Stephen Timms, in his capacity as Labour Party Faith Envoy, joined representatives of the Hindu community from across the country in marking Gita Jayanti at the House of Commons this evening.
Gita Jayanti celebrates the revelation of the Hindu sacred text, Bhagvad Gita, to Arjuna by Sri Krishna over 5000 years ago. It was the first ever Gita Jayanti celebrations to be held in the Houses of Parliament.
The celebration - which was well attended by over 150 guests - was jointly hosted by the National Council of Hindu Temples UK, the Hindu Council UK and Labour MP, Virendra Sharma. The historic event was also attended by His Holiness Maha Mandleshwar Gita Manishi Swami Shri Gyananand Ji Maharaj from Sri Krishna Kripa Dham, Vrindavan, India.
Speaking after the celebration, Stephen said: "Gita Jayanti marks a very special moment in the Hindu faith and it was right to celebrate it in this wonderful setting in the House of Commons. Hinduism promotes values we can all appreciate to be much needed in our society; those of compassion, responsibility, solidarity, truthfulness, tolerance and patience. I hope this will be the first of many Gita Jayanti celebrations to be marked here in the Houses of Parliament."