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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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Hindu Calendar 2015

January 14 : Posh Vad 9 Makar Sankranti (Uttarayan)
The day the sun begins to move northwards, heralding the gradual increase
of daylight hours. It is a time to be charitable by giving grains, clothes and money.
January 26 : Maha Sud 7 Republic Day
The day the independent nation of India adopted its constitution.
February 17 : Maha Vad 13 Shivratri
This is a festival in honour of Lord Shiv whose marriage to Parvati took place on this day. People observe a fast on this day and stay awake throughout the night, praying to Lord Shiv
March 05 : Fagan Sud 15 Holi
Celebrates the protection of Prahlad from his father, the demon-king Hiranyakashipu. Prahlad was seated in a fire with his aunt, Holika. She perished in the fire, but Prahlad survived.
March 06 : Fagan Vad 1 Dhuleti/Pushpadolotsav
This is a spring festival, in which people rejoice by spraying each other with coloured water.
March 28 : Chaitra Sud 9 Ramnavmi
The birthday of Bhagwan Ram.
April 04 : Chaitra Sud 15 Hanuman Jayanti
The birthday of Hanumanji, devotee of Bhagwan Ram.
May 02 : Vaishakh Sud 13 Nrusinh Jayanti
The birthday of Lord Nrusinh, conquerer of the demon-king Hiranyakashipu.
May 04 : Vaishakh Sud 15 Buddha Jayanti
The birthday of Lord Buddha, founder of Buddhism.
May 29 : Jeth Sud 11
Bhim Ekadashi
June 17 : Ashadh Sud 1
Start of Adhik Maas
July 16 : Ashadh Vad 30
End of Adhik Maas
July 18 : Ashadh Sud 2 Rathyatra
Annual festival in which murtis of the Lord are paraded in decorated chariots around the city.
A mammoth festival is held in Jagannathpuri.
July 27 : Ashadh Sud 11 Devpodhi Ekadashi
The first day of Chaturmas - the four holy months. During these months, extra devotional observances are undertaken.
July 31 : Ashadh Sud 15 Guru Purnima
The day on which devotees honor their guru. They pay their respects and offer their gratitude for the spiritual guidance the guru gives.
August 15 : Shravan Sudd 1 Independence Day
The day on which India became an independent, democratic nation.
August 29 : Shravan Sud 15 Raksha Bandhan
Sisters tie an amulet (called rakhi or raksha) around the wrist of their brothers, and pray for their protection from surrounding evil.
September 05 : Shravan Vad 8 Janmashtami
The birthday of Bhagwan Krishna.
September 15 : Bhadarvo Sud 2 Sam-Shravani
Sadhus and Samvedi Brahmins change their janoi (sacred thread) on this day.
September 17 : Bhadarvo Sud 4 Ganesh Chaturthi
The birthday of Lord Ganesh, son of Lord Shiv and Shri Parvatiji.
September 24 : Bhadarvo Sud 11 Jal Jhilani Ekadashi
The midpoint of chaturmas. The Lord is taken for a boat ride.
September 25 : Bhadarvo Sud 12 Vaman Jayanti
October 13 : Aso Sud 1 Start of Navratri
Festival of the nine nights. A period in which special prayers are offered to Shri Parvati, also called Goddess Durga. It celebrates her victory over the demon, Mahishasur.
October 22 : Aso Sud 10 Vijaya Dashmi
The 10th day celebrates the victory of goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasur. On this day the murtis of the goddess Durga are taken on a victorious procession. On this day, Bhagwan Ram returned to Ayodhya after spending 14 years in exile and destroying Ravan. Today is an auspicious day to commence any academic activities.
October 26 : Aso Sud 15 Sharad Punam
The night Bhagwan Krishna graced the Gopis of Vrundavan by playing the Maha Raas with them on the banks of the sacred Yamuna.
October 31 : Aso Vad 12 Vagh Baras
Cows, symbolizing Mother Nature, are worshipped on this day.
November 09 : Aso Vad 13 Dhan Teras/Lakshmi Pujan
On this day, one's wealth is worshipped and prayers are offered to God for the wisdom to use one's wealth for noble and virtuous purposes only.
November 11 : Aso Vad 30 Diwali
Diwali symbolizes the victory of Good over Evil. The goddess of wealth, Lakshmiji, is worshipped on this day to receive blessings for future prosperity.
November 12 : Kartak Sud 1 Annakut and Bestu Varash
Offering of different varieties of food to the deities. The first day of the Hindu New Year.
November 13 : Kartak Sud 2 Bhai Beej
The day on which brothers are invited to dine at their sister's house.
November 16 : Kartak Sud 5 Labh Pancham
An auspicious day to commence any noble venture.
November 22 : Nov Kartak Sud 11 Prabodhini Ekadashi
The last day of Chaturmas, after which all extra spiritual observances undertaken over the previous four months may be relaxed.
November 25 : Kartak Sud 15 Dev Diwali
Signifies the return of God after spending Chaturmas with King Bali. Today is a day to resolve to free oneself of base instincts.
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