Diwali on Trafalgar Square (DOTS) is brought to you every year by The Mayor of London, with the Diwali in London Committee (DIL) as organising partner. The DIL Committee currently comprises of several organisations working together in harmony. Below is a brief overview of each member organisation of DIL and also weblinks to their websites. Note DIL is not responsible for the websites of its member organisations.
Art of Living
Founded in 1981 by His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, The Art of Living Foundation is an educational and humanitarian organisation engaged in conflict resolution, disaster relief, sustainable rural development, empowerment of women, prisoner rehabilitation, education for all and environmental sustainability. The organisation operates globally in 151 countries.
In a fast paced age where stress and depression are widespread, the toll of these on physical and mental health can be extremely high. The Art of Living Foundation provides people from all layers of society with practical and effective tools, derived from the ancient yogic science of breath, to alleviate stress, improve health and increase wellness.
For details about the ‘Science of Breath’ follow this link:
Everyone has an enlightened side full of confidence and clarity. Unlock your deepest potential and bring fullness to your life.
BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir
BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha is a worldwide Hindu organisation revealed by Bhagwan Swaminarayan in the late 18th century and currently led by the spiritual guidance of His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
BAPS strives to fulfil the spiritual and social needs of people while promoting inner peace and harmony between individuals, within families, and among communities.
In the UK, BAPS is headquartered at the internationally-acclaimed BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, north-west London (the ‘Neasden Temple’) and is especially known for its multifarious religious and community outreach activities.
Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (UK)
The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (UK) teaches Raja Yoga as a way of
experiencing peace of mind and a positive approach to life.
The University provides opportunities for people from all religious and cultural
backgrounds to explore their own spirituality and learn skills of reflection
and meditation derived from Raja Yoga, which will help develop inner calm,
clear thinking and personal well-being.
Across the UK we work with national and local organisations and community groups in such areas as inter-religious dialogue, youth programmes, prison outreach,
social work and women’s and men’s groups. BKWSU (UK) was established as a
UK charity in 1975 and charges no fees for any of its activities, being funded
by voluntary contributions.
The University is part of a worldwide network of over 8,500 centres in more than
100 countries, the first of which was founded in India in the 1930s.
To find out more, visit our website: www.brahmakumaris.org/uk/
A special message of hope for Diwali, the festival of lights, from Sister Jayanti of the Brahma Kumari - click here to view.
Brahmin Society North London
Brahmin Society North London was formed in November 1973 and was registered as a charity in September 1983.
The aims and objectives of the Society are:
The Society organises various functions to cater for the young and old members and celebrate festivals throughout the year.
To find out more, visit our website: www.bsnl.org.uk
Chinmaya Mission (UK)
Chinmaya Mission is a world-wide spiritual organisation founded in 1953 by devotees of Swami Chinmayananda and aims to spread the knowledge of Vedanta to all corners of India and the world.
Today, it is involved in:
Chinmaya Mission (UK) is an extremely active branch of the Chinmaya Mission and is located at our centre, Chinmaya Kirti in Hendon, North-West London where we run classes and various activities for all age groups.
To find out more, visit our website: http://www.chinmayauk.org
City Hindus Network
International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) UK
ISKCON is a religious organisation that also identifies itself as the Hare Krishna Movement™, belonging to the Gaudiya-Vaishnava Sampradaya, which is a monoeistic tradition within Vedic or Hindu culture.
It is based on the Bhagavad-gita, the spiritual teachings spoken by Lord Krishna. According to tradition, this sacred text is over 5,000 years old and documents the conversation between Lord Krishna and his close friend and disciple Arjuna.
Bhaktivedanta Manor was established in 1973 by His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. The estate was donated to ISKCON by the late Beatle, George Harrison, which now the ISKCON UK flagship and plays host to key religious festivals.
To find out more, visit our website: www.bhaktivedantamanor.co.uk
Oshwal Association of the UK
The Oshwal Association of the UK (OAUK) was formed by the Halari Visa Oshwal community in UK in 1968 and registered as a Charity in 1974. The Oshwal community in UK is estimated to be in excess of 25,000 representing the largest Jain organisation in the UK. Oshwal Centre, Potters Bar is home to the first traditional Jain Temple in Europe (opened in 2005) in 80-acre grounds. The OAUK’s stated mission is to:
To find out more, visit our website: www.oshwal.org
Metropolitan Police Hindu Association
The Metropolitan Police Hindu Association (MPHA) is proud to be an integral part of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). Around 1,600 Hindus work in the MPS and this number is continuing to rise. MPHA works with the Hindu communities to promote MPS commitment on Total Policing (To catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims).
MPHA's events provide an opportunity for its members to network both within the MPS and with its external agencies. These events enable members and partners to meet and talk the executive committee about careers and other matters.
To contact MPHA please email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sai School of Harrow
Sai School of Harrow, an award winning Saturday School, delivers a multi faith and value based educational programme alongside citizenship activities for its pupils. The free school, run by a group of parent volunteers, for Hindu children is engaged in selfless service to the disadvantaged in our society.
The school’s structure mirrors a mainstream school: children register at 5 years to start reception class and finish in Year 10 with GCSE Hinduism. During Years 11 & 12, pupils graduate into the Youth Wing and assist in classes, support small and large events or help in local causes. In 2012, pupils collected toys to be distributed to play areas in London prisons to occupy children during family visits, fundraised to send mosquito nets & hosted a talent show to raise money for WaterAid.
Sai School operates from Shaftesbury High School in Harrow and children wishing to register should log on www.saischool.com & click on Get in Touch.
Telugu Association of London
TAL is a not-for-profit widely known first ever Telugu charity organisation in the UK. It was formed a decade ago (in 2005) with motto "Unite, cherish and Share Telugu Cutlrue" to serve the cultural needs of the Telugu community in the UK. We are running Telugu Cultural Centre to train in the language, and fine arts for next generation kids in London and also organise regual cultural (E.g. Ugadi, Sankrathi etc..), sporting (E.g. Badminton, Football and IPL style 20-20 Cricket tournament etc..) events, and events for Women and Children's day in memory of Nehru's Birthday to cater all ages and groups of the Telugu Community in the UK.
To find out more about us, please visit our website: http://www.taluk.org
Vishwa Hindu Parishad (UK)
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad supports, and helps maintain and protect, various activities for teaching the principles and practice of Hindu Dharma and culture. It ensures that Religious Education in British schools, supports and promotes charitable activities, supports activities that promote unity among Hindus, seeks equal opportunities for Hindus in the UK, aids Government policies, promote racial harmony, and supports inter-faith dialogue.
To find out more, visit our website: http://vhp.org.uk