The Diwali and Hindu New Year Celebrations were held in all the Mandirs around the world during the weekend of Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th November 2020.
The Diwali and Hindu New Year Celebrations were held in all the Mandirs around the world during the weekend of Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th November 2020. However, taking into consideration the current world situation, the Annakut, assemblies and other usual celebrations were not as grand as they are during any other year. In most places, the assemblies were held online, and the Mandirs were open for darshan only.
From Maninagardham, Acharya Shree Jitendriyapriyadasji Swamiji Maharaj’s Ashirwad, were broadcast by everyone on Sunday 15 November 2020. He explained that today was a most auspicious occasion as it marked five special events – the last day of the year, Diwali, Sadguru Din, Chopda Poojan, and Annakut. He explained that just as on this, the last day of the year, we close and review our accounts and ledgers for the year, in religious terms, we must complete our spiritual accounts – meaning that we should pray to the Lord, ‘Oh Lord! Please show us mercy and forgive any knowing or unknowing mistakes that we will have made throughout the previous year; forgive us for any of the Lord’s wishes we may have contravened; forgive us for any doubts in our faith that may have arisen; and forgive any disrespect that may have been inadvertently shown towards God, His Muktas or His sants or disciples.’ In this way, Acharya Swamiji Maharaj explained the true significance of the Diwali and Hindu New Year period – a time to close the previous year with humble prayers of forgiveness and start the new one afresh.