In the presence of Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the Diwali festival was celebrated with great enthusiasm at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London on Saturday 21 October 2006. Swamishri arrived at the Mandir for his morning darshan of the murtis lit with lamps, and then proceeded to the Haveli for pooja.
Following the pooja darshan, Swamishri expressed his wish to offer his blessings on this auspicious occasion. Swamishri talked of removing the darkness of ignorance in our lives and becoming permanently enlightened with the gnan of Atma & Parmatma through the association of the Gunatit Satpurush.
Throughout the morning and afternoon streams of devotees and visitors arrived beholding the majestic murtis adorned with rich clothes and ornaments. Following the Sandhya Arti at 6:30 p.m., the sadhus commenced the Chopda Poojan ceremony, where business owners close their accounts and open new accounts on this auspicious day. Hundreds of new account books were sanctified by Pramukh Swami Maharaj with the showering of flower petals and rice grains, amidst the chanting of vedic hymns and prayers to Bhagwan Swaminarayan.
short evening sabha was held following the Chopda Poojan ceremony in which
Viveksagar Swami explained the significance of the festival. In his blessings,
Swamishri spoke of the importance of devotion to God who has provided
us with the wealth. Swamishri also emphasised that inner peace cannot
be attained through mere materialistic possessions but only through Satsang.