Diwali is a time of year when people come together and share the joy in their lives. They put aside their differences and work towards fostering a sense of community in all around them. On Saturday 14th October the youngsters of Shree Swaminaryan Temple London took part in the London Borough of Brent Diwali Festivities, and took a sample of our culture to the community at large.
In the morning, the Temple's world reknown pipe band - Shree Muktajeevan Pipe Band - and a group of young girls of Shree Muktajeevan Arts & Culture Academy who had prepared a series of traditional Indian dances, took part in the Brent Cross Diwali Mela. Their performances brought smiles to the faces of the crowds of shoppers, and showcased the fusion of traditional and cotemporary talent the temple has developed.
Later in the day, Shree Muktajeevan Pipe Band took part in a special Diwali parade that started from the Alperton Tube Station, along Ealing Road, and wound its way through the crowd filled streets of Brent to Barham Park, Wembley. The band marched the entire distance playing traditional Scottish bagpipe tunes, Indian melodies, bhajans, and original tunes composed by band members.
His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj is the spiritual leader of Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan. He is the current and fifth heir in the lineage of ascetic Acharyas, which descends directly from Lord Shree Swaminarayan. He is the incumbent Acharya of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi.