Last Friday, Boris Johnson, MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip visited the Shree Adhya Shakti Mataji Temple, in his constituency.
The Member of Parliament was welcomed by the Temple’s Founder and Trustee Jaswant Maicha along with other worshippers before being invited to take part in traditional Hindu prayers. During the visit, Mr Johnson learnt about the significance of and preparations for Navratri – one of the largest festivals in the Hindu calendar which starts on 29th September.
During his visit, the local MP was presented with a garland, shawl and Sri Yantra (a traditional Hindu symbol consisting of nine interlocking triangles).
Speaking after the visit, Mr Johnson said, “Navratri represents communities and families coming together celebrating a universal message that we can all relate to - the victory of good over evil.”
“I wish everyone celebrating the colourful, joyous and energetic festival a very Happy Navratri! I hope you all enjoy the next 9 days of festivities!”
Mr Johnson met a number of worshippers to understand the significance of Navratri, including Pritee Varsani and Mira Salat, Directors of Red Lotus Events - organisers of one of the largest Navratri festivals in the UK. Speaking after the visit Pritee said, “it was an honour to explain the significance of Navratri to Mr Johnson. It was also encouraging for young British Asian entrepreneurs like us to be seen as investors of cultural Britain, allowing us to expand and share our heritage with the masses.”
Yatin Dawada, President of the Lohana Community North London said of the visit: “it was a pleasure to meet the MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip. We were all impressed that he took the time out of his remarkably busy diary to meet and engage with various communities like the Lohana Community.”
Veljibhai Vekaria, President of the Shree Kutch Leva Patel Community added: “I was very impressed to see Boris learning and taking part in the preparations for Navaratri, as well as taking the time to meet community leaders.”