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More than 4,500 devotees celebrated Diwali at the BAPS temple in Melville, N. Y., Oct. 21 and 22.
Special guests that attended the celebrations were Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone,
Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone, Huntington Councilwomen Susan Berland and Tracey
Edwards, Assemblymen Chad Lupinacci and Andrew Raia, and Robert Fonti from the Suffolk County
Legislature's office. Additionally, representatives from N. Y. State Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office
attended the festival and issued a proclamation for the Diwali festival.
Above left, Parsippany Mayor James R. Barberio, left, and Council President Louis Valori, right, at a Diwali celebration at the BAPS temple in Parsippany, N.J., Oct. 21.
More than 1,500 people visited the temple for the celebrations, organizers said. Diwali, which celebrates the triumph of good over evil, also marks the New Year for many Hindus.
Left, the BAPS temple in Lilburn, Ga., is lit for Diwali, as the sky explodes with a spectacular display of fireworks.
Left, Annakut display at the BAPS temple in Robbinsville, N.J., Oct. 20. Above, devotees offer prayers at the temple.
The temple, also known as Swaminarayan Akshardham, is considered the world's largest Hindu temple. It is built from
hand-carved Italian carrara marble, Turkish limestone and Indian pink stone.
Children participate at the Chopda Pujan at the BAPS temple in Chino Hills, Calif.
Chopda Pujan is a traditional ceremony wherein personal or business accounting books
are sanctified and prayers are offered for continued prosperity into the new year. Similarly,
kids also perform the 'ritual as they sanctify their school books and offer prayers for
continued success into the new year.