The word Diwali comes from a Sanskrit word Deepavali, meaning “rows of lighted lamps.”
Many lights and lamps are lit on the streets and in houses. Decorative designs are made with colored powder and the finished design is called a ‘Rangoli’. People burst fireworks as part of the occasion.
Devotees in Nairobi, Mombasa, Uganda and Tanzania celebrated Diwali and offered Annakut to Lord Shree Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa. On Saturday, 14th November 2020 we celebrated Diwali. The Diwali annakut was offered to Lord Shree Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa. Due to the ongoing pandemic, devotees left their books in the temple for the priest to perform the poojan alone. Later on the temple was open for darshan with all the regulations put in place (social distancing, masks, no gathering etc). The devotees were served prasad.
Then on New year, Sunday 15 th November 2020 the temple was open for annakut darshan with all the regulations put in place. The devotees were served prasad. Then again in the evening the temple was opened for darshan so that the annakut prasad could be served to the devotees.