Diwali, one of the most auspicious day in the Hindu calendar will be celebrated with great devotion and splendor. On this day, business-owners close existing account books and open new ones in preparation for the year ahead. Devotees also take stock of their spiritual relationships with Bhagwan, and consider any progress or regress they have made in the year past. The ceremony, known as Chopda Pujan, will take place in the evening. Hundreds of new account books - in a variety of paper and electronic forms - are sanctified through the showering of flower petals and rice grains amid the chanting of Vedic hymns and prayers.
The day following Diwali is the beginning of the Hindu New Year. The Hindu New Year is traditionally celebrated with the Annakut - literally meaning a mountain of food. Every year over 1,000 unique thals (vegetarian delicacies) are offered in devotional gratitude for the past year and to seek blessings for the New Yea ahead. The Annakut offering includes hundreds of items of food, snacks, sweets, pickles, spicy dishes, salads, fruit dishes, and other items devotionally prepared by devotees.
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Newport News, VA cordially invites you, your family and friends to joining us in celebrating this auspicious occasion on:
Saturday, October 29, 2016:
•Grand Annakut - Aarti at 12pm and every hour following;
•Aarti in the presence of Santo - 6pm
•Sneh Milan - 12pm-6pm
Sunday, October 30, 2016:
•Chopda Pujan - 6pm-8pm
For further detailed information, visit http://www.baps.org/diwali2016