A local Hindu community in Leicester held a special event last night to pay tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II.
Shree Lohana Mahajan and Shree Ram Mandir on Hildyard Road hosted the gathering, with devotees and guests invited to offer prayers and tributes to the late Queen.
A number of Shradhanjali Bhajans, tribute songs for those who have passed away, were performed.
As well as members of the local community, the event was also attended by Ramanbhai Barber, Deputy Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Deputy City Mayor Cllr. Piara Singh Clair, and various other of dignitaries.
“We talked with our devotees who were very sad, and decided to cancel a couple of programmes in respect for our beloved Queen, and started to organise today’s event,” said Hemendra Modi, President of Shree Ram Mandir. “We invited all communities and all faiths to our temple, and we are very pleased to have welcomed each and every attendee, and to have heard people speak about our beloved Queen.”
The temple will be offering further tributes to the Queen on the day of her funeral.
“We are preparing a tribute with chanting throughout the day,” Modi said. “But when the procession is in progress, we will keep silence, and we will close the temple for a few hours.”