Cr Ricky Kirkham attends Janmashtami celebrations at BAPS Mandir

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The Upanishads are one of the most ancient and sacred scriptures of Hinduism. The philosophy of the Upanishads is absolute unity – “Oneness of Paramatma and His creation”. They are sources of strength and solace for mankind which mould character by endowing basic virtues of humanity such as, courage, forgiveness, unity, honesty and universal brotherhood. They enlighten one to lead a life by which one can attain liberation.

To embark on the holy month of Shravan and convey such knowledge, with the inspiration from His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj, BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Mill Park held spiritual and motivational discourses on the Upanishads led by learned BAPS sadhus from India, Pujya Adarshjivan Swami and Pujya Gnanvardhan Swami between 14 and 18 August. Indian Independence Day and Raksha Bandhan were also celebrated in Swamiji’s presence.

One of the most important Hindu festivals ‘Krishna Janmashtami’ was celebrated in grandeur on Sunday, 1 September at the Mandir. The programme began with spiritual discourses and soothing bhajans followed by a cultural dance performance by BAPS children to depict ‘Krishna Leela’ (life and work of Shri Krishna). One of the highlights of the celebration was the presence of Cr Ricky Kirkham, who is the youngest councillor representing the City of Whittlesea.

Mr Kirkham presented his views on Hinduism and Indian community as a whole through his inspirational speech. The programme concluded with arti followed by the swinging of the ‘paranu’ (birth cradle) of Shri Krishna by all the devotees. The women wing also celebrated Janmashtami on Saturday, 6 September.

Mandir events in October-November:
Vijaya Dashami (Dashera) celebration on Sunday, 13 October 2013, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Sharad Purnima on Sunday, 20 October 2013, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Diwali Chopda Pujan on Saturday, 2 November 2013, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Annakut Utsav on Tuesday, 5 November 2013 (Melbourne Cup Day), from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM

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