On the 24th February NHSF London South Bank hosted Hanumanji on his latest leg of an amazing journey around London Zone. We were supported by NHSF Greenwich and members of the National Committee. In total there were about 40 people at this wonderful Bhakti event.

This event was the first of its kind for our Chapter, which required everyone within the small society to help with the planning in order to make this a very successful event. From the prashadi to playing the instruments on the evening of the event everyone contributed somehow. One of our members went an extra mile by making Pau Bhaji which was enough to cater for 50 people as well as my Mum who kindly made Ladva for 50 people. This was truly an amazing team contribution from all members of the society.

The actual day of the event saw us pull all our strengths together and convert a classroom into a mandir for the evening. The Hanuman Chalisa’s were led by Dipak Pindoria from NHSF Kingston and members from both Greenwich and LSBU. The devotional atmosphere was incredible with so many voices joining in and reciting the 11 Hanuman Chalisas with more and more passion and energy with each one. The last Chalisa that was sung was a very special one which was led by Dipak lasting a few minutes longer than the others with the whole room joining in. We rounded up the evening with a Hanuman Aarti, followed by the serving of all the Prashadi.

Hanumanji is a great role model for all of us to look up to. He symbolises to all of us how to be the ultimate Sevak in our lives. Hanumanji was always there for Ram Bhagwan during his struggles in the fight with Ravaan. Hanumanji is an exceptional symbol of devotion for all of us students.

– Kishan Patel
NHSF London South Bank President