In celebration of International Women’s Day 2012, BAPS Women’s Forum, Loughborough, hosted an enlightening evening programme entitled ‘Bhakti Darshan’ on Saturday 31 March. The event, held at Loughborough Town Hall, was planned and executed by local women of all ages.

The audience of over 300 people were taken on an enthralling musical journey through space and time as they travelled across three of the four Hindu Yugas (ages) – namely Treta-Yuga, Dwapar-Yuga and Kali-Yuga. The performances from a 130-plus cast introduced the audience to Hinduism and how women have been empowered by traditional Hindu values. The stage production incorporated authentic costumes, graphical backdrops, and enchanting music and choreography to vividly portray the stories of inspiring Hindu women from the past.

The first episode to be enacted was of Shabri from Treta-Yuga, whose unwavering faith for Shri Rama is an inspiration even today. Entering into Dwapar-Yuga, the audience witnessed the power of prayer and Draupadi’s equally resolute faith in Shri Krishna. The final act led into Kali-Yuga, where Jivuba’s soulful devotion to Bhagwan Swaminarayan was touchingly relived.

The evening proved to be an entertaining and educative experience for everyone.

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