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October 29, 2013 > Festival of Lights

Festival of Lights

Submitted By Sandip Shah

Experience Diwali!

Also known as the festival of lights, Diwali is just around the corner. The five day Indian celebration is recognition of the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. On the first day of the festival, November 2nd this year, people pray to goddess Laxmi for prosperity and wealth. The third day of festivities gives the celebration its nickname. Oil lamps are placed around peopleÕs homes and on Puja Thalis, trays used to place offerings for the deities. Diwali is the most important holiday in India and for millions of Indians throughout the world. This year, a festival of lights celebration will be held at MilpitasÕs Shreemaya KrishnaDham. Last year more than 5,000 people participated in the local festival.

Diwali festivities at Shreemaya KrishnaDham:

Rangoli Competition
1 p.m. Ð 5 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 2
Traditional decorative folk art of India

Goddess of Education (Saraswati) and Wealth (MahaLakshmi) Pooja
11 a.m. Ð 1 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 3
MahaLakshmi pooja: conducted once a year to reconcile financial and spiritual books
Saraswati pooja: for children of all ages

New Year Celebrations
7:00 a.m. Ð 9:30 a.m.
Monday, Nov. 4
Early morning prayer followed by a meet and greet program with tea and light snacks

Govardhan Pooja (Worship of Cow) and Annakut Darshan
1:00 p.m. Ð 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 10
A unique traditional celebration (dating back 500 years) done only at this temple.

Tulsi Vivah
3 p.m. Ð 6 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 17
Ceremonial marriage of the Tulsi plant (holy basil) to the Hindu god Vishnu or his Avatar, Krishna; signifies the end of the monsoon and beginning of the Hindu wedding season.

Diwali at Shreemaya KrishnaDham
Nov. 2 - 17
25 Corning Ave., Milpitas
(408) 586-0006

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