Amazon Smile

For those who love shopping on Amazon (who doesn’t), you may have heard of AmazonSmile.

AmazonSmile let’s you shop just like you would on Amazon (provided you are on the AmazonSmile website). Anything you buy, Amazon donates 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT, returns and shipping fees) of eligible purchases to the charitable organisation of your choice.

Next time you are shopping around Amazon, why not use AmazonSmile (www.smile.amazon.co.uk) and choose our Mandir name (see poster for more details) to donate without costing you anything extra.

Please note, those who have an android device can use the Amazon app. For more details on how this can be done, click on the link here:

Seminar at SSW – Saturday 11th January

It gives us great pleasure to announce a special and unique seminar/discussion taking place for all ages on Saturday 11th January 2020 from 7:15pm for 7:30pm start, in collaboration with HSS-UK, SSW and SKSST.

The session is meant to give a great comparisons of Hinduism hosted by a scholar of Islam & Arabic studies. The speaker may be an outsider but is very well known to the collaborating organisations. Nothing controversial or political is portrayed.

If you are already intrigued, then come and have a listen. It’s an interactive session explaining from the speaker’s point of view why Hinduism is not only a “religion” but a way of life!
Prashad nasto will be provided thereafter from 8:30pm.

Hope to see you all there at SSW, with family and friends!

Saak Utsav – Sunday 12th January

Jay Swaminarayan and Happy New Year!

To mark the end of this auspicious month of Dhanurmaas – Saak Utsav has been organised by our Mandir on Sunday 12th January.

Swaminarayan Bhagwan first did Saak Utsav in Loya in the presence of many haribhaktos and santos, cooking over a 1000kg of aubergines, adding a variety of masala to make the most delicious saak!

8.30 to 9.30am – Dhanurmaas Dhun
6.30pm onwards – Live Saak Utsav in presence of Bhuj Dham santo

Come along with friends and family members! There will be prashad served thereafter in the dining hall for all.

Christmas Funday – Wednesday 25th December

Christmas is only a few weeks away and so is our annual Funday! The day kickstarts at 10.30am and finishes at 5pm. Join us for a fun-filled day of games, activities and prizes for the whole family to enjoy.

The under 13s are to arrive in their very best Christmas jumper to be in the chance of winning the title of Best Christmas Jumper 2019!

Lunch will be served around midday.

Raffle tickets will be on sale throughout the day for our chosen charity Aangan – created and run by our Gadiwalashree and a group of ladies, the charity ensures that the most vulnerable children are safe, have shelter, food and an education.

History: On Shri Raja’s birthday, the whole family went to give out freebies to kids and on the way back a toddler held Gadiwalashree’s saree no chedo and would not let go. That touched her heart and at that point she decided to do something for them. Years went by and finally Kalupur mandir bought land behind the mandir for this purpose to make an Ashram for girls.

Gadiwalashree welomes donations for the ashram but her main pride is for people to visit Aangan and see what facilities they have and what’s missing.

200th Vachnamrut Jayanti – Saturday 30th November

Jay Shree Swaminarayan,

Don’t forget to join us this Saturday on the 200th Vachnamrut Jayanti!

Starting from 11AM to 1PM – A unique presentation pinpointing areas of the Vachnamrut with interactive games & activities for all ages! Whilst the adults enjoy, the kids will also have a separate workshop to get involved in.

At 1PM there will be some small nasto served for all.

The evening session from 5:30PM will involve Yuvak Mandal doing the daily Nitya Niyams including chesta and a magnificent explanation of a Vachnamrut in English and Gujarati.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity… it will only come around once! See you there!

Thursday Jam – 14th November

Health does not always mean being physically healthy. Most of the time, it comes from peace of mind, peace in the heart, peace in the soul. It comes from laughter and love.

Join us on November 14th at 7:30pm as we invite a special guest speaker to our Thursday Jam to discuss Mental Health.

During the interactive session we will find out more on Mental Health and how we should be more aware of ourselves and those around us. There will be real life stories & experiences being shared – spread the word and join in the discussions in this open forum.

Tulsi Vivah – 9th to 10th November

On Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th November 2019, we will be celebrating the holy union of Bhagwan Vishnu and Tulsibai at East London Mandir.

Please note the programme for the event:

Saturday 9th November:
Ganesh Sthapan and Mandap Ropan for Vishnu Bhagwan – 8:30am

Sunday 10th November:
Ganesh Sthapan and Mandap Ropan for Tulsibai – 8:30am
Jaan Aagman – 10:00am
Hasta Melap – 11:00am
Lunch from 12:00pm

Diwali at ELT 2019

Jay Shree Swaminarayan,

It’s coming up to that time of the year once again… the great festival of Diwali, celebrating Bhagwan Shree Ram’s return to Ayodhya after defeating the great demon Ravan – a great triumph of good over evil.

On Sunday 27th October 2019, fireworks will be held at SSW and will start at 8:30pm sharp. There will also be food stalls to purchase a couple of items at a small price from 7:30pm.

Please note: No private fireworks and/or sparklers will be allowed. All are also asked to accompany their young children and adhere to security and/or fire marshal’s instructions on the day.

Please take careful note of the programme in the poster.

Join us on Monday 28th October 2019 for nutan varash celebrations and Annkut Darshan.

Please note that only on Monday 28th October (New Year’s day) there will be FREE parking in Shaftesbury Road car park only.

We wish you and your families a wonderful Diwali and Happy New Year!

Sharad Poonam – Sunday 13th October

Please join us for Sharad Punam raas on Sunday 13th October from 7:30-9:30pm.

”Sharad” – The season marking the end of monsoon and the beginning of winter.
”Poonam” – Full moon day.

On this day, when the moon is at its brightest, Maharaj played raas with many santos and haribhaktos. The kirtan ‘Juo Juo Sahelio Aaj Rasio Raas Rame…‘ depicts one such amazing occasion in Panchala, when Maharaj took multiple forms and played raas with each devotee under the light of the moon.

Also on this day, Krshna Bhagwan played raas with the gopi’s in Vrundavan. Just like the moon glows in the sky, Vrundavan was glowing with Krshna Bhagwan’s presence. He took his flute out and the air was filled with the sweetest sound.

On hearing this sweet sound the gopi’s immediately abandoned everything and rushed towards this sound. This showed how devoted they were to Krshna Bhagwan. Their devotion and love for Him was so great that the gopi’s commenced playing raas around Him. Krshna Bhagwan and Radhikaji played raas in the middle and eventually He assumed as many forms as there were Gopi’s and played raas with each and every one of them.

The essence of this event is that our devotion for God should be like the love of the Gopi’s to Krshna.

Traditionally dudh pakh and puri is offered to Maharaj and taken as prasad. Raas is played with great fervor in the mandir.