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Diwali, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Neasden Temple London

November 3, 2013 by  

Diwali, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Neasden Temple London, Diwali, India’s festival of lights, will take place on 3 November with celebrations organised across the UK.

The five-day festival starts on the 13th lunar day of Krishna paksha (dark fortnight) of the Hindu calendar month, Ashwin.

It is one of the most important festivals in the Hindu calendar and is celebrated by families performing traditional activities together.

The name Diwali translates into row of lamps. It involves lighting small clay lamps to signify the triumph of good over evil.

During Diwali, these lights are kept on during the night and Hindus wear new clothes and clean their homes to make the goddess Lakshmi feel welcome. Families also wear new clothes.

There are a number of legends associated with Diwali. In northern India, the festival celebrates the return of Rama after being exiled for 14 years. In Gujarat, the festival honours Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.

In other parts of India, the festival is associated with Lord Krishna’s victory over demon king Narakassura.

Diwali,  Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Neasden Temple London

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