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.

Acharya Rakeshprasadji Maharajshri Visit – Sunday 15th September

Jay Shree Swaminarayan,

HH1008 Acharya Rakeshprasadji Maharajshri (Vadtal diocese) will be gracing East London Mandir on Sunday 15th September.

4pm – Short procession to welcome him and santo.

5pm – Aarti.

6.30pm – Thakadthali in the presence of Maharajshri and santo.

We hope to see you all there for darshan.

Patotsav – 18th to 25th August

Our utsav will be taking place from Sunday 18th August to Sunday 25th August 2019. This year marks 10 years since our beloved Shiv-Parvati murti was installed in our Mandir and as such, this utsav has been marked as the Shree Shideshvar Mahadev Dashabdi Mahotsav!

Please take note of the events occurring on each day from the timetable, and the dress code for both ladies and gents on the poster below!







This year, both the sessions of the katha will be taking place in Swaminarayan Sports World (SSW). The only event that will be taking place in the Mandir is Abhishekh on Sunday 25th August from 6:30am onwards.

Morning aarti will take place at 9am and evening aarti at 5pm followed by katha.


(Please note that Yoga sessions will continue during Patosav, Sporting Saturday sessions will not take place on Saturday 24th August).

For anyone wanting to volunteer for creche please forward your name to us immediately, either via WhatsApp, email or the contact form on this website.

Ladies Night – Saturday 14th September

After the success of numerous Yuvak Nights, on Saturday 14th September, the yuvatis of East London Mandir are hosting their very own Ladies Night! Come along for some food, games and captivating discussions on the topics that affect us all as women in this society.

Bring your thinking caps for an intriguing escape rooms style puzzle, where you’ll have to test your team work and logical reasoning. Immerse yourselves in a tropical forest, surrounded by the sounds of birds, the rustling of monkeys moving through the trees and a trail of clues to help you get to safety. As the clock counts down, the pressure is on for The Great Escape.

We’re also holding a Nari Shakti Exhibition – honoring women from all walks of life that have left an impact on us – from household names and personal connections, to those unknown names and faces around the world that provide us a new lens through which we can view the world.

If there’s a woman you’d love to honour, upload an image of her in action along with a short caption explaining why here.

We’d also be grateful if you could register your interest in attending using the same page.

Partial Lunar Eclipse – Tuesday 16th July

There is a Partial Eclipse of the Moon that should be observed and falls on Tuesday 16th July 2019. Its timings are as follows:

Start time – 21:01 BST

Maximum eclipse – 22:30 BST

End time – 00:00 BST

NB. Timings are subject to change.

According to our Sampraday, consumption of food should stop from 12:00 BST on Tuesday 16th July 2019. Children, elderly, the unable and unwell individuals who can observe should obey the fast from 17:55 BST on the same day.

Live Cricket On The Big Screen at SSW

Jay Shree Swaminarayan,

With Cricket World Cup 2019 kicking off today it gives us great pleasure to inform you that there will be live screening of selected weekend India games on the big screen at SSW for all.

Refreshments and snacks will be served. 
SSW fields will be open for other sports too.

We trust the weather stands up and it’ll be great days out with friends and families!
Hope to see you there for all 3 games.

SLC 2019 – *Registration is now closed*

Registration for the SLC 2019 has now closed.

If you have signed up, as a participant or a spectator, we’ll be in touch with you closer to the time regarding travel arrangements. If you can no longer attend or no longer require Mandir transport, do let us know.

We hope the training is going well!


Sweden 2019 – A weekend trip with Dharmakul

A weekend trip has been organised in Sweden in the presence of Lalji Maharaj, Gadiwalashree and Shree Raja. A one-to-one rare interaction with Dharmakul – different to a shibir with presentations/lectures. Please visit the link below for further information or contact info@swaminarayan.in.

Places are very limited. It is on a first come first serve basis and it’s for those between ages 18-40.


Hanuman Jayanti – Friday 19th April

He is the son of the wind, the epitome of devotion and the guardian of love. He is our protector, our saviour and the heart that lays its faith in him has no room for fear… He is Hanuman.

On Friday 19th April, we will be celebrating Hanuman Jayanti. Hanumanji has never failed to protect Bhagwan. Whether it is during the time of Ram, Shyam or Ghanshyam. Let us celebrate this day with a reminder that he is always looking out for us. May our faith always be greater than our fears.

Come join us from 7:30pm onwards.