We live in 21st century and we should be abreast with the times. It is not that we are not accustomed to the rich and varied technology that is at our fingertips. In fact 98% of us use these systems on daily basis enriching our lives.

The Mandir has been thinking, for a long time, to transfer the current mode of the Mandir’s quarterly newsletters’ delivery to a more efficient and cost-saving way.

We would like to propose an e-newsletter system whereby the newsletters are sent to Mandir’s members at a click of a button, the recipients receiving the newsletter soon afterwards as an email.

The system is already in place; unfortunately there has been a total lack of enthusiasm on members’ part to welcome it.

All the system requires is one’s name, surname and a validate email address. This can be easily done by the user via a simple interactive form on the website, or by Mandir’s admin person.

The system will verify if you are a genuine member or not; if you are then you will start receiving the e-newsletters.

However, the easiest way for a genuine member to register for the e-newsletter is, of course, by supplying the email address when either renewing the membership subscription or registering as a new member.

We understand very well that there will be several members, the older generation, who do not have an email account, find difficulty in using this technology or are reluctant to use it; for them we will send out postal newsletters as we currently do.

The benefits of an e-newsletter are few-fold:
1. It will save consider amount of money in stationary and postage (approx. £1000 annually).
2. Will get rid of preparing envelopes – inserting newsletters into envelopes, sticking address labels and stamps on them – and physically posting them.
3. If there is unforeseen bulletin to be sent out, it can be sent within hours, not days.

There is no point in asking donations or giving donations if they are going to be wasted on ‘avoidable wastes’.

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New-look Temple

Although planning and off-site work has been going on for quite some time (thanks to hard work by volunteers led by Mohanbhai), we have seen the results in the form of new domes and other upgrades in the front and right hand corner upstairs in the latter half of 2016. We are planning to do Moorti Sthapan of Swaminarayan, Jalaram Bapa and Saibaba in the right corner and we intend to do this with big celebration with participation of Bristol Hindu community and guests invited from various parts of UK. The Moortis are being donated by groups of devotees in Bristol and London. Our plan is to do the Moorti Sthapan on three different days as follows:

23 April – Jalaram Moorti Sthapan

30 April – Saibaba Moorti Sthapan

8 May – Swaminarayan Moorti Stahapan

The above dates are provisional at present and we might be able to finalise these by the Open meeting day on 22 January.

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New Year 2017

We hope that you enjoyed the festive season and are getting used to being in the new year. We wish that the new year brings you all the joy and your wishes are fulfilled. Let us hope that you make further progress on your spiritual path and the temple makes some contribution towards this. Your participation in the temple events has been willing, enthusiastic and giving due to which we all enjoy the celebrations of our festivals including Ganesh Chaturthi, Navratri, Havans, Janamashtmi, Diwali, Annkot and others. Thanks for supporting all these events and for your generous contributions in many ways including funds, physical service, playing music & singing, donating ingredients relating to Prasad, cooking meals and many more. Your dedication, devotion, spontaneity to help and participate at temple events is amazing. We expect that your enthusiasm to serve the Mandir and contribute to the growth of the service that it provides will continue even with more dedication and commitment. The Bristol Hindu community has gone up substantially but we do not see many of the new Hindu members in the temple. We warmly invite the relatively new comers to Bristol to visit the temple and attend various events. Please visit our website @ http://www.hindutemplebristol.co.uk for details of the forthcoming events in the temple. We also send temple circulars to our members and we invite you to become a member. For this please visit our website to download and fill in the membership form. More details about temple membership are given further in this circular’

We are open to suggestions to the way we operate provided these benefit the community. Please come forward and talk to our Chairman Mr Rasik Patel or any member of the management community if you have any suggestions.

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Work For Temple

This year plans have been underway to carry out a lot of work, including building work,  to improve the temple’s appearance and the available facilities. These include refreshing the main area in front of the deities and also the Jalaram and the Lord Shiva shrines. Mohan Bhai has been designing and working on this for quite some time now,  and we are eagerly anticipating the wonders of his genius in the very near future. We also plan to improve our toilet and the kitchen facilities, particularly upgrading the burners in accordance with the latest regulations. We will therefore need to raise even more funding to boost the temple finances to pay for all this work,  and will look to you for your generosity and kindness for this. If you would  like to contribute to the cost of all this new work, please contact the Chairman – Rasikbhai.  We have requested many times before that it helps the temple significantly if it has an assured regular income by standing orders. We thank those of you who are doing this already,  and hope that more of you will join in this  act. The  mandir’s  bank details are as follows:

Name of the account: The Hindu Temple

Transaction description:  Donations

Sort Code: 56-00-40

Account No: 66533848

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