Diwali and New Year's Day Celebrations in the presence of Acharya Swamishree in Maninagar
The festival of Diwali marks the end of the Hindu year. The holiday period of Diwali lasts for 5 days. It is a time of celebration and also, a time for reflection; to think about how much of the previous year has been spent worshipping the Lord, and how much of His commandments have been obeyed. The new year is the time to pray for forgiveness for all the misdemeanours of the past year and to start afresh. Disciples of the Lord spend this holiday period serving the Lord in numerous ways, and praying for forgiveness of past misdeeds and for spiritual strength and wisdom for the coming year so that he can please the Lord more and more.
This year, Diwali fell on Tuesday 28 October. In the divine presence of Acharya Swamishree, a special assembly was held in the Brahm Mahol of Shree Swaminarayan Temple Maninagar. After performing the Sadguru Din meditation, singing devotional songs and receiving the divine ashirwad of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa, Acharya Swamishree bestowed His divine blessing over all.
On this day, the chopra poojan ceremony was conducted, and Acharya Swamishree mercifully signed the accounts books of the disciples. Chopra poojan is the ceremony that is traditionally performed before the start of the new year, during which the account books for the new year are sanctified, and prayers are offered to the Lord to make the coming year financially successful.
On New Year’s Day, Samvat 2065 Kartik Sud 1, Wednesday 29 October 2008, a magnificent array of food dishes was arranged before the Lord.