Jai Jalaram to all. LCMK wishes everyone a very happy Diwali and a prosperous New Year ahead. May the blessings of Goddess Laxmi be with you always.

Introduction

LCMK is a not-for-profit organisation based in Milton Keynes and run by a group of voluntary committee members. The main aims of LCMK is to unite and integrate the people living in and around Milton Keynes by embedding some key core values enabled by the preachings of Hindu religion. While closely associated with Lohana Community of United Kingdom (LCUK), LCMK also aspires to closely work with all communities and multitude of faiths to develop unity amongst all. The means to attain these ends is to promote, share and enhance the rich cultural heritage provided by Hinduism but ensuring that the message is not patronising nor preaching but the vital virtues of the culture are recognised. In this regards, various events are and will carry on being held, specifically Diwali (the festival of lights) and Bhajans (religious songs). This website is an effort to spread these messages and ensure timely notification of events, sharing media and constructive discussions of various topics. We have also tried to consolidate pointers to some webpages that might be relevant to the reader. These are in the Related Links section.


The core committee is run by Milton Keynes Lohanas and therefore the obvious question is 'Who are Lohanas?'. The answer is not so simple...


Who are Lohanas and where did they come from?

The Lohanas trace their roots in history right up to the advents of Aryas in the Indian sub-continent (which then included today's Afghanistan), making theirs the oldest surviving community in the world. According to Puranic (ancient Indian texts of lore and legends) sources the Aryan civilization was established by king Ishaku (Ikshvaku) some two or three millennia before Christ (BC). His 63rd descendant was the great king Raghu, a great conqueror, who established the Rahguvansh Dynasty. Lohanas' history begins with king Raghu, who belonged to the Suryavanshi lineage, so called because they worshiped the Sun (Surya). Raghu's grandson was king Dashratha of Ayodhya, who had four sons with Rama being the oldest and the other three being Laxmana, Bharat and Shatrughna. Rama is the hero of Ramayana, which is ranked along with Mahabharata as the greatest epics of the world and perhaps the oldest too.


For a detailed history and origins of Lohanas, please refer to The origin of Lohanas.