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Respect for one’s parents is a value that is embedded in Hindu scriptures and which is continuously reinforced in assemblies and activities organised by the Children’s Forum of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha. These virtues were celebrated with special programmes held at various mandirs and centres in the UK on Sunday 6 March 2016.

Entitled ‘Matru-Devo Bhava’, the events were organised and presented entirely by children – some as young as two years of age – to offer their respect and appreciation to their mothers.

Activities ranging from making cards through to recitation of poetry by daughters to their mothers provided a memorable day for many families.

One of the key objectives of the event was to strengthen the bond between mothers and daughters. This was achieved through a special mahapuja conducted by balikas, where mothers and daughters had the opportunity to be seated together in prayer for peace and unity in the family.

The programme also drew upon inspiring Hindu children from the past, such as Shravan from the Ramayan, who as a young boy served his blind and aged parents.

Mothers were touched by the gestures of love, respect and gratitude from their children. One mother remarked, “I think events like these really help to strengthen the bond between parents and children. Thank you for organising such an inspiring day.”

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