This year it was ISKCON’s turn to host the annual Diwali in London (DiL) event, which was especially appropriate because it is Bhaktivedanta Manor’s 50th anniversary.
Special features provided by Bhaktivedanta Manor included a tent showcasing many of ISKCON’s achievements and what is on offer, and book tables. The junior Bhaktivedanta Players put on a delightful performance of The Ramayan.
Opening speeches on the main festival stage were delivered by five ISKCON devotees, including Manor President Visakha Dasi, Managing Director Nila Madhava Das and permanent DIL Committee member Sanjay Krishna.
DiL encourages wide participation, fresh thinking and increasing awareness among-st Londoners of all things relating to Diwali, the festival of lights. The annual festival in Trafalgar Square includes a line up of music, dance and performances on the main stage from London’s Hindu, Sikh and Jain communities.