Monday, 29 July 2013


This article appears in today's Leicester Mercury:

Vinod Popat celebrates with Shraddha Seth, 10, and Shiv Aunarkat, 10
Hindus pray for prince's happy future
Hindus have prayed for a happy future for Prince George at a celebration of the royal baby's birth.
Dozens of members of the Hindu community were joined by the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Jennifer, Lady Gretton, who is the Queen's representative in the county.
It is traditional for prayers to be said on the sixth day of a new baby's life.
Vinod Popat, who organised the event in Belgrave, Leicester, on Saturday, said: "According to the Hindu teachings, the Lord of Destiny comes to bless the child on the sixth day.
"We were celebrating the birth of the prince with singing and drummers, and praying for the Lord of Destiny to write a beautiful destiny for the future king."
Lady Gretton said: "The Hindu community here has come together to celebrate and I think it's wonderful how everyone has joined in."
Among those enjoying the entertainment was 14-year-old Krishna Savadia.
She said: "We've been celebrating the birth of the new prince because we've been so excited about it and we've had so much fun."

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