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  • Diwali Mahotsav 2016 2

    || Ganapati Bappa Morya ||

    Best Wishes from Deepak Patel & Family

    Jashubhai, Surekha, Deepak, Jayshree, Shree & OM

    Yardley, PA

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    We wish you a very happy Diwali and a Prosperous New Year. You and your friends and family members are cordially invited to Grand celebrations of Diwali Mahotsava at Bharatiya Temple and Cultural Center. Diwali / Deepavali is the festival of lights and is to celebrate the victory of Goodness over Evil and Knowledge over Ignorance. This is also the season to forge new friendships and strengthen old ones by seeking forgiveness and forgiving others. Bharatiya Temple provides this unique opportunity to meet and greet your friends and

    family members in this festive season just like in India.

    This year the Diwali Mahotsava will be celebrated from October 28th to November 12th at Bharatiya Temple. We start with Dhanteras on Friday, October 28th with Ganapati and Maha Lakshmi Kuber puja. We will recite Hanuman Chalisa eleven times on Saturday evening for Kali Chaudas. We celebrate Diwali with Sri Yantra Lakshmi puja, Chopda pujan and Maha Lakshmi Sahasranamam Kumkum Archana followed by fireworks in front of the temple building. Temple opens at 7:00AM for Jain Mangalik and New Year and will remain open whole day on Monday. Bhai Dooj, Gyan Panchami and Skanda Shasthti is celebrated during the week and then finally the Annakoot puja, Bhajans and famous Annakoot Prasad on Sunday, November 6th. Please visit new temple website, b-temple.org for additional details of all programs during Diwali Mahotsava.

    Grand celebrations of Kumbhabhishek Mahotsava in the month of June this year was a memorable event for the Hindu and Jain community in the tri-valley area, another important mile stone for Bharatiya Temple. The temple building with beautiful window carvings, Shikhars and Rajgopuram with north and sound Indian architecture shining with multi-color LED lighting in the night time has already become an iconic building in the region. I am also pleased to inform you that all priests will shift to their new residence at Narayan Guest House at 1630 County line Road, just a block from the temple building by Diwali time this year.

    Bharatiya Temple continues to identify and look forward to addressing the future needs of the community. Much needed additional class rooms for the expansion of Bharatiya Vidyalaya and a temple cafeteria where devotees coming from far distances can have a place to enjoy authentic Indian food have been identified as future projects. We would like to hear your opinion for the support of these projects. I must admit that any new project will require financial support from the community. However, we are hoping that enough financial support will come from the community to enable us to start these projects in 2017.

    We thank all sponsors for their financial support and volunteers for their selfless seva to God, a must for the success of Bharatiya temple. We look forward to your active participation and financial support in future.

    Nand Todi Temple President

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    A Diwali (Deepavali) Gift

    to our Valued Members

    Diwali is being celebrated at the Temple from

    October 28 to November 12. As a token of our

    appreciation for your support, the Board of Directors

    of Bharatiya Temple is pleased to offer to all current

    members one free Archana during this period for

    you and your family. Simply go to the Gift Shop, give

    them your name, and you will be provided with

    materials required for Archana, free of charge.

    Thank you for your continued support to the

    Temple. We wish all of our devotees a Happy,

    Healthy and Prosperous Diwali.

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    Pt. Vishnu Parshad Vassyal is with our temple since 2006. He obtained his Acharya degree from

    Sampoornananda Sanskrit University in Varanasi, India in 2002 and received a Shastri degree

    from the Sampoornananda Sanskrit University, Varanasi, India in 2000. He completed a Pujari

    Training course from Shree Bharti Rishikul Sanskrit Vidyalay, Bakoli, Delhi. He has extensive

    experience in performing religious services, rituals, sacraments, arranging and organizing special

    ceremonies on various Hindu festivals and religious holidays. Pt. Vassyal has a thorough

    knowledge of the Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana, Vedas, Upanishads and other sacred texts and ancient Hindu scriptures. He has

    working knowledge of Hindu Vedic Astrology, Palmistry, Yoga-Asana, Meditation, Vipasana and traditional Hindu

    meditation forms. Languages: Sanskrit, Hindi, English, Nepali.

    Sri Seshasai Rompicharla pursued training and study in the theory, practice, and methods of Hindu

    religious rituals and worship in Vaikhanasa Aagama. He studied under his guru and grandfather Sri

    Lakshmi Narasimhacharyulu, who is the disciple of Sri Parthanaradhi Bhattacharyulu and worked as

    a head priest at Hindu Temple of San Antonio, Tx. Seshasai can