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SHRIMAD BHAVAGAT KATHA
(STORY TELLING FROM THE SHRIMAD BHAGAVAT)


The Shrimad Bhagavat Katha (SBK2010) organised by GAA London at our Kenton Hall from Sat 25th September to Sun 3rd October was a highly successful event.

The inauguration of the event, the Pothi Yatra, will be televised on the ‘Out & About’ show on Zee TV (Sky Channel 788, Virgin Media Channel 809) at
17:30 BST on Saturday 9th October 2010 &
10:30 BST on Sunday 10th October 2010

The Pothi Yatra is a celebratory walking procession of tradition song, dance & music which started out from near Preston Road tube station, towards the Preston Road round-about, down Woodcock Hill and into Kenton Hall. The Procession signified the pilgrimage of the sacred Shrimad Bhagavat from across the city to its resting place at Kenton Hall or Vyas Peetham, from where its knowledge was expounded to guests who attended the Katha.

We invite you to watch this time-honoured cultural event on Zee TV.

Date Of Event Yajman Name Of Donor In Honour of Donation Amount
All 7 Katha Days Mukhya Yajman Vacant (£1501)    
Sat 25th Sept Pothi Yatra Mrs Kalaben Pravinbhai Parmar & Family In loving memory of Chaganbhai M. Parmar & Mrs Kanchanben C. Parmar, Late(s) Mr. Ambaram N. Gohil & Gajaraben A. Gohil £201.00
Sahi Yajman Mr. Shantilal Naginbhai Hargovan, Mrs. Kantaben Hargovan & Mr Santoshbhai HargovanIn loving memory of Naginbhai & Kamuben N. Hargovan £251.00
Bhojan Prasad Mr. Shantilal Naginbhai Hargovan, Mrs. Kantaben Hargovan & Mr Santoshbhai HargovanIn loving memory of Naginbhai & Kamuben N. Hargovan £301.00
Sun 26th Sept Sahi Yajman Mr Ramesh M. Parmar & Mrs Nimu R. ParmarIn Loving memory of Mulchandbhai Pitamber Parmar & Maniben M. Parmar, Mr. Bhagubhai Parbhubhai Parmar. £251.00
Bhojan Prasad Miss Karishma Somchand Parmar & Mr. Aashish Somchand Parmar   £301.00
Mon 27th Sept Sahi Yajman Mrs. Veenaben Hasmukhbhai Solanki & Hamukhbhai Motiram Solanki & FamilyIn loving memory of Motirambhai Kalidas Solanki & Premiben M. Solanki £251.00
Bhojan Prasad Lallubhai Govind Pariwar In Loving memory of Mr. Lallubhai Govind Chauhan & Jasodaben L. Chauhan £301.00
Bhojan Prasad Anonymous In Loving memory of Mr. Shantilal Jina Tailor £301.00
Bhojan Prasad Mrs. Jaswantiben & Mr. Jayantilal Narsi Jethwa & Family In Loving memory of Narsi Hamir Jethwa & Maniben N. Jethwa, Kalyabhai Bhima Chudasama & Maniben K. Chudasama, Hamirbhai Khoja Jethwa & Rudibaa Hamir Jethwa £301.00
Tue 28th Sept Sahi Yajman Mr. Bharat M. Chauhan & Immediate Family In loving memory of Mohanbhai Dajibhai Chauhan, Dajibhai Vallabhbhai Chauhan, Kasiben D. Chauhan, Jagjivanbhai Kara & Maniben J. Kara £251.00
Sahi Yajman Mrs. Padmaben Girishchandra Chauhan & Pushpaben Ishwarlal Chauhan In loving memory Mr. Girishchandra Naginbhai Bechar Chauhan, Suresh Naginbhai Chauhan; Ishwarlal Dullabhbhai Chauhan , Dullabhai & Ramiben Chauhan, Bhikhubhai & Vajiyaben Parmar & Manishkumar Chauhan £251.00
Bhojan Prasad Anonymous In loving Memory of Mr. Sukhabhai Banabhai Parmar & Mrs. Bhuliben S. Parmar £301.00
Bhojan Prasad Mr. Jitubhai Devjibhai Bodhani & Mrs. Bhartiben J. Bodhani (Luton)In loving Memory of Mr. Devjibhai Dayabhai Bodhani, Mrs. Maniben Devji Bodhani & Mr. Harshadhai Devji Bodhani £301.00
Bhojan Prasad Mr. Bharat M. Chauhan & Immediate Family In loving memory of Mohanbhai Dajibhai Chauhan, Dajibhai Vallabhbhai Chauhan, Kasiben D. Chauhan, Jagjivanbhai Kara & Maniben J. Kara £301.00
