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Region 5 - New Year Bhajans and Maha Shivarathri Celebrations

New Years Day Bhajans at Gita Bhavan, Manchester

On Friday 1st January 2016, the Gita Bhavan Hindu temple of Manchester kindly offered their large prayer hall for Sai Bhajans. Together with Sai devotees, general temple worshippers came together from all over Greater Manchester and surrounding areas to take part in group devotional singing. The event began with opening prayers which filled the hall with warm and spiritual vibrations. Bhajans then followed non-stop for two and a half hours concluding with both Sai and temple Aarti. It was a wonderful start to 2016 and devotees all enjoyed the uplifting experience. We all look forward to the bhajans next year!
Our thanks and appreciation to Gita Bhavan for providing the wonderful opportunity.

Maha Shivarathri Celebrations in the Northwest

On Monday 7th March 2016 at 7.45pm, devotees from areas surrounding Manchester, including Bolton, Oldham, Warrington, Ashton and Macclesfield, all eagerly gathered at the Jain Community Centre in Manchester to celebrate the auspicious day of Maha Shivaratri. The evening began with a wonderful message from brother Ravi Sisodia about the significance of this special day, followed by the opening prayers led by the youth. All devotees were given the opportunity to personally offer worship to the Shiva Lingam which was installed on the beautiful altar that was put together for the auspicious occasion. Bhajans dedicated to Lord Shiva then ensued and continued into the night until 11.50pm. Finally, the youth offered a high energy and spiritually invigorating bhajan medley at the Lotus Feet which concluded with offering of the Aarti and closing prayers. Devotees took home with them the beautiful vibrations along with the special milk/water and Vibhuthi offering from the Lingam.

Maha Shivarathri Celebrations in Manchester

Maha Shivarathri Celebrations at the Sathya Sai Centre of Lidget Green, Bradford

On Monday 7th March 2016, devotees from Bradford, Halifax and Keighley gathered at the Sathya Sai Centre of Lidget Green to celebrate Mahashivarathri. The evening began with chants followed by Rudram . Bhajans were very uplifting and went on until midnight. The event concluded with Aarti and closing prayers. Prasadam was offered to all the devotees.

Maha Shivarathri Celebrations in Lidget Green, Bradford

Vinesh Parmar,

Vice-President, SSIO Region 5