Diwali, the Hindu New Year, is a time of year when people come together and share the joy in their lives. They put aside their differences and work towards fostering a sense of community all around them.
On Saturday November 10th, 2007, disciples of Shree Swaminarayan Temple, New Jersey celebrated the Diwali festival. During the festival, a grand ankot was offered to Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa, which consisted of hundreds of different Indian and international delicacies disciples had prepared. Disciples also performed kirtan-bhakti and offered aarti to the Lord. Afterwards, raas was held in Swamibapa Community Hall, and prasad was given to all.
The other Mandals across the United States as well as the Canada Mandal also held Diwali celebrations to please the Lord during this auspicious time of year.