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Hundreds pack Bhakti Center on Lower East Side for Diwali celebrations

NEW YORK — Diwali is being celebrated Monday night time all over the world.

Here at dwelling, the competition of lights has turn out to be a rising custom on the Lower East Side.

People made their method to the Bhakti Center for what’s a really non secular occasion. The vacation is all in regards to the idea of sunshine overcoming darkness, and there is symbolism of that in each nook of the temple, CBS2’s Kevin Rincon reported.

The stage was set for an evening of celebrations on the middle.

“I like to think of the Bhakti Center as my spiritual home. So for me, this place is home no matter what and it’s home for anyone no matter what their faith or background is and that just represents New York City so perfectly,” Rukmini Poddar stated.

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The Hindu temple tucked away on the Lower East Side was set to host a whole lot seeking to be part of collectively for Diwali.

“People expect a lot of sweets, families coming together, an exchange of good spirit, and, generally, it’s expected to be a journey from darkness to light,” Suman Chaki stated.

The competition of lights has turn out to be a rising staple within the metropolis, and throughout the nation. Dayal Gauranga Das, the chief director of the Bhakti Center, stated there’s good motive for that development.

“I think people are turning towards higher thinking and higher values,” Das stated.

The concept of sunshine overcoming darkness will not be unique to anyone faith, nation, or race, which is a part of the mass enchantment.

“Anybody can come and experience because it’s inherit to the soul of who we are, that lightness,” Das stated.

The purpose right here is to ensure there is a sense of group, and engagement in celebrations steeped in custom, whereas on the identical time being open to anybody.

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