The Temple Creates Sacred Thread Ties and Demands More Than Just Blood for Sewa
A dance and musical extravaganza to promote first ever National Sewa Day took place on 1st September at the Shree Swaminarayan Temple Golders Green
The spiritual leader of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi, His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj, arrived in the UK for a special Concert to promote this unique interfaith initiative and to support the first ever National Sewa Day as part of the temples own celebrations of 10th anniversary of the installation of idols in the new shrine.
Mr Mike Freer MP, Mr Matthew Offord MP Bob Blackman MP and over 50 leading councillors and Hindu organisation leaders attended the concert in support of these initiatives.
The guests accepted a sacred thread which was tied to their wrist by from Acharya Swamishree as an affirmation of bonding and friendship.
The Concert featured a specially composed adaptation of River Dance, Scottish bagpipes and an Indian Dhol composition performed by the temples Shree Muktajeevan Academies of Excellence who are celebrating 10 years of excellence this year.
The event was broadcast live over the internet to the world.
Jewish Synagogue and Christian Church leads joined the campaign and agreed joint projects with Mitzvah Day Organisers, which also takes place on the same day.
Laura Marks Chair of Mitzvah Day added, "Mitzvah Day is delighted to be working with the Hindu community to promote social action within and beyond our own communities." She added, "this has been a very colorful and inspirational event. The talent of the young members of this community is remarkable"
Arup Ganguly (chair of National Sewa Day added), "This truly is a grand launch for the communities Initiatives for National Sewa Day."
Golders Green is the heart of London’s Jewish Community as well as having several active churches in the locality, the temple is taking this opportunity to join forces with the Jewish and Christian communities to act as the focal point for true interfaith cohesion. Especially as Mitzvah day (The Jewish equivalent of NSD) falls on the same day 21st November.
The temples motto for its campaign is..."Interfaith cohesion....love in motion"...Because it’s particular NSD social action initiatives plan to join forces with their Jewish and Christian neighbours.