Two of the most important dates in the Hindu calendar were celebrated by the BAPS Swaminarayan Hindu community on Saturday.
Diwali, known as the Festival of Light, celebrates the victory of good over evil, and is a time for rejoicing, goodwill, charity, community bonding and family values.
The Annakut – literally “a mountain of food” – is a ceremonial offering to the deities to thank them for the last year and to seek blessings for the next 12 months. Mayor of Milton Keynes Derek Eastman was this year’s guest of honour.
BAPS also presented a cheque to the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Service.