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Diwali and Hindu New Year Celebrated at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Lilburn | Arts & Culture

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Diwali and Hindu New Year Celebrated at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Lilburn

Atlanta, GA--  People of all age groups eagerly look forward to Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. Diwali is the most widely celebrated Hindu festival, marking the victory of good over evil and the beginning of the Hindu New Year. It is a time when Hindus throughout the world go to Mandir and pray for both forgiveness and success in the coming year.  People illuminate their homes with colorful lights, wear new and traditional clothes, share sweets, and send well wishes to family and friends.

The scene was no different at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Lilburn. Buzzing with joy and excitement, visitors were greeted with rangoli, a beautiful floor design made with colored rice and powder, as they entered the brightly glowing Mandir. Thereafter, visitors participated in chopda pujan, a special prayer ritual during which account books are purified and prayers are held for a prosperous New Year. 

Also attending the celebrations were Mayor Preston of Lilburn, Diana Preston, and State Representative-Elect, BJ Pak.