The Coronation of King Charles III brought together diverse communities of the UK and different faith communities celebrated in their own unique ways.
A group of organised a havan (fire sacrifice) ceremony at Lloyd Park in South Croydon, south London, led by Hindu activist and campaigner , head of the Indian Vegetarian and Vegan Society.
Speaking to iGlobal about where the inspiration for a havan came from, Mehta explained the significance of the ceremony in the Hindu .
“The inspiration comes from our ancient where important events were inaugurated with a havan. The holy fire of the havan not only removes all the negative energies and darkness, it also it blesses the occasion with good fortune and guides one on the path of .
“The havan sought blessings for and the Queen for a long, happy life in which they will do the best for the people of the and the Almighty will guide them on the right path,” explains Mehta.
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The havan was performed by Praneshwar Das from and included Sanskrit chants and hymns as well as and Garba performances to further celebrate the historic occasion. A letter from the royal palace to the organisers was also read out.
“Around 100 people came despite the persistent rain. We also invited King Charles’ representative Colonel Ray Wilkinson and his wife Liz. He praised the for their contribution to the country,” said Mehta.
It was one of many such community events organised by British Indians across the UK to celebrate Coronation and offer the new King their best wishes.
The Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in London, popularly known as , marked the occasion with a special tribute event led by Yogvivekdas Swami, Head Swami of the Temple and BAPS UK, and , who wrote a personal letter to the King to extend his warmest congratulations.
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A ‘Coronation Pooja’ – which included prayers, a children's presentation and a home-cooked Indian – was organised later in the day by the Exeter Hindu Cultural Centre.
ONEJain – an initiative of the to represent all UK Jain Organisations in government and interfaith matters – organised an online ‘Samuh Aarti and Mangal Divo’ event to pray for King Charles III’s and long reign.