Arjun asked Bhagwan Shree Krishna, "O Shree Krishna! You are omniscient. You are the fountainhead of all the scriptures. O Narayan! You are supreme Bhagwan of all universes. What is the origin of Vrat of Ekadashi? How should one observe its Vrat and what is the reward of this Vrat? Who else has observed this Vrat in the bygone era? Please answer these questions in detail."
Shree Krishna replied, "O Arjun! Listen very intently to this Katha, which has the capacity to wash away all sins. I shall narrate the legend behind the Vrat of Ekadashi. This Ekadashi (falling in the dark fortnight Vad Paksha of Kartik) is called Utpatti Ekadashi and observing its Vrat, including fasting on this day, augments one's Bhakti and wealth."
Bhagwan Shree Krishna narrated the legend of how Ekadashi was born from His ten senses and mind in the form of a maiden and beheaded a demon called Mur and saved the world from a grave calamity.
Wishing you and your family a very Happy Diwali and Prosperous New Year!
May Lord Shree Swaminarayan shower his immense blessings on you and your family and fill your life with joy and great happiness and make all your wishes come true for the coming year ahead.
04/11/2018 - Rama Ekadashi Fast
04/11/2018 - Vagh Baras
05/11/2018 - Dhan Teras
06/11/2018 - Shree Hanuman Poojan, Kali Chaudas
07/11/2018 - Diwali, Laxmi Poojan from 7pm
08/11/2018 - Ankoot, Govardhan Poojan, New Year 2075
09/11/2018 - Bhai Beej
Ankoot Darshan will be from 8:00am - 7:00pm and Aarti will be at 11:00am
London Mayor Sadiq Khan will be visiting from 9:00am - 9:40am
Important parking information reminder
Diwali parking arrangements have been made to accommodate devotees on New Years Day. Please proceed to temple through Willesden Lane onto Deerhurst Road and drop-off passengers outside the temple. Parking Stewards will give further instructions on parking. Please be aware no parking should be made on resident bays including bays on Chatsworth Road between the hours of 10.00am and 15.00pm.
We would like to request devotees to use public transport & car share where possible.
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With its origins stemming from a handful of people searching for a place of worship in a new country, Shree Swaminarayan Temple, Willesden has today become much more than one of the biggest Hindu Temples in Europe. From humble beginnings, it has grown to become an inspiration to thousands, keeping our culture, music and language alive with the hint of the British lifestyle we have grown up with. It continues to teach the core foundations of our religion; compassion, thirst for knowledge, morality, and respect for all human beings. As an important part of the local community, Willesden Temple has become a place where lifelong friendships have been made.
As a community we encourage all our Temple visitors to car share, walk or use public transport where possible.
Nearest Underground station: Willesden Green
Overground station: Brondesbury Park
Buses: 52, 98, 260, 266, 302, 460
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