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Thousands enjoy Harrow Hanuman Jayanti festival

The Hindu festival celebrates the birth of Lord Hanuman, the monkey god. The Hindu community in Harrow celebrates Hanuman Jayanti More than 3,000 people in the Harrow Hindu community took part in the festivities of Hanuman Jayanti on Saturday (April 4) at Harrow Leisure Centre. Spiritual Leader His Holiness Shri RajRajeshwar Guruji and the International Siddhashram Shakti Centre led the festivities including a ground shattering devotional hymn that lasted for over six hours. Hanuman Jayanti is a Hindu celebration of the birth of the Vanara god, Hanuman. All attendees were provided with sanctified food, prasad. Participants also witnessed the largest sweet offering ever in England, with 11kg of Ladoo offered to Lord Hanuman. Local MP's Bob Blackman and Gareth Thomas joined prospective parliamentary candidates Hannah David and Uma Kumaran with the Mayor of Harrow, Ajay Maru, to support the celebrations. ...

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About 3000 people attended to Celebration of Hanuman Jayanti by His Holiness Shri RajRajeshwar Guruji- Siddhashram -UK

Great Celebration of Hanuman Jayanti More than 3000 people of the local Hindu Community participated during the celebration of the birth of Lord Hanuman a Hindu deity on Saturday 4th April 2014 at the Harrow Leisure Centre. The festivities were led by Spiritual Leader His Holiness Shri RajRajeshwar Guruji and the International Siddhashram Shakti Centre by the chanting of 108 Hanuman Chalisa, a devotional hymn consisting of 40 verses dedicated to the Hindu God, which lasted continuously for over 6 hours with the participation of the community. The vibrations and the sanctity could be felt by all those who attended Devotees also witnessed the largest sweet offering ever in England of 11kg (ladoo) made of gram flour to Lord Hanuman. Local MP’s Bob Blackman, Gareth Thomas and prospective parliamentary candidates Hannah David and Uma Kumaran, together with the Mayor of Harrow Ajay Maru and other dignitaries attended and supported the celebrations. All attendees were p...

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Songs and food offered at Rama Navami festival at International Siddhashram Shakti Centre

Community members enjoyed food and songs at a Hindu festival. More than 250 people attended the International Siddhashram Shakti Centre, in Palmerston Road to take part in the Rama Navami festival. Spiritual Leader Shri Raj Rajeshwar Guruji recited the devotional song of Lord Rama, while guests were offered ceremonial food. The festival is held to celebrate the birth of the god Rama to King Dasharatha and Queen Kausalya in Ayodhya. ...

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Cheque of more than £1,000 presented to charity

Hindus presented a cheque to charity following a nine-day festival. International Siddhashram Shakti Centre celebrated the festival of Navratri in September last year, and has now presented a cheque of more than £1,000 to Age UK Harrow from money raised during the festivities. Volunteers from Age UK Harrow worked with people from the centre to make the festival successful and enjoyable. A total of £1,001 was presented by Age UK chairman Dal Babu and trustees Raj Rajeshwar Guruji, Minesh Patel and Dilip Choubal to Avani Modessa, Age UK Harrow chief executive on March 30....

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Hindu priest returns home after official Goa visit

A Hindu priest was invited to take part in an 'enlightening' spiritual festival in Goa. Gurudev Rajeshji Parmar, founder of Siddhashram Shakti Centre, has returned to Harrow after travelling to Goa, India, in February to take part in Hindu festival Divya Devasthan Sabha. The priest was among hundreds of scholars and religious leaders invited by the Indian government. During his visit he met the chief minister of Goa and the cabinet minister for India, a popular preacher for Hinduism in Goa. More than 40,000 people attended the event, which was held to raise awareness about the Hindu community and bring members together for a celebration of faith. He said: “People have ideas of Goa of sightseeing, beaches and casino. But Goa is not just that – it’s a spiritual land too. “The people there are so humble and believe strongly in diversity. It was a great experience.” ...

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Hundreds paint the town with colour at Holi festival

Paint was thrown and prayers were said as hundreds of people celebrated the Hindu festival of Holi. More than 1,000 people attended colourful celebrations held by the International Siddhashram Shakti Centre in the car park of Harrow Civic Centre last week. The Hindu Spring festival of Holi, or Holika, literally means ‘burning’ and also marks the victory of good over evil and faith over adversity. Richard Claydon of London Fire Brigade, Harrow Police Borough Commander Simon Ovens and Inspector Mahil of the Metropolitan Police Service Ealing were among those attending alongside several politicians and candidates. Raj Rajeshwar Guruji , the founder of the centre and guests took part in a Vedic ceremony including prayers and the burning of an effigy of Holika, the evil sister of the demon king Hiranyakashipu. Conservative Harrow West parliamentary candidate Hannah David was at the event. She said: “I was delighted to celebrate this wonderful festival of colours w...

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Holi in Harrow

The colourful Hindu Festival of ‘Holi’ was celebrated in the car park of Harrow Civic Centre by International Siddhashram Shakti Centre (ISSC). Over 1000 people from Harrow and surrounding areas attended. The Holi (Holika) literally means ‘burning’ and also marks the victory of good over evil and faith over adversity. Holi festival was attended by Mr Richard Claydon of London Fire Brigade, his wife, Harrow Police Borough Commander Simon Oven, Inspector Mahil of the Metropolitan Police Service Ealing together with Hannah David parliamentary candidate Harrow West and Uma Kumaran parliamentary candidate Harrow East, the Deputy Mayor of Harrow and Bob Blackman MP. His Holiness Shri RajRajeshwar Guruji , the founder of ISSC and the distinguished guests then took part in vedic ceremony highlighted by the burning of effigy of Holika and offering prayers. Members of the public then offered their prayers. People from all sections of the Harrow community attended, w...

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Labour leader Ed Miliband joins borough's Navratri celebrations

Leader of the Labour party Ed Miliband called for fair funding for councils when he joined Hindus from across the borough for Navratri celebrations. Harrow Times: Labour leader Ed Miliband joins borough's Navratri celebrations The Opposition leader was invited to join the festivities by Labour's parliamentary candidate for Harrow East Uma Kumaran and Harrow West MP Gareth Thomas. He was also joined by Brent North MP Barry Gardiner and MP Keith Vaz, and attennded festivities at the KP Centre, in Kenmore Avenue, and in Byron Hall at Harrow Leisure Centre, in Christchurch Avenue. Speaking exclusively to the Harrow Times, he said: "I was invited to come Harrow and I am privileged to be here for my first Navratri celebrations. "It is an important date in the calendar of the Hindu community and it's great to be here to join the celebration. "I want to get across our message about how Labour can benefit all the communities of Harrow with policies like protecting the NHS and...

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Borough's Navratri celebrations begin

An annual festival celebrated by the Hindu community began this week. Harrow Times: Borough's Navratri celebrations begin Hundreds of people from across the borough will join in with celebrations to mark Navratri. Members of the International Siddhashram Shakti Centre, in Palmerston Road, took to the streets yesterday for a procession to mark the start of their celebrations, which will last more than a week. Later in the evening people attending the first night of the festival in Bryon Hall, at Harrow Leisure Centre, in Christchurch Avenue. Navratri literally means 'nine days' and is an important date in the Hindu calendar, symbolising the triumph of good over evil. Harrow Times: Borough's Navratri celebrations begin The celebration is marked by Hindus around the world every year near the beginning of October around the time of the harvest. Each night of the festival those taking part wear traditional cloths and jewellery and perform a number of dances....

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