Diwali is the most well-known of the Hindu festivals. The word Diwali means 'rows of lighted lamps'. Diwali is known as the 'festival of lights' because houses, shops and public places are decorated with small earthenware oil lamps called diyas. Diwali marks the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, making it an occasion of friendship, harmony, and warmth. The sky during this night would be moonless, therefore the lighting of the lamps eradicate this darkness; yet another symbol of good over evil. The sentiment for a disciple of the Lord when lighting a lamp is to pray 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.
Diwali and Sadguru Din was celebrated in Los Angeles on 3rd November 2013. Hundreds of food items were made, artistically arranged and displayed in the form of Annakut at the lotus feet of Lord Shree Swaminarayan.
Sadguru Din celebrations commenced with “Chopda Poojan” and Kirtan Bhakti followed by Dhyan. Thaal, Annkut Aarti and HDH Acharya Swamishree’s Diwali blessings followed in that sequence. Devotees joyfully greeted each other and exchanged wishes of Happy Diwali and prosperous New Year.
Hundreds of devotees and Hindus from all over West Coast of USA flocked the temple for the blessings of Lord Swaminarayan and Annkut Darshan. Every individual who came for Annkut darshan was blessed with a packet of Annkut prasad.