British Asia News Network
Preston: The Gujarat Hindu Society (GHS) Preston marked Navaratri with gaiety, celebrating the annual festival from October 10 to 18, 2018. It was another successful traditional event attended by the whole community, both young and old. The Garba is held twice a day at GHS, from 3 to 6 pm and from 8 to 10.30 pm every day, ‘Atham Yagna’ on October 17 from 10 am and Kumarika Goyni on October 20.
British Asia News spoke to Priti Patel-Solanki who has been visiting the GHS Temple since she was very young and attended Graba night at the Temple over the weekend. All the organisers are volunteers from the community and society with over 150 volunteers, the band playing the music are also volunteers from the community. The Temple has been established for over 50 years and was refurbished in 2000 with the Millennium lottery funding of £1.64 million. A further £1.64 million was raised by the community for the full renovation of the Temple into a recreational centre. It is now used for business conferences, weddings, events, educational classes for the community, yoga classes, dance classes both Bollywood and traditional, Guajarati classes and auspicious events.
The GHS also celebrated Sewa day, which is a universal concept which involves performing an act of kindness without expecting a reward. On October 14, 2018 they collected tinned and long life food from the community to be donated to the Foxton Centre Homeless Charity.