Reading Nagar held Guru Puja celebrations at their local mandir on Friday 6th July. They also invited the Headteacher(s) from their local school.
Here is the extract from their monthly news report, where Executive Headteacher Miss Mary Davies of Maiden Erlegh School gives a report:
Mr Genest and I had the pleasure of attending the Guru Puja Celebrations at Reading festival on Friday 6 July. This is a celebration to thank teachers and we felt very privileged to be invited.
The Sanskrit root of the very word Gu-ru implies one who removes darkness. Hindus are encouraged to try to make the best of what their teacher has to offer with humility and trust. Guru helps them to start a true quest for knowledge which stays with them for the rest of their lives.
During the festival, we saw the Diya lighting ceremony, some amazing dancing including Bharatnatyam, a dance of devotion and a very impressive dance from our very own Maiden Erlegh Student, Gargi Bhide.
We received very thoughtful gifts, had a guided tour of the Hindu Temple and were offered some delicious food to finish the evening.
Thank you to the Reading Hindu temple for their hospitality and to Mr Ramesh Mepa and Mr Vikas Srivastava for the invitation.