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It is my pleasure and privilege to welcome you to Bardai Brahmin Samaj London. Almost 34 years ago, our Charity was founded on the principles of Hindu Religion and Culture and to advance appreciation of Hinduism, its philosophy, Art and Literature and to promote charitable purposes and to relieve poverty. During the intervening time, the elders who founded our Samaj have passed the baton to second and third generation Bardais that are British born and bred and who embrace life in the United Kingdom and all that it has to offer. In the hustle and bustle of daily life, however, questions do arise: Who am I? Who are my ancestors? What about my Culture? Religion? Beliefs? Philosophies? Traditions? . In short what is my Identity? This is where the Samaj becomes relevant. Effectively, the Samaj can provide a Bardai Brahmin an Identity. Getting involved in Samaj activities can rekindle that sense, that feeling, that passion of being a Bardai Brahmin which otherwise remains dormant deep in the heart and the mind. Today Bardai Brahmin Samaj London is needed more than ever. Calls for our Samaj to be allowed to lapse and be exiled into oblivion must be resisted. Claims by some that other bodies and organisations can do the Samajís work better than the Samaj itself must be struck down. Yes the Samaj must work in harmony and close co-operation with other bodies with similar aims and objectives, but this must happen on the Samajís own terms and not on those dictated by others. It is a great honour for me and my fellow committee members to be entrusted with the mission to rebuild and lead, with your support, a vibrant community of Bardai Brahmins in London. We are committed to gaining your trust and enthusiastic participation, acting with your wholehearted and united support and providing the energy and inspiration to succeed in our endeavour to bring progress to our great Bardai Brahmin Samaj in London. Jai Shri Krshna! Jai Shri Trikamjibapu! Pradip Pandit
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BBSL Diwali 2016

BBSL DIWALI & NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS 2016

Bardai Brahmin Samaj London's annual Diwali Celebrations Event is back and better than ever before!    

Saturday 12th November 2016
6.00PM till 11.00PM
 
at
 
Purushottam Mahal
Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Complex, 215 Kingsbury Road, Kingsbury, London, NW9 8AQ
 
   
DEMAND WILL BE HIGH SO PLEASE PURCHASE
YOUR TICKETS WELL IN ADVANCE TO AVOID ANY DISAPPOINTMENT
 
For members: £7.50 for 13 years or older or £5.00 for 12 years and younger

For non-members: £10 for adults and children

 
Tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis.
Seating is to be issued on a first book first serve basis - if you wish to be seated next to family members please ensure they book at the same time as you and please email president@bbsl.org.uk to request seating next to each other
 
BOOKING INFORMATION:

To book your Diwali Tickets please visit:

 Download 2016 Nominations Form HERE

 

History & Meaning

Diwali is perhaps the most well-known of the Hindu festivals.

The word Diwali means 'rows of lighted lamps'  and is celebrated for 5 days according to the lunar Hindu Calendar. It begins in late Ashwin (September–October) and ends in early Kartika (October–November). The first day is Dhan Teras. The last day is Yama Dvitiya, which signifies the second day of the light half of Kartika.

 

The festival celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance, although the actual legends that go with the festival are different in different parts of India: 

 

  • In northern India and elsewhere, Diwali celebrates Lord Shri  Rama's return from fourteen years of exile to Ayodhya after the defeat of Ravana and his subsequent coronation as king;


                                                       

  • In Gujarat, the festival honours Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth;

  • In Nepal Diwali commemorates the victory of Lord Krishna over the demon king Narakaasura;

  • In Bengal, it is associated with the Goddess Maa Kali.

In India Hindus will leave the windows and doors of their houses open so that Lakshmi can come in. Rangoli are drawn on the floors - rangoli are patterns and the most popular subject is the lotus flower.

 

 
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