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Baisakhi 2017 is on April 14, Friday

The auspicious festival of Baisakhi is celebrated on first day of Vaisakh month (April-May) according to the Nanakshahi calendar. Hence, the festival of Baisakhi is also popularly known as Vaisakhi.  Baisakhi falls on April 13 every year and on April 14 once in 36 years. This variation in date is due to the fact that date of Baisakhi is reckoned according to the Indian solar calendar and not the lunar calendar.

The date of Baisakhi festival has tremendous significance in Sikhism. They celebrate the festival as a collective birthday of the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh and the foundation of the Khalsa (the Sikh brotherhood) in 1699. Sikhs all over the world celebrate the day with lot of enthusiasm and joy.
On this joyous occasion, May Waheguru accept your hard word & reward you a life full of success.

Happy Baisakhi!

Mahavir Jayanti 2017

9th of April2017

The most important of all Jain festivals, Mahavir Jayanti celebrates the birth anniversary of Vardhaman Mahavir, the founder of Jainism and the 24th tirthankar (religious guru) of the faith. Mahavir was born sometime in the 7th century BC, and his birth anniversary is celebrated with much fervour at Jain temples across the country. Shrines and temples are decorated with flags for the occasion, and on the day of the festival, the idol of the tirthankar is given a ritual bath before being taken out, ensconced in a cradle, in a grand procession.

The custom of donating money, food and clothing to the poor is also an important aspect of celebrating Mahavir Jayanti. In addition, Jain organisations (in some cases, even individuals) arrange for free food and drink for all passersby. Important Jain shrines such as Sri Mahavirji in Rajasthan; Girnar and Palitana in Gujarat; Parasnath Temple (Kolkata) and Pawapuri in Bihar host major celebrations to mark Mahavir Jayanti.


 On the day of Jamsheedi NoRuz, Tuesday 21st March 2017, the trustees and members of Council of Dharmic faiths UK convey the warmest wishes to all OUR Zoroastrian friends   celebrating NoRuz in Britain, Iran and around the world.

At this time of the year families and friends will be gathering to celebrate the New Year and mark the start of spring

To everyone celebrating NoRuz in UK, we wish them all a happy, prosperous, healthy and peaceful New Year

About Us

With the aim of encouraging friendship, goodwill, respect, equality, understanding  between Dharmic Faiths, having a common cultural background, developed in India, namely Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Sikhism ( in association with Zoroastrianism) , on the basis of a shared cultural tradition, the participating faith  leaders and organisations have agreed to cooperate in advancing the public knowledge of these Faiths  and their communities in Britain including the understanding of their teachings, traditions and practices.

To facilitate this aim the Council of Dharmic Faith shall be established for deliberating on the common interests of their communities, organisations, leaders and workers in the UK, creating a united voice for representing these to the authorities, for encouraging educational dialogue, for promotion of good relations with other faiths and communities, and for promoting Dharmic values within their communities and wider public.

Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme

The Government is aware that many places of worship have been subject to hate crimes; including graffiti, broken windows and in some cases, serious damage as a result of arson. 

Challenging hate crime is a key priority for the Government and that is why in July 2016 we launched “Action against Hate”, a comprehensive cross Government plan to tackle hate crime.

The new hate crime action plan focuses on five key areas:

·         preventing hate crime by challenging beliefs and attitudes;

·         responding to hate crime within our communities;

·         increasing the reporting of hate crime;

·         improving support for victims of hate crime; and

·         building our understanding of hate crime.

The plan includes a range of new actions, including a scheme for protective security measures at places of worship buildings (e.g. churches, gurdwaras, mosques, temples etc).


About the scheme 

The aim of the scheme is to provide protective security measures such as CCTV cameras, locks or intruder alarms to places of worship that have been subject to or are vulnerable to, a hate crime attack. In order to be eligible for the scheme you must provide evidence that:

  • Within the last two years your place of worship has been subject to a hate crime attack or;
  • Evidence of hate crime against a place of worship, not necessary of the same faith and within a 2 mile radius.

You will  need to demonstrate that any crimes committed at your place of worship or one from your local community, not necessary of the same faith and within a 2 mile radius was motivated by hostility or prejudice based on religion or belief.

The value of the scheme is £2.4m over three years with £800,000 being made available for each year of the scheme.

There is no cap on the amount of money that can be bid for. However, costs must be proportionate to the security measures needed and successful applicants will be required to meet 20% of the total cost of the security equipment if successful.

59 places of worship were approved for funding under last years scheme.

Funding for the second round of bids will open on 3 April 2017 for eight weeks.

How to apply for funding

You are encouraged to apply for funding if you can show that your place of worship has been subject to a religious or racist hate crime within the last two years or is at risk of a hate crime.    

Step 1 – Provide evidence

The evidence that you will need to provide can include police reports, records of incidents or photographic evidence.


Evidence that another place of worship within a two mile radius has been subject to a hate crime attack in the last two years

Step 2 – Arrange a site survey

Arrange a site survey for your place of worship and discuss your security requirements with the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) or your local Crime Prevention Design Adviser (CPDAs) and get them to complete the assessment form, which will be used to obtain 3 quotes.

Step 3 – Find an approved security installer

Provide three quotations from approved security installers, ensuring the company are from a recognised certified body (e.g. SSAIB, NSI, MLA).  This provides assurance that they are a reputable and trusted contractor that has been independently verified as meeting industry standards.  

Step 4 – Online application

Complete the online application form and attach all the supporting documents. This will include the assessment form, three quotations and evidence of hate crime.

Full details of the bidding process is available on GOV.UK website from April


Your local Crime Prevention Design Adviser (CPDA) may have information on incidents of hate crime at places of worship in your area http:

If you have any questions or need support in completing the application please email





 Video of the speech: CoDF Representation during the recent Ramanuja Jayanthi celebrations, UK. 28th April 2012

Our Vision and our Activities

At the core of our activities is the concept of Dharma which shapes the way in which relate to the world, ourselves and others.

Enhancing the knowledge about the practices and principles of the Dharmic faith traditions is a key element of our activities and

this is done through dialogue in its many forms whether individual or collective.

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