Dear Members and Friends,
I am pleased to welcome you all to the Sanaton Association's 2015 Durga Puja and Diwali celebrations.
Over the last decade, we at Sanaton have focussed both on connecting with our local community in the UK and on continuing and passing on our cultural traditions to our future generations. We organized a number of activities and festivals, including our most successful Durga Puja to date, with over 1200 guests each day of the celebrations!
Due to the large increase in devotees over the last 5 years, and demand from members of our community, we have moved our main venue to York Hall. Our attendees come not only from London, but from all across the UK. After visiting a number of the other Puja Mandaps in London, many then come to us, both for the sumptuous Prasadam and the enjoyable cultural entertainment we hold each evening. Your commitment to celebrating and joining in our festivals with your brightly coloured, beautiful outfits, devotion in prayers, participation in all the rituals, holy mantras and music, turns York Hall into a holy Temple, creating an amazing, vibrant environment, and providing spiritual nourishment for all.
I feel very privileged and honoured to have been chosen as the Chairman of the Sanaton Association back in 2004. We have come a long way with our recent 30th Anniversary. After 10 years at the helm of the Association, I feel it is time to move on and I will be retiring as Chairman later this year. I love Sanaton, its mission and those involved in achieving its goals, whom I have come to know very well over the years. I want to assure you that I am leaving Sanaton in very good hands. We have an excellent board of Trustees and many passionate, dedicated volunteers who will continue the great work of this organisation as they have always done.
Thank you so much for helping further the mission of the Sanaton Association. My fellow Executive Committee members and I can’t thank you enough for the great support you have provided during my term as Chairman and I sincerely wish you all good health and happiness in your continuing participation in achieving the Association’s worthy causes.