Following the Special Prayer Assembly after the tragic series of attacks in Mumbai earlier in the week, over 350 bal-balikas with their dedicated sanchalaks and sanchalikas from the BAPS Swaminarayan Sunday School also held a prayer assembly on Sunday 30 November 2008 at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, London.
These balaks and balikas gathered to pray for all the victims and their family and friends, and for peace and harmony throughout the world. They were all aware of the saddening events, and were particularly concerned and moved because innocent children were also facing this violence. After singing Vedic peace prayers in Sanskrit, they learnt about the importance of peace and non-violence through a short visual presentation. The assembly concluded with a one-minute silence in respectful remembrance of all those who had lost their lives during this tragedy.
Additionally, all the balaks and balikas promised to turn an extra mala before they went to sleep that night to pray to Bhagwan Swaminarayan to help those children and families affected.