Women take inspiration from Hindu temple celebration

POSITIVITY, kindness and community impact were among the themes explored by women during a special celebration at a Hindu temple in Ashton-under-Lyne.

More than 200 women of all ages and diverse backgrounds came together at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Manchester to mark the United Nations’ International Women’s Day.

They undertook an inspiring two-hour programme called ‘Celebrating Women: Uplifting Communities’ focussed on how everyone can be an advocate for harmony and draw inspiration from women past and present.

It delved into the challenges the Covid pandemic and ongoing cost-of-living crisis have presented for individuals and communities.

The programme looked at themes such as cultivating a positive mindset and the transformative power of small acts of kindness through video presentations, testimonies and an insightful panel discussion.

The participants included Councillor Sangita Patel and Tameside Council’s Community Safety Officer Sue Moorcroft, who shared their personal experiences.

Kashmira Patel, a volunteer at BAPS, said: “His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj regularly reminds us that we should always be striving to selflessly serve others for the greater good of the world and teaches us that unity in diversity is our biggest strength.

“Together, we can build bridges and foster understanding, enabling us to pave the way for making a meaningful difference and uplifting our communities.

“In celebration of International Women’s Day this year, we hope this programme empowered women to take that small step and positively impact the society we live in.”

The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, on Lees Road, provides various educational, community and spiritual activities for children, young people, families and elderly people.

It is also a place of worship for hundreds of Hindus across Greater Manchester.

More information about the Mandir can be found at baps.org/manchester.

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