Akshar Purushottam Bal Mandal, UK Launches Golden Jubilee Celebrations
1 June 2003, London,
Maharaj was a divine visionary of child development activities.
He established the Bal Mandal (Children's Wing) in 1954 and
thus 2004 marks the golden jubilee of the Bal Mandal. His Holiness
Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the current spiritual leader of the Swaminarayan
Sampraday, has given impetus to these activities and today there
are over 5100 Bal Mandals worldwide with over 100,000 children
attending weekly assemblies.
On Sunday 1 June 2003
the Bal Mandal of UK launched their Golden Jubilee Celebrations
'Bal Pravrutti Suvarna Jayanti'. Over 3000 devotees attended
this unique launch, which was compered and conducted by members
of the Bal Mandal. The program included chanting of the shantipaath,
the singing of kirtans and a grand finale featuring a dance
"Aje suvarna mahotsav aj
" It was an extraordinary
sight to see three-year-old Neal narrating a story to a gathering
of 3000 devotees and twelve-year-old Sandeep confidently delivering
a speech on the moral values that this organisation has nurtured
in children living in Western society. The highlight was a grand
procession in which both adults and children placed a kumbh
(a symbol of eternity) before the murtis to launch various projects
marking the start of the golden jubilee celebrations.
In line with Pramukh
Swami Maharaj's aspiration of providing the best child care
activities and to commemorate the jubilee celebrations, Bal
Mandal UK, have earmarked 8 major projects that will run over
the next 18 months. These are as follows:
Establishing a rapport with the parents of the children of the
Raising the awareness of the BAPS' worldwide welfare activities.
Inspiring moral and spiritual qualities in children via prayer
Encouraging and nurturing children's abilities in cultural activities.
Coaching children to be proficient in various talents and religious
Special prayers for world peace conducted by the children.
Inspiring ballet dedicated to Yogiji Maharaj and Pramukh Swami
Suvarna Bal Nagri:
A fun packed National Children's Festival, first of its kind
in the UK