On Tuesday 8th March 2005, the auspicious festival of 'Maha-Shivratri' was celebrated in a grand way at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden. Over 60 'falahar' items were offered as part of an annakut to the sacred images of Shiv and Parvati.
A grand abhishek
of the Shivaling was performed with Vedic chanting by the sadhus. Thousands
of devotees had darshan of the ice Shivaling and were given the opportunity
to perform the abhishek with milk and bilipatras of the Shivaling guided
by priests. The High Commisioner from Mauritius also joined the celebrations.
In the evening, a sabha extolling the importance of the occasion was