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Inspirator: His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj
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Kalash Pooja -18th August 2014

An iconic element of traditional Hindu temples are the colossus towers (Sikhar) that adorn the roof of the building and signify the position of Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa within the Mandir. These towers are topped with ornate golden caps (kalash) and ceremonial flags. On the 18th of August 2014, the kalash Ceremony (topping off ceremony) for the new Kingsbury Mandir Grand Opening Festival was performed in the presence of Acharya Swamishree Maharaj.

The new Kingsbury Mandir is adorned with eight magnificent kalash. Acharya Swamishree performed poojan and aarti to the kalash in the presence of Lord SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa inside the Mandir, before they were taken outside to be transferred to the roof by crane. On the roof, each kalash was attached to a sikhar (tower) by sants as Shree Muktajeevan Pipe Band played in the compound below, and saluted as each kalash was attached, and the gathered disciples applauded and cheered. For the kalash on the sikhar above Shree Ghanshyam Maharaj, Acharya Swamishree, was taken up to the top of the sikhar by crane and positioned the final kalash himself. As he gave darshan Acharya Swamishree raised the largest cheers. The flags for the Mandir were hoisted aloft and finally the new Kingsbury Mandir was complete, and it was a sight to behold. A magnificent addition to the skyline of London.


Kalash Pooja