A Preston temple celebrated the life of His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj as part of a four day festival.

The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir brought people from different faiths together as part of the series of events to celebrate his message of, ‘In the joy of others lies our own.’ 

Throughout 2022, hundreds of thousands around the world will be honouring and celebrating his inspiring life of 'selfless service, devotion and spirituality' through a number of uplifting programmes.

The event in Preston included insightful talks, video shows, traditional Indian folk dance and devotional singing presented by swamis from India along with performers of various ages from across the country.

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Voices from the local community will also share their personal experiences and explain how the work of Pramukh Swami Maharaj has supported the region.

Guests and leaders from the community, including former councillor Peter Moss joined the local congregation for the celebration.

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Sangeeta Limbachia - Patel said, “Pramukh Swami Maharaj has touched my life and so many others in Preston, as well as millions more across the world. 

"This was a chance, on his 100th birthday to celebrate and learn from his extraordinary life and work and hear more about how he left his special mark on this part of the world.” 

Pramukh Swami Maharaj travelled across the world to foster love, peace, harmony, righteousness and faith in God. 

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Under his leadership, BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) flourished into an international spiritual and humanitarian organisation with more than one million members, 55,000 volunteers and 3,850 centres around the world.