A two-day Akhanda Ramayan paath (recitation) was organised recently by Ramayan Satsang Pariwar UK at Avanti Court Primary School.
The event started with a procession, with the chanting of devotees accompanied by the beating of drums. Puja was performed at first, followed by the continuous uninterrupted recital of the Ramayana for 24 hours.
Aarti and Yagya were performed on the second day. This is the thirteenth year of the recitation that is organised around Dussehra. Prasad and traditional Indian food were served, prepared by a dedicated volunteer team.
About 600 people have participated in the event in total and £1700 was raised for Avanti Trust, a leading Hindu faith school in the UK.
The Ramayana is the Hindu holy book with over 20,000 verses, recounting the story of Lord Rama which demonstrates the victory of good over evil. Reciting Ramayana is believed to bring good luck and fortune to people.