A warm welcome at city Diwali celebrations

Posted on - 11th November, 2018 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston City Centre, Preston News, Uncategorized

The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Bow Lane was awash with colour and light as it threw open its doors to the community to join in Diwali celebrations this week.


Blog Preston were among the guests who included The Mayor of Preston, councillor Trevor Hart, Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, Lord Shuttleworth and the Deputy Chief Constable Sunita Gamblin.

Visitors were greeted at the doors of the Mandir where members of the BAPS community tied  red and gold bracelets which symbolise friendship around their wrists.

Ambrish Limbachia said: “Every single one of you, whether you are a distinguished guest or VIP – you are all special to us.

“You are all divine to us – thank you for being here today. You have made our occasion very, very special.”


The High Sheriff and Mayor were invited to join in the lighting of the diya, the divine flame, which symbolises purity, goodness, good luck and power.

Among the prayers and sermons, guests were reminded of the values of Diwali – a celebration of the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance and hope over despair – as films were played showing some of the charitable and community activities which have taken place over the year.

City dignitaries were presented with floral garlands and a cheque was also presented to Heartbeat – the Mandir’s chosen charity for 2018.

The Mayor of Preston, Coun Trevor Hart, said: “It is always a real honour to share this occasion with you. When you step into this room and see everything you have got it looks fantastic.

“It just shows how important an occasion it is and how wonderful it is to come here, to come together, to celebrate Diwali as one.

“I’d just like to say a big, big, thank you for inviting us here.”

Diwali, the festival of light, is the biggest celebration in the Hindu calendar and is the start of the Hindu financial year.

Families decorate their porches with flower garlands and light candles and fireworks to bring in the new year.

BAPS Shri Swiminarayan Mandir, Bow Lane, Preston


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