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Murti Pratishtha

Murti Pratishtha was performed of the Ramdarbar, Mataji, Lord Ganesh, Lord Hanuman, Kalash Pujan and Dhwaja Aropan.

Our learned priest Pujya Acharya Ratilal Maharaj performed all the ceremonies over the 2 days.

Dignitaries came from India, the UK and the USA for this very auspicious occasion.

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New Community Centre opened

On 22nd January 2000, the new Community Centre was opened. Activities were transferred from 48 West Cliff  to the new building.

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Work commenced on Centre redevelopment

On 9th April, work commenced on the redevelopment of the Community Centre and Temple. The foundation stone-laying ceremony was performed by Pujya Krishna Shankar Shastri with Manubhai Madhvani and Dr. L.M. Shinghvi – High Commissioner of India.

A steel cage held the shrine of Lord Krishna and Shiva with access specially built so that worship by the Pujari could be continued. Worship and service of the deities continued in this manner for 22 months, From April 1998 to November 1999.

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Appointment of building contractor

John Turner & Sons was appointed the main building contractor on the auspicious occasion of Shivratri. On the 15th March 1998 the Society moved to temporary premises at 48 West Cliff.

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Millennium Commission funding announcement

On 16th November 1997, the Millennium Commission announced that it would be providing a grant of £1.64 million towards the total project cost of £3.28 million.

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Laying the foundation stone

While awaiting the Millennium Commission’s formal announcement regarding funding approval, the Committee decided to organise a foundation stone-laying ceremony. This took place on the 24 & 25 August 1997. Pujya Swami Sachidanand performed the Bhumi Pujan and land sanctification, witnessed by Dr. L M Singhvi. This was followed by the stone-laying ceremony by Pujya Krishna Shanker Shastri accompanied by Manubhai Madhvani and Shardaben.

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Start of the redevelopment project

This image shows the start of the Sankalp Vidhi (taking vows) by the executive Committee and the Board of Trustees.

On 1st October 1996, NJSR were appointed the main architect for the building project. An application was made to the Millennium Commission in December 1996 for the development project. The application was short-listed and a full application was submitted to the Millennium Commission in February 1997.

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Launch of Gujarat Training & Resource Centre

In 1992, the Gujarat Training and Resources Centre was launched to assist the unemployed members of the community. In the same year, the Society also purchased additional land at the back for car parking spaces.

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Shiv-Shakti Murti Pratishtha procession

The fifth Shiv-Shakti Murti Pratishtha procession through Preston Town Centre was held with unique Rath from Hare Krishna Temple, on 3 August 1983.

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Launch of ‘One day puja offering to the lord by devotees’

In 1983 to support the Society’s activities, the first ‘One day puja offerings to the lord by devotee’ (Sampurna Seva scheme) was launched.