The festival of Diwali and Shree Sadguru Din Commemorations was celebrated on Sunday 30th October 2016.
Diwali, also known as Deepawali is the festival of lights and is celebrated by the Hindus across the globe. Diwali marks the end of the Hindu calendar and also the last poonam of the year.
The festivities begin by cleaning the temples and homes, a wide variety of delicacies are made and the temples and homes are decorated with lights. The festive ambience commenced a week before Diwali at Maninagar Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan, Shree Swaminarayan Siddhant Sajivan Mandal Bolton. Devotees gathered in the temple to clean every corner off of dirt and make a variety of sweets and snacks to offer Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and for every devotee who comes to seek for His divine blessings on these auspicious days. The temple was adorned in colorful lightings that would capture one’s heart.
Chopda Poojan was conducted. The significance of Chopda Poojan is to perform poojan on the accounting books of next financial year. Devotees conduct this poojan in order to seek blessings for their business and to achieve the goals set. The day was concluded with mahaprasad. The annakut was exhibited A exquisitively, it left everyone amazed. The Diwali festivities started off with meditation, followed by Jeevanpran Swamibapa’s divine blessings, Sandhya aarti and niyams were recited.
New Year, Samvat 2073 with the Annakutotsav was celebrated on Monday 31st October 2016.
The Hindu New year, annakut was exhibited A exquisitively, it left everyone amazed. The Diwali festivities started off with Aarti , followed by Jeevanpran Swamibapa’s divine blessings followed by Acharya Swamishree’s New years divine blessings and finale disciples greet and hug each other forgiving each other for all past mistakes and looking forwards together to the new year