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The Hindu festival of Holi was celebrated at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London on Tuesday 26 March 2013. Holi (Fagun sud Punam) is popularly referred to as the ‘Festival of Colours’, and marks the joyous arrival of Spring.
The sacred images in the Mandir were adorned with beautiful coloured clothing. Devotees braved the unseasonably chilly weather to offer their prayers on this auspicious day.
Also associated with Holi is fertility and the ancient ritual of offering the first spring harvest to Agni, the fire deity. This day further celebrates the saving by Lord Vishnu of the young prince Prahlad from his evil father Hiranyakashipu and demoness aunt Holika – a victory of good over evil. Devotees and visitors offered grains to a bonfire lit in the open grounds of The Swaminarayan School symbolising this victory and ancient ritual.
Hundreds of devotees and visitors arrived to participate in the devotional celebrations. The festival brought together devotees as well as members of the local community who also joined in the celebrations.