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Delhi blasts: Memorial service in UK for victims

The service, which includes lighting of lamps by dignitaries, prayers and offering of flowers, will be part of a larger Diwali celebration.

india Updated: Nov 02, 2005 17:58 IST

Several people of Indian origin from across Britain are expected to attend a memorial service for the victims of the terrorist attacks in New Delhi that killed 59 people.

The service, scheduled for Sunday, will be held at the Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna Temple near Watford.

The service, which includes lighting of lamps by dignitaries, prayers and offering of flowers, will be part of a larger Diwali celebration, Ramesh Kallidai, secretary-general of the Hindu Forum of Britain, said.

Events that day will include colourful dances, traditional costumed artistes, plays from ancient Indian history, free vegetarian meals, bullock cart rides, meditation tents, lectures and devotional singing.

The day will culminate in a spectacular fireworks display that will light up the skies north of London, Kallidai said.

"While celebrating Diwali, we thought we should also remember the plight of the victims of the bomb blasts," explained Gauri Dasa, president of Bhaktivedanta Manor.

"Diwali is about compassion, and sharing of grief is as important as sharing of happiness. Everyone, irrespective of their culture or faith, is welcome to the service and the celebrations that will follow," Dasa said.

Bhaktivedanta Manor, run by ISKCON, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, attracts the largest Hindu congregation in Britain during major Hindu festivals like Janmashtami and Diwali.

On Tuesday, a memorial service was held at the St Paul's cathedralto remember the victims of the July 7 London blasts.

The service at the cathedral, sometimes known as "parish church of the nation", and "the Londoner's church", was calm, thoughtful and reflective.

Organisers of the service were keen to stress the multi-faith nature of London and the bombing victims. Young people from the Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and Jewish faiths came together to light "candles of hope".