On 26 December,
BAPS centres in Chennai and across the globe arranged mass prayers for
the departed souls. Relatives and friends of the deceased had also attended
the gathering to offer their respects and prayers. Many found peace
after the ceremony.
Prayer Meeting, London
On 2 January, the High Commissioners and representatives of Bangladesh,
India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand
all met at Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Neasden (London), to pray and appeal
for help. More than 3,000 people joined in solidarity to offer their
sympathies and support.
Assemblies in USA
On 2 January, prayer assemblies were held at Houston, Chicago, New Jersey,
Washington and other BAPS centres in the USA. Representatives of federal
and state governments and all religious faiths attended to offer their
prayers and support.
Prayer Gathering, Amdavad
On 3 January, religious leaders of Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Zoroastrianism,
Parsee and others gathered on one stage to offer prayers sung by BAPS
sadhus in Amdavad. The solemn event was attended by 4,000 people.
Assembly in Chennai
During the Pongal festival, from 13 to 21 January, the BAPS centre in
Chennai had organised a special 9-day prayer assembly. The event was
attended by members from all communities.
On 9 January, Premier of Ontario, Dalton McGuinty visited the BAPS mandir
in Toronto to join in the special Pray-a-Thon. Other government officials
and representatives of all religious faiths also attended.
Minister of Australia offers prayers, Sydney
On 16 January, the Prime Minister of Australia, The Rt. Hon. John Howard,
the Consul General of India to Australia, M. Ganapathi, and many leaders
from the Indian and Australian communities gathered at the BAPS centre
in Sydney to offer prayers for the tsunami victims.