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Tuesday October 17th 2017 - Saturday October 21st 2017

 Significance of Diwali

असतो मा सद्गमय
तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय
मृत्योर्मा अमृतं गमय
शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः

Lead me from falsehood to truth,

Lead me from darkness to light,

Lead me from death to the immortality

Peace, Peace, Peace

The word Diwali is derived from the Sanskrit word Deepavali which means ‘cluster of lamps’. Diwali is a festival where people of all age group, rich & poor, men & women, participate. They give expression to their happiness by lighting earthen “diyas” (lamps), decorating the houses with multi colored “Rangoli” designs bursting firecrackers, and inviting friends & relatives to their household for a sumptuous feast. All the illumination, fireworks, joy, & festivity is to signify the victory of good over evil forces. Diwali is celebrated on Amavasya (New Moon day) on the 15th day of the dark fortnight of Hindu month of Kartik (October). It is said that on this day Lord Rama triumphantly returned to Ayodhya after vanquishing Ravana and people of Ayodhya greeted him with joy & illumination of the entire capital. This is also the day Maha Lakshmi, the goddess Wealth & Prosperity is welcomed home & into the heart through illumination & worship to bless us with health, wealth, strength, knowledge, valor, victory and fame.
In Hindu philosophy, darkness represents ignorance (avidya) and light is a metaphor for knowledge. Therefore, lighting a lamp symbolizes destruction of the dark or evil tendencies of the mind through the light of spiritual knowledge. This is the real victory of good over evil and message of Diwali.

 

Program Details

Tuesday, Oct 17th - Dhanteras
6:00 PM Sankalpam, Ganapati Puja, Kalash and Yantra Sthapana, and Lakshmi Kuber Puja
7:00 PM Hanuman Puja ,Chalisa
7:30 PM Hanuman & Sarva Devata Aarti followed by Prasad

Wednesday, Oct 18th – Narak Chaturdashi
6:30 PM Sri yantra ,Lakshmi Puja Archana
7:30 PM Lakshmi & Sarva Devata Aarti followed by Prasad

Thursday, Oct 19th - Diwali (Amavasya)
6:00 PM Sri Yantra Puja and Maha Lakshmi Sahasranamam (1008), Kumkuma Archana, and Chopda Puja by Sponsors
7:30 PM Lakshmi & Sarva Devata Aarti followed by Prasad

Friday, Oct 20th - Govardhan Puja & Annakut
6:00 PM Govardhan Puja
6:30 PM Maha Lakshmi Abhishekam, Alankara Darshanam, and Archana
7:30 PM Lakshmi & Sarva Devata Aarti followed by Prasad

Saturday, Oct 21st - Diwali Celebration, Fund Raising, Fireworks & Bhai Dooji
6:00 PM Sri Yantra / MahaLakshmi Pooja (Kumkuma Archana by Devotees)
7:00 PM Small Sangeeth, or Nirthya (Dance & Singing sewa by children)
7:15 PM Temple Update
7:30 PM Lakshmi & Sarva Devata Aarti
7:45 PM Fireworks & Prasad

Note: Kids can participate in fireworks only with parent supervision.

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