Please mark your calendar for upcoming Deepawali prayers & festivities. शुभ दीपावली
NOVEMBER 12, SUNDAY
9;30- 10:30 am: Diwali special Ganesh Abhishek
5:00 – 5:45 pm: Lakshmi Poojan and Chopda Vasan Pooja
5:45-6:15 pm: Diwali Special puja for Young Generation
Puja for Young Generation
Pooja is conducted in English to specially address/explain young adults & couples and young families.
6:30 PM, 7:30 PM, 8:30 PM Aarati
(Archana 5 mins before each
Sarvadarshan 6:30, 7:30, 8:30 PM (Multiple Aarti timings on Diwali)
NOVEMBER 13, MONDAY
Govardhan Pooja followed by
Grand Bhog Offering, Aarti & Grand Dinner Prasad for Community
• NOV 12 / SUN Diwali
• Nov 13 / MON Annakoot
शुभ दीपावली SHUBH DIWALI
We want to take this opportunity to wish your family a very auspicious Diwali Festival time. On upcoming Sunday, November 12 - the day of Diwali, the morning begins with a Special Ganesha Abhishek, and the evening will have special Lakshmi Poojan and Chopda Vasan Pooja starting at 5PM followed at 5:45-6:15 pm: Diwali Special Puja for Young Generation Pooja specially catered to young adults, couples, and their families - explained in English. We welcome and appreciate all your support and donations, especially during this season! This Diwali, may the divine grant us all infinite grace and greater knowledge to manifest purity & abundance in our lives and our Society. Thank You, HSNEF EB 2023
The Annakut Mohatsav is a joyous occasion that celebrates the teachings and miracles of Lord Krishna, emphasizing the importance of humility, gratitude, and devotion. It also serves as a reminder of the significance of agriculture and nature in sustaining life. The festival fosters a sense of unity and community among those who participate in the celebrations.
The auspicious day commemorates a significant event from Krishna's life when he lifted the Govardhan Hill to protect the people of Vrindavan from the wrath of Lord Indra, the god of rain and thunderstorms.
Here's a description of the festival and the story of Krishna offering food during the Annakut Mohatsav:
Preparation: The celebration of Annakut Mohatsav begins with the preparation of an elaborate feast. Devotees prepare a wide variety of vegetarian dishes, including sweets, savories, and other delectable items. These dishes symbolize the abundance and diversity of offerings to God.
Puja: On the day of the festival, a small hill made of cow dung or clay is created, symbolizing the Govardhan Hill. A deity or image of Lord Krishna is placed on top of this hill. Devotees gather around this representation, offering prayers and devotions.
Offering of Food: In the story of Krishna, when Lord Indra became angry with the people of Vrindavan for not worshipping him, Krishna advised the villagers to worship Govardhan Hill instead. In a grand display of his divine power, Krishna lifted the entire Govardhan Hill on his little finger. He then urged the villagers to offer food to the hill, which he held up with his finger, as a way of showing their gratitude for the bountiful harvest and to protect them from Indra's wrath.
Devotion and Gratitude: This act of Krishna symbolizes the importance of nature and the earth's abundance. The festival emphasizes gratitude to the divine for the blessings of food and the protection of the community. Devotees express their devotion and thankfulness by offering a vast array of food items to the deity on the symbolic Govardhan Hill.
Distribution of Prasad: After the offerings are made, the food becomes prasad, blessed by the divine. It is distributed among the devotees, symbolizing the sharing of blessings within the community. The prasad is considered sacred, and partaking in it is believed to bring spiritual and material prosperity.