20,000 to celebrate Diwali in a blaze of Lights

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By Radha Mohan Dasa

20,000 people will come together at Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna temple near Watford to celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights on Sunday 22nd October. Highlights of the festival include colourful dances, plays from ancient Indian history, free vegetarian meals for everyone, bullock cart rides, lectures and devotional singing. The day will culminate in one of the most spectacular Diwali firework displays in the London area.

Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna Temple attracts the largest Hindu congregation in the country during important Hindu festivals like Janmashtami and Diwali.

The central theme of Diwali is the victory of good over evil and light over darkness - from the ancient Indian epic “Ramayana”, when Lord Rama returns in victory after slaying the demon Ravana.

“Diwali is a time for family and for prayers, sacrifice and charity,” said Gauri Dasa. “Millions of Hindus around the world worship Lord Rama on this day by lighting lamps and sharing a sumptuous vegetarian feast with friends and neighbours.”

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Contact: Radha-Mohan dasa Phone: 01923-856269 Mobile: 07818 815 978 Email: Radha.mohan.BCS@pamho.net

Editor’s Notes

Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor Temple Date: Sunday 22nd October 2006 Time: 5 - 9 pm Programme: Dance, drama, feast and fireworks.

Note 1:

“Diwali” is one of the most important festivals in the Hindu calendar, celebrated by 1 billion Hindus worldwide and 650,000 Hindus across the United Kingdom.

Diwali marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year, and on this day Hindus meditate on the significance of Diwali wherein light always triumphs over darkness and goodwill conquers evil. It is a festival marked by exchanging of gifts, distribution of sanctified Indian sweets, and new decorations for the home and new clothes for the family.

Note 2:

Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna temple, originally gifted to ISKCON by Beatle George Harrison is housed in 77 acres of land outside Watford and hosts the largest Hindu festivals in the UK. It has become one of the most important sites of pilgrimage for European and British Hindus, and hosts the only Hindu seminary for priests in the UK.

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Sorry to sound boring ,but just when did we become Hindus ?

Comment posted by mahavidya das on October 18th, 2006
2 Unregistered

i checked, the word “hindu” is used 8 times in this article and the word “vaisnava” and the word “devotee” do not appear at all.

Comment posted by hari.nv on October 18th, 2006
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Well, Hare Krishna is written 3 times… I suppose it was general announcement for general public, not only devotees and not written particularly for dandavats.com

Comment posted by Dhira Nitai das on October 19th, 2006
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While I would express caution at the overuse of the term Hindu for a Vaishnava Mandir, I think that it is a little nit-picky for us to concern ourselves by being branded Hindus - after all, this term is to enable people unfamiliar with Vaishnavism to get a ’sense’ of what we do. That was the whole reason behind the Rajasika and Tamasika Puranas - to convey the message to people not yet ready for the Sattvika message.

Chant and Be Happy :)

Sri Radhagolokaviharine Namo Namah!

Comment posted by vrajvihari on October 31st, 2006

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