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Multi-faith Memorial Service for the Victims of the Mumbai Explosions


Posted July 14, 2006

13 July 2006 - The Hindu Forum of Britain is to hold a multi-faith memorial service to remember the victims of the Mumbai bombings on Friday 14 July at 7.30 pm at the Bhaktivedanta Manor Temple in Watford. Spiritual leaders from different faith communities in the UK will chant prayers in, Sanskrit, Latin, Hebrew, Arabic, Punjabi, Tibetan and Prakrit.

The event will be hosted by ISKCON Bhaktivedanta Manor Temple, at Bhaktivedanta Manor, Dharam Marg, Off Hilfield Lane, Aldenham, Watford, WD25 8EZ

Baroness Amos, Leader of the House of Lords and the Mayors of Brent, Harrow, Hertesmere and Barnet will join representatives of the Indian High Commission and faith leaders to light seven lamps dedicated to the victims at each of the locations of the blast. This will be followed by a joint prayer led by Ramesh Kallidai, secretary general of the Hindu Forum of Britain and 12 faith community leaders who will hold a candle each while wearing their traditional religious dress. Some of the faith leaders who will recite the joint prayer will include:

Messages will be read from the Prime Minister, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Chief Rabbi, the Foreign Secretary and others.

Camera crew, reporters and photographers should confirm attendance to Sanjay Mistry at or 07810 368 772 or Ramesh Kallidai at 07915 383 103

Photographers attending should report to Vinay Tanna at the Media Desk and call 07780707060


The Hindu Forum of Britain (HFB) represents 270 Hindu organisations across the United Kingdom. At the core of the Forum's activities is a strong belief in the richness and diversity of the Hindu religious expression, its philosophical value system that encompasses respect for all beings and faiths, and a cultural heritage that facilitates community cohesion and coexistence. One of the key aims of the Hindu Forum of Britain is to ensure that British Hindus are fully included in building a compassionate, safe and respectful British society driven by its common vision of diversity, equality and social cohesion. HFB has three main activities supporting its aims: