Divine annkut darshan of Lord Swaminarayanbapa SwamibapaDivine annkut darshan of Lord Shree SwaminarayanDivine annkut darshan of Jeevanpran Shree Abji BapashreeDivine annkut darshan of Gurudev Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan SwamibapaA parrot carved from fruit is featured in the annkut displayDisciples added a fall theme to the annkut displayA towering pyramid of sweets is offered to Lord Shree SwaminarayanSweets of assorted colors, shapes, and sizes are offered to Lord Swaminarayanbapa SwamibapaSweets of assorted colors, shapes, and sizes are offered to Lord Swaminarayanbapa SwamibapaAn assortment of vegetable curries is offered to Lord Swaminarayanbapa SwamibapaFreshly-baked breads and pastries are offered to Lord Swaminarayanbapa SwamibapaDivine annkut darshan of Lord Shree Swaminarayan seated at the base of the displayDivine annkut darshan of Lord Shree SwaminarayanDivine annkut darshan of Jeevanpran Shree Abji BapashreeDivine annkut darshan of Gurudev Jeevanpran Shree Muktajeevan SwamibapaA rangoli (sand art) display of Shree Nilkanth VarniDivine annkut darshan of Lord Swaminarayanbapa SwamibapaDivine annkut darshan of Lord Swaminarayanbapa SwamibapaA pink swan featured at the main entrance of Shree Swaminarayan Temple Secaucus, New JerseySecaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli and Town Council members perform a candle-lighting ceremony to commence the Diwali celebrationsSecaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli and Town Council members perform aarti to Lord Swaminarayanbapa SwamibapaSecaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli and Town Council members at the start of the Diwali Open HouseSecaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli and Town Council members view the presentation given to all visitorsMayor Gonnelli stops at the Swamibapa Cricket Club booth to try hitting the ballMayor Gonnelli witnesses the Indian tradition of henna-artTemple members present the Secaucus Fire Department with a donation in recognition of their servicesVolunteers, visitors, and Mayor Gonnelli take a group pictureAnother group of visitors views the dharma (religion) presentationAt another station, volunteers present the temple activities to Open House guestsTwo of the youngest Open House guestsGuests view the presentation on temple activitiesA volunteer escorts guests to the various boothsA guest learns more about vegetarianism at the vegetarianism boothA guest receives a henna tattooA guest receives a henna tattooA guest tries on Indian ornamentsA guest speaks with members of Swamibapa Cricket Club and learns more about cricketA guest speaks with members of Swamibapa Cricket Club and learns more about cricketA guest tries cricket at the boothThe cultural arts and crafts station featuring rangoli (sand art)Guests approach several stations to try and experience the various activitiesGuests more learn about Indian jewelry and Indian attireA guest tries on a raas outfitA couple tries on different Indian attireA guest enjoys himself while trying on a traditional Indian paagA couple enjoys themselves while trying on Indian headwearA guest poses with a volunteer after trying on a complete saariGuests pose with one another after trying on Indian attireGuests, dressed in Indian attire, pose under Lord Swaminarayanbapa SwamibapaA young guest rests on a traditional Indian swingAn entire family takes a family portrait in Indian attire on the swingA guest tries the harmonium and various other instrumentsGuests enjoy the musical display, and volunteers demonstrate each of the instrumentsGuests enjoy the musical display featuring Swamibapa Pipe BandSwamibapa Pipe Band captivates the guests as they play a range of Indian and American tunesA guests joins the band and tries the snare drumGuests dance to the music in front of the annkut displayGuests try traditional Indian food at the conclusion of the tourGuests try traditional Indian food at the conclusion of the tourGuests try traditional Indian food at the conclusion of the tourState Senator and North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco also tries batting in cricketVolunteers explain the significance of Diwali to Mayor SaccoDisciples present Mayor Sacco with a photo of Swamibapa Pipe BandMayor Sacco is delighted with Swamibapa Pipe BandMayor Sacco listens to the pipers of Swamibapa Pipe BandMayor Sacco with temple volunteersMayor Sacco performs a candle-lighting ceremony in observance of DiwaliMayor Sacco wishes the entire congregation a Happy New YearHundreds of disciples attended the Diwali and New Years celebrationsTemple members present Mayor Sacco and County Freeholder Candidate Anthony Vainieri with momentosA disciple presents U.S. Senator Cory Booker�s representative with a momentoA disciple greets U.S. Senator Cory Booker�s representativeA disciple presents U.S. Congressman Bill Pascrell�s representative with a momentoCommunity leaders and guests listen to the various speeches during the celebrationsHundreds of disciples attended the Diwali and New Years celebrationsDisciples sit in the congregation to listen to various speeches during the celebrationsDisciples sing and clap along to various religious hymnsDisciples attentively listen to Mayor Sacco�s well wishesMayor Sacco addresses the congregation and wishes everyone a Happy New YearCounty Freeholder Candidate Anthony Vainieri wishes everyone a Happy New YearMayor Sacco wishes the congregation a Happy New YearU.S. Congressional Representatives are escorted out of the temple prayer hall by a discipleA disciple interviews Mayor SaccoA disciple returning from India reads Acharya Swamishree�s divine blessings to the temple congregation A disciple wishes everyone a Happy New YearEnvironmental activist Mr. Girish Mehta gives a special presentation about the beauty and importance of trees in our lives and ecosystemDisciples view Mr. Mehta�s presentation Disciples perform utsav to celebrate the New YearDisciples perform utsav to celebrate the New YearDisciples perform utsav to celebrate the New YearDisciples sing along during the utsavDisciples perform utsav to celebrate the New YearThe Diwali lamp continues to burn throughout the celebrationsA disciple plays dhol throughout the utsavDisciples perform utsav to celebrate the New YearDisciples conclude the utsav by calling the �jay�A disciple addresses the congregationA disciple addresses the congregationDisciples perform aarti to Lord Swaminarayanbapa SwamibapaDisciples perform aarti to Lord Swaminarayanbapa SwamibapaDisciples perform aarti to Lord Swaminarayanbapa SwamibapaDisciples take pictures of the annkut display as their first memories of the New YearA disciple is interviewed by TV Asia about the temple�s festivitiesDisciples are interviewed by TV Asia about the temple�s festivitiesDisciples enjoy annkut prasadDisciples enjoy annkut prasadDisciples enjoy annkut prasad
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