BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in London has welcomed worshippers and visitors from the local community and around the country, as well from abroad, since it first opened its doors in August 1995.
This year, as the Mandir celebrates its 20th anniversary, many events have been organised to thank various groups of people for their continued support and commitment.
Central to its establishment and various ongoing activities has been the dedicated support of elderly volunteers. On Sunday 10 May 2015, a special event was organised at the Mandir to celebrate their efforts in helping build the Mandir over 20 years ago and to appreciate their dedicated services to this day.
Guests were warmly welcomed by a team of volunteers at the entrance gate. Upon arrival, each had their photograph taken with the Mandir backdrop which was later gifted to them as a memento of their visit.
The senior volunteers were then entertained by musicians, comedians, a colourful dance, various games and presentations, and a magic show, before being treated to a sumptuous vegetarian meal.
Sadhus and trustees of the Mandir also offered their personal notes of appreciation, thanking everyone for their invaluable contribution over the years.
The event was thoroughly enjoyed by all who were able to attend, and many offered their personal testimonies. One elderly lady remarked: “When I walked inside the dining hall, I could not believe what I saw. The effort was phenomenal. I feel so deeply touched.” Another volunteer, a senior gentleman, added: “You did all this for us! The whole event was simply overwhelming, bringing back so many memories of when the Mandir was being built. Thank you for making us feel so special.”