Diwali celebrations at temples
Ambaji USA—Shri Shakti Mandir
Ambaji USA—Shri Shakti Mandir in Lake City, Georgia, celebrated Diwali throughout the four days of Dhanteras, Kali Chaudas, Diwali, and the New Year. Ambaji pujaris were available all day for consultation.
[Left] Diwali celebrations at Ambaji USA--Shri Shakti Mandir.
Ambaji had arti prayer services from early morning to late evening in praise of the divine mother in all her manifestations. The community donated money and service during the celebration. All the devotees were invited to have special lunch and dinner prasad free of charge.
Safety guidelines were strictly enforced. This included wearing masks, constant cleaning of high traffic areas and bathrooms, spraying the halls with disinfectants, and leaving all the entrance doors open for air ventilation in mandir premises.
Diwali celebrations at Sanatan Mandir began on Nov 12, 2020 with Dhanteras. Also known as Dhanvantari Trayodashi, it is a tradition at Sanatan Mandir to invite all the doctors in the community to perform puja for Lord Dhanvantari. The doctors are appreciated for their service to the community, which was especially relevant this year, given the pandemic and the selfless service that healthcare workers have been providing to the community.
[Right] Diwali celebrations at Sanatan Mandir.
Chhoti Diwali or Kali Chaudash was marked by chanting of Hanuman Chalisa 108 times and Sindoor Archana all day. Diwali was similarly marked by Chopada Pujan, and New Year by Govardhan Puja in the morning and Annakut Darshan in the evening.
During these events, 30 to 100 devotees attended in person, while others participated through live streaming on Facebook. Mahaprasad was available for pick-up. The Mandir maintained a safe environment by mandating masks, social distancing, and frequent disinfecting of common areas.
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