The GHS Centre is a focal point for religious activities and the celebration of the various festivals. Here, members of the Hindu community from Preston, UK and abroad visit every day for darshan. Here, every Hindu can receive the visions of the divine deities of the Temple.
In maintaining the services for the Hindu adherents, GHS organises annual festivals. Devotees come for darshan, prashad and to learn more about forthcoming activities and how they can participate in pujas. By doing this, the devotees are able to heighten their spiritual consciousness and re-energise themselves. Some examples include the Shhuddhikaran ceremony i.e. cleansing of the deities to mark the restoration of spiritual energy. During the very auspicious month of Purushottam, we organise a Bhagvad Saptah for the benefit of the devotees. Listening to the katha gives profound insight and vision into the true meaning of atma, the soul and liberation from the cycle of birth.
Every year on the anniversary of the Pranprathishta, a yagna is performed. Devotees perform the yagna for themselves but the head of the GHS Executive Committee performs the ceremony for the betterment of the Hindu community. The important and revered ‘Sanatan Dharm’ flag is hoisted by the sponsor devotee with much ceremony and pride.
Annual events are celebrated at the centre – Navratri and yagna, Diwali and Annkut, Tulsi Vivah, Jalaram Jayanti, Shivratri, Holi, Ram Navmi, Hanuman Jayanti, Hindola Mohatsav, Janmashtami, Radhaashtami, Ganesh Chaturthi, to name just a few. The monthly bhajan bhojan are specifically organised for younger children, including those from the Balkunj Group. On this day, the bhojan is popularly sponsored by devotees.
A daily service which takes place at Mandir is the Sampurna Seva or Lifetime Endowment. Devotees nominate a day of their choice (this can be a birthday, wedding anniversary or other memorable date) and deity (Bholenath, Ambamata at the price of £101.00 and Ramchandraji at £151.00). Out of the 365 days in the year, the numbers of vacant days are Bholenath – 83, Ambamaa – 116 and Ramchandra – 146. Every year on your nominated memorable day, prashad and prayers are offered to the deity of your choice for your personal benefaction. We sincerely appreciate all the help and support from the devoted community and volunteers for their time and energy, and of course everyone’s financial support. We strongly acknowledge that the Mandir is OURS and it is everyone’s duty to regularly bring all the family members to the Mandir and participate in other activities to maintain our religion and rich culture.