The Indian diaspora in Oldham celebrated Indian Republic Day and the restoration of a historical temple of Lord Rama in India. The celebration started on January 22 and culminated with a grand feast and musical extravaganza on January 27 at the Hindu temple on Schofield Street, Oldham.
The event marked India’s 75th Republic Day. Republic Day commemorates the adoption of the Constitution of India on January 26, 1950.
Incidentally, this year, India restored a historical temple of the Hindu God Lord Rama in the Indian state of Ayodhya, which is believed to be Rama’s birthplace according to ancient scriptures. The temple with a glorious marble stone statue of Lord Rama was completed on January 22, 2024, and is being celebrated by Hindus all over the world and community groups across the UK.
Celebrating the auspicious occasion, the Indian Association of Oldham organised a week-long festivity. On the final day of the celebration, students of Nataraj Dance Academy performed dances and plays on Lord Rama at the event. Members of the Telugu Community Association, Northwest Bengali Cultural Association, and distinguished artists from across the region performed too. Prominent British Indian singer Nitin Gadhvi also performed on the stage. The evening concluded with a spectacular display of fireworks. Hundreds of devotees from across the region visited Oldham to join this fabulous cultural and spiritual festival, creating harmony and unity within the community.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Indian Association, Bharatkumar Jagatsingh Sisodia MBE, said: “The opening of Lord Rama’s temple has brought immense happiness, joy and excitement not only in India but throughout the whole world wherever there are Hindus. Lord Rama stood for righteousness, love, peace, morality and unity. Through this new temple of Lord Rama, every Hindu will play a role that depicts human values and right conduct for the whole world's benefit.
“Lord Rama’s principle is to treat the whole world like your own family and contribute wherever you are for the wellbeing of the society with selfless love. Every member of our organisation played a great role in making this event a huge success. My heartfelt gratitude goes out to everyone.”