Wed 29th Sept Sahi Yajman Miss Risa Vaishali Chauhan & Miss Nyah Shriya Chauhan In loving memory of Thakorbhai Dullabh Chauhan, Dullabhbhai Makan Chauhan, Dayabhai Keshav Parmar, Lalitaben D. Parmar, Chhaganbhai Dayabhai Solanki, Dahiben C. Solanki, Chhaganbhai Ratanjibhai Parmar, Diwaliben C. Parmar £251.00
Bhojan Prasad Miss Risa Vaishali Chauhan & Miss Nyah Shriya Chauhan In loving memory of Thakorbhai Dullabh Chauhan, Dullabhbhai Makan Chauhan, Dayabhai Keshav Parmar, Lalitaben D. Parmar, Chhaganbhai Dayabhai Solanki, Dahiben C. Solanki, Chhaganbhai Ratanjibhai Parmar, Diwaliben C. Parmar £301.00
Thur 30th Sept Sahi Yajman Mr. Ichhubhai Raghabhai Parmar & Mrs. Lalitaben I. ParmarIn loving memory of Raghabhai Ramjibhai Parmar, Nandibai Raghabhai Parmar, Haribhai Dayabhai Parmar, Kankuben Haribhai Parmar £251.00
Bhojan Prasad Mrs. Lilaben, Mr. Ishwerbhai & Mr. Neal Prakash Solanki In loving memory of Mr. Devjibhai Dayabhai Bodhani, Mrs. Maniben Devji Bodhani & Mr. Harshadbhai Devji Bodhani £301.00
Bhojan Prasad Mr. Ramniklal Bechar Govind, Mrs Dinaben Govind, Mr. Nilesh R Govind, Mrs Dharmistha N. Govind, Aryan & Dylan Govind. In loving memory of Late(s) Mr. Becharbhai Govind & Ambaben B. Govind £301.00
Fri 1st Oct Sahi Yajman Mr. Ashish S. Parmar & Miss Karishma S. Parmar   £251.00
Bhojan Prasad Mrs Laxmiben Jamnadas Myanger & Miss Usha Jamnadas Myanger In loving memory of Jamnadas Nathubhai Myanger £301.00
Bhojan Prasad Mr. Mohanbhai M. Miyanger, Mrs. Sheelaben M. Miyanger, Mr. Sanjay M. Miyanger, Mr. Binesh M. Miyanger & immediate Families In loving memory of Late(s) Mr. Ramjibhai Jagjivan Miyanger & Mrs. Godavriben R. Miyanger £301.00
Bhojan Prasad Mrs. Maniben Parbhubhai Chauhan & Family In loving memory of Bhagabhai Chauhan, Ramiben Chauhan & Parbhubhai Bhagabhai Chauhan £301.00
Bhojan Prasad Mr. Arvindbhai & Hansaben Chauhan In loving memory of Dalpatbhai Jivanji Chauhan, Miss Jyostnaben Dalpatbhai Chauhan, Mr. & Mrs. Jivanjibhai Dhanji Chauhan, Bhagwandas Fakirji Bulsara, Premilaben Bhagwandas Bulsara £301.00
Sat 2nd Oct Shraad BhajansMrs. Dhanuben D. Chauhan, Messrs Narvin D. Chauhan, Balwant D. Chauhan, Narendra D. Chauhan, Mrs. Mradula T. Chauhan & immediate Families In loving memory of Late(s) Mr. Dullabh Makan Chauhan & Thakorbhai D. Chauhan £1,201.00
Bhojan Mr. Ashwin G Chauhan & Family   £501.00
Bhojan Mrs. Dhanuben D. Chauhan, Messrs Narvin D. Chauhan, Balwant D. Chauhan, Narendra D. Chauhan, Mrs. Mradula T. Chauhan & immediate Families In loving memory of Late(s) Mr. Dullabh Makan Chauhan & Thakorbhai D. Chauhan £501.00
Bhojan Prasad Mrs. Chanchalben Gopalbhai Chauhan PariwarIn loving memory of Dajibhai Vallabhbhai Chauhan, Kasiben Dajibhai Chauhan, Gopalbhai Dajibhai Chauhan & Mohanbhai Dajibhai Chauhan£501.00
Bhojan Prasad Mr. Anantbhai G. Amliwalla & Family, Mr. Uttambhai G. Amliwalla & Family, Mr. Kishorbhai G. Amliwalla & Family In Loving memory of Lallubhai Koowerji Amliwalla, Gopalbhai L. Amliwalla, Ratanben G. Amliwalla, Dhansukhbhai G. Amliwalla & Baby Amliwalla£501.00
Sun 3rd Oct Yagna Messrs Rameshbhai, Kamleshbhai, Aneshbhai Chauhan & immediate Families   £1,111.00
MahaPrasad Messrs Ramnik & Rasik Vara   £701.00


For a full itinerary please click here

The Shrimad Bhagavat is one of the most epic and sacred books of the Hindu culture.

The Bhagavat provides a guiding light which enables the human being to experience the wonderful freedom of liberation. It expresses this philosophy through the narration of the life stories of the 24 incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Amongst these, the tenth volume of the Shrimad Bhagavat narrates the story of Lord Krishna in infinite detail.

