With the Grand Celebration only days away, please save the dates! Join us in welcoming H.H Maharajshree and Santos on Friday 12th July, sing along with our new music album "Aavo Maara Naath", bring your kids along to an extravagant fun fill day at our Swaminarayan Mela, come and enjoy the sight of our Ghanshyam Maharaj bathe in flowers at the Rajoupchaar ceremony. Are you not an early bird? Worry not! Ghanshyam Maharaj's Abhishek will be well worth the early start. Calling all Grandmothers, Mothers, Daughters, Sisters and Wives – Don't miss a ladies only sabha in the presence of H.H Gadiwala Shree and Shreeraja, come along and sing along to the ladies only musical extravaganza. See bhakta Prahlad come to life where our youth bring to you story of Prahlad through an interactive musical. Do you like to dance? Bring your dancing groove and join us for the Maha Raas Utsav. Our beloved Bhuj Mandir Santos will be reciting Shree Bhaktchintamani in the mornings and Hanuman Chalisa Choipai Gaan in the evenings. Our congregation will be blessed with the arrival of H.H Lalji Maharajshree too. Look through our Itinerary as there is so much more planned for this 9 day event!
Arjun asked Bhagwan Shree Krishna, "O Shree Krishna! You are omniscient. You are the fountainhead of all the scriptures. O Narayan! You are supreme Bhagwan of all universes. What is the origin of Vrat of Ekadashi? How should one observe its Vrat and what is the reward of this Vrat? Who else has observed this Vrat in the bygone era? Please answer these questions in detail."
Shree Krishna replied, "O Arjun! Listen very intently to this Katha, which has the capacity to wash away all sins. I shall narrate the legend behind the Vrat of Ekadashi. This Ekadashi (falling in the dark fortnight Vad Paksha of Kartik) is called Utpatti Ekadashi and observing its Vrat, including fasting on this day, augments one's Bhakti and wealth."
Bhagwan Shree Krishna narrated the legend of how Ekadashi was born from His ten senses and mind in the form of a maiden and beheaded a demon called Mur and saved the world from a grave calamity.
With its origins stemming from a handful of people searching for a place of worship in a new country, Shree Swaminarayan Temple, Willesden has today become much more than one of the biggest Hindu Temples in Europe. From humble beginnings, it has grown to become an inspiration to thousands, keeping our culture, music and language alive with the hint of the British lifestyle we have grown up with. It continues to teach the core foundations of our religion; compassion, thirst for knowledge, morality, and respect for all human beings. As an important part of the local community, Willesden Temple has become a place where lifelong friendships have been made.
As a community we encourage all our Temple visitors to car share, walk or use public transport where possible.
Nearest Underground station: Willesden Green
Overground station: Brondesbury Park
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