Diwali is a festival of lights celebrated on the last day of the Hindu calendar. On this day, devotees prepared Annakut and offered it to Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa.
The preparations for Diwali started much earlier before the grand day which fell on 4th November 2021. Disciples conducted seva wherever possible, from planning, light and other beautiful decorations, preparation of the Annakut delicacies and organizing.
On the 4th of November, devotees gathered in the Mandir and assembled a superlative and beautiful Annakut surrounding Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree Maharaj. Several sweet delicacies and savories prepared by devotees were symmetrically aligned on the Annakut stand along with several fruits and vegetables. Beautiful rangolis were also displayed along with the Annakut.
Devotees gathered at 5.30pm for Kirtan bhakti and Katha. Thereafter, everyone present meditated for half an hour to please Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree Maharaj. At 7.00pm, Annakut Arti and Sandhya Arti were performed followed by Chopda Poojan. Business owners place their books of account before Lord Swaminaryanbapa Swamibapa and Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree Maharaj seeking blessings for their businesses.
The Hindu New Year, Samvat 2078 fell on Friday, 5th of November 2021. Devotees gathered to receive divine blessings from Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa. Devotees prayed for the New Year to commence with prosperity and blessings. Thousands of Hindus visited to witness the exquisite Annakut and receive blessings from Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree Maharaj.
Devotees in Mombasa, Uganda and Tanzania also celebrated Diwali and Hindu New Year by offering Annakut to Lord Shree Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree Maharaj.
Devotees exchanged greetings and wishes for the New Year. Annakut Prasad was served to all in the evening.