Written by Sage Ved Vyasa, the Bhagavat leaves no topic untouched. Social, political, and economic systems have been reviewed and commented upon by him. Not just issues relating to self-liberation but even our day-to-day problems have been effectively resolved in Shrimad Bhagavat. Hence it can be emphatically stated that the Shrimad Bhagavat is an exposition, which explains human life very clearly, giving directions leading to the ultimate liberation of the soul. It is therefore an important guide for the conduct of human beings in all their affairs.

The Shrimad Bhagavat liberates us from fear, problems, and ignorance. In essence, this is the crux of Shrimad Bhagavat. The narration of Shrimad Bhagavat Katha is arranged for many reasons, but it is mainly arranged for the uplifting and welfare of the people and society, who, by listening to the stories from the Shrimad Bhagavat, would understand God and learn the way to reach him, helping inducing spiritual growth within themselves and most importantly becoming righteous and virtuous human beings.

GAA London are privileged to have organised a 7 day narration ( 3 hours a day) of the Shrimad Bhagavat and give you the opportunity to get a glimpse and insight into this revered and time honoured cultural event, which will be hosted at the GAA Kenton Hall from 25th Sept through to 1st October 2010.

On the eight day, Saturday 2nd October, 2010, as is tradition in the lunar month of Shraad, the GAA London has organised Bhajans as a tribute to our forefathers and in memory of our loved ones who have blissfully departed this world and its earthly bondage for eternity.

On the ninth and final day, Sunday 3rd October, 2010, a Yagna (a ritual of sacrifice through the element of fire) will be performed in dedication to Lord Vishnu, who is described as the supreme soul, the master of the past, present and future, creator and destroyer of all existence and one who supports, sustains and governs the Universe.

Each of the eight days of the Katha and Bhajans will end with the serving of Bhojan Prasad. A Mahaprasad will be served on the final day, following the conclusion of the Yagna.

We humbly ask you to attend and grace this auspicious and enlightening event at our GAAL Kenton Hall anytime during the nine days. If you or your family would like the privilege of performing the daily Katha Puja (as a Mukhya or Sahi Yajman) or dedicate any of the religious proceedings such as the Pothi Yatra, Bhajans or Yagna in your family’s name or simply make a donation, please contact

Vasanti Parmar (01923 820071),
Kavita Chauhan (07985 144646) or
Mani Chauhan (07779 619079).


As part of the Katha, several stories from the Shrimad Bhagavat will also be re-enacted as small plays by children from our community, acting out the various character roles adorned in elaborate costumes and colourful makeup (see itinerary on flyer). If you would like your children to participate in any of the Katha plays., please contact Kavita Chauhan at the earliest opportunity.

P.S To create further awareness and enable more people to reap the benefits of this narration, please pass on details of this auspicious event to other members of your family that may not have access to the internet.

Further details of the event will be broadcast over the next three weeks.

The event will begin from 10:00am onwards on Saturday 25th September, with a public gathering at GAA Kenton Hall for the Pothi Yatra, which is effectively a celebration and procession of song, music and dance from Preston Road, Wembley to the GAAL Kenton Hall. The Pothi Yatra signifies the journey of the sacred Shrimad Bhagavat from across the city to its resting place (Vyas Peetham) in GAAL Kenton Hall from where its knowledge will be expounded by the Acharya (teacher) during the Katha for 3 hours everyday for the next seven days. Each day of the Katha will begin with Puja conducted by the Mukhya and Sahi Yajmans (Guests of Honour) of the day with assistance from the priest(s). As part of the Katha, several stories from the Shrimad Bhagavat will also be re-enacted as small plays by children from our community, acting out the various character roles adorned in elaborate costumes and colourful makeup (see itinerary on flyer).


Shraad Bhajans

'Shraaddha' is how we remember our ancestors (pitras). Just as we would like to be remembered by our sons and daughters after we are dead, our ancestors (pitras - men and woman both) also desired this. By doing 'Shraaddha', we are fullfilling their wish. Thanking them for giving birth to a line which contains us. We also renew our promise to them to follow their traditions. Hindus perform Shraadha during the 16 days in the lunar month of 'Shraad', but usually also do it on the death anniversaries that we definitely know of our recent ancestors (generally father and grandfather if they are dead).

People of Indonesia, Thailand, Combodia, Laos, Vietnam, Philippines, and Malaysia also have the tradition of remembering their ancestors, something similar to 'Shraaddha', though their way can be a little different. The ancestors of many of these people at one time were following hinduism. Later they became buddhist or muslims. Japan, China, and Korea also have a strong tradition of ancestor worship. These people burn candles and agarbattis (incense sticks) for their ancestors in their temples, which are like 'Sthana' of 'Baderas' in Punjab villages. Ancestor worship is also done in Christian countries. They call it 'All Saints Day', 'All Souls Day', 'Halloween', etc.

We hope that you wil be able to join us during the Shraad Bhajans hosted at the GAA Kentonhall on 2nd October 2010, so that together we may commemorate the lives of all our collective 'pitras'. We humbly ask you to also pass on this event information to anyone that may deem it to be of interest.