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An historic day for Oshwal Association of the UK.  

Thursday 22nd January, we were honoured with a visit from HRH The Prince of Wales.  A visit arranged in conjunction with the Institute of Jainology (IOJ).

HRH The Prince of Wales toured our Derasar and met with many of our members.  He then gave a speech in which he highlighted the core values of Jainism and how they relate to the world today.

He unveiled a plaque to commemorate his visit and received the Ahimsa Award on behalf of all Jain organisations from the IOJ. HRH The Prince of Wales, is clearly a compassionate man with values that resonate with the Jain faith. A transcript of the speech by HRH, and more photo's for the event shall be made available on the site shortly.

HRH Prince Charles visit to Oshwal Centre, Potters Bar

HRH Prince Charles visit to Oshwal Centre, Potters Bar

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OAUK President's reply speech



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President's Message January 2015


Jai Jinendra 


Thursday 22nd January 2015 was a momentous day that will be marked in the history of Oshwal Association of the UK. 


A day when we welcomed HRH The Prince of Wales to Oshwal Centre.






In conjunction with the Institute of Jainology, under the banner of ‘One Jain’ we welcomed HRH The Prince of Wales on a cold crisp winter’s morning.


HRH was given a guided tour of our beautiful Derasar and took particular interest in it architecture, method of construction and the correlation between Indian Stonemasons and Indian Sompura’s with British architects and British engineers.  He was fascinated with the intricacy of the carvings and their symbolic meanings.  HRH has a very clear understanding of Jainism and its values which he expanded upon when addressing the gathered audience.


Before entering the Derasar, HRH removed his shoes and was anointed on his forehead with a kesar tika. 


He was then garlanded and led into the Derasar.

Upon entering, he observed a moment of reflection before hearing a recital of Navkar Mantra.  He walked around the Derasar and asked questions on the relevance of carvings and signs. He commented on the beauty of the Derasar and the calmness within it.


HRH was interested and marvelled at the ingenuity of stonemason who have for thousands of years built structures of wood and stone without using steel.  These structures have stood for hundreds of years and how the Derasar symbolises that same ingenuity.


On leaving the Derasar he viewed the exterior of the building and walked towards the three symbols, Right Faith, Right Knowledge & Right Conduct. These were explained to him before we made our way towards the assembly halls.






On entering the newly refurbished assembly halls, the Office Bearers and their spouses greeted HRH. 



Civic Dignitaries on the day included The Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire – The Countess of Verulam:  She is the Queen’s representative in the County of Hertfordshire and accompanies any Royal visitor.


HRH went on to meet the Office Bearers from the IOJ before being offered a cup of tea.  He then entered the LV Hall where he first greeted the remaining Civic dignitaries:

  • Cllr Peter Ruffles – Vice Chairman of Hertfordshire County Council
  • Mr Fergus McMullen – The High Sheriff of Hertfordshire
  • Cllr Les Page and Mrs Bette Philpot – Mayor & Mayoress of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
  • Chief Superintendent Jane Swinburne – Hertfordshire Constabulary Headquarters
  • Ms Susan Wright – Assistant Clerk to the Lieutenancy


He also met religious leaders:

  • Dr Harriet Crabtree – Chair Interfaith Network
  • Mr Michael Deboo – Zoarastrian Community
  • Mr Chonpel Tsering – Representative to The Dalai Lama in the UK


To rapturous applause, HRH walked through LV Hall meeting and greeting the assembled members and guests, shaking hands, asking questions and sharing a joke or two. 


Having met over half the audience, he was led to the stage and formally welcomed.  HRH was then awarded an Ahimsa Award in recognition of his work towards the environment, compassion for life and humanity.