotees.
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Rath Yatra Celebrations
Saturday 23 June 2012

The Rath Yatra Utsav (Festival of Chariots) was celebrated in the presence of Sadguru Pujya Kothari Swami (Bhaktipriya Swami) on Saturday 23 June 2012 at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London.
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Asthma and Breathing Difficulties Seminar
Sunday 17 June 2012

As part of its on-going health awareness drive for the elderly, BAPS Charities teamed up with the British Lung Foundation’s Breathe Easy programme in Brent to deliver a seminar on asthma and breathing difficulties at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London on Sunday 17 June 2012.
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Celebrating World Environment Day
Saturday 9 June 2012

Every year, 5 June is celebrated by millions internationally as World Environment Day (WED). Established in 1972 by the United Nations, WED is one of the principal vehicles through which the UN raises worldwide awareness for the environment and enhances action.
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Mother and Baby Welfare Seminars
Saturday 2 June, Saturday 9 June and Saturday 16 June 2012

BAPS Charities organised a series of seminars for young parents to raise awareness about and provide guidance on the welfare of new mothers and babies.
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Volunteers Team Up for ‘Big Tidy Up’ in Brent
Wednesday 30 May 2012

In keeping with its ongoing commitment to the local community in Brent, BAPS Charities jointly coordinated a ‘Big Tidy Up’ project with neighbouring organisations Tesco and McDonald’s to clean the roads, alleyways and green areas in the vicinity.
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Lights Out for Earth Hour 2012
Saturday 31 March 2012

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London joined hundreds of millions of supporters in thousands of cities, towns and communities in a record 150 countries in observing Earth Hour 2012 on Saturday 31 March.
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Swaminarayan Jayanti and Rama Navmi Celebrations
Saturday 31 March & Sunday 1 April 2012

Festivals marking the divine birth of Bhagwan Swaminarayan and Shri Rama were celebrated with great enthusiasm and devotion at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London over the weekend of 31 March and 1 April 2012.
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International Women’s Day 2012 Sharing Strength; Inspiring Integrity
Saturday 17 March 2012

Hundreds of women gathered on Saturday 17 March 2012 at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, London, for an evening of education and inspiration in commemoration of International Women’s Day 2012.
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Special Book Release: BAPS Charities – Celebrating Your Support of Barnardo’s
Saturday 10 March 2012

Following the BAPS Charities 10K Challenge and 30-mile bike ride in 2010, BAPS Charities raised £25,000 for Barnardo’s to help vulnerable children throughout the UK. In commemoration of this project, Barnardo’s recently published a book to express their gratitude to everyone who participated and as a celebration of the success and fun of the challenge itself.
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Holi Celebrations
Wednesday 7 March 2012

The Hindu festival of Holi was celebrated at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London on Wednesday 7 March 2012. Holi (Fagun sud Punam), is popularly referred to as the ‘Festival of Colours’, and marks the arrival of Spring.
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BAPS Charities Presents £25,000 Cheque to Age UK
Saturday 3 March 2012

BAPS Charities UK presented a cheque for £25,000 to Age UK at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London on Saturday 3 March 2012. Mr Paul Farthing, Director of Fundraising for the Charity, had arrived to receive the cheque on behalf of Age UK – one of the country’s leading charities for people in later life.
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BAPS Charities 10K Annual Challenge Launch
Saturday 25 February 2012

The BAPS Charities 10K Annual Challenge for 2012 was launched on the evening of Saturday 25 February 2012 at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, London. The official partner for BAPS Charities this year is Macmillan Cancer Support, which provides “practical, medical and financial support to push for better cancer care.
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Maha-Shivaratri Celebrations
Monday 20 February 2012

Monday 20 February 2012 saw the auspicious Hindu festival of Maha-Shivaratri celebrated at 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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