Diwali celebrated at BAPS temple in Milipitas

India Post News Service

MILIPITAS, California: Hindus and community members gathered at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Milpitas, California, to celebrate Diwali.

Diwali is known as the festival of lights and holds special significance to Hindus. It was a five-day celebration at the temple that culminated with the Annakut celebration (a decorative offering of vegetarian sweets and food) on October 27, 2019, according to a press release.

The five days of Diwali include a set of joyous cultural traditions that symbolize new beginnings and a renewed commitment to family and society. Individuals take this time to start anew and commit to spiritual growth and familial harmony. Diwali presents Hindus an opportunity to connect with and celebrate the traditions of their roots with fanfare and a sense of community.

Offering his prayers to Bhagwan Swaminarayan, spiritual leader of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, Mahant Swami Maharaj, prayed for devotees’ spiritual, personal, and professional growth in this New Year. This Diwali, Mahant Swami Maharaj emphasized the importance of leading spiritually centered lives, grounded in strong values and increased attachment to God for individuals and families.

Similar celebrations took place at over 100 temples across North America. The auspicious five days of Diwali were celebrated with elaborate Annakut, lighted diyas and rangoli, fireworks, and even a special children’s Diwali celebration.

The celebrations were open to all members of the local community including Assembly member Ash Kalra, Assembly member Kansen Chu, and the Milpitas City Council members.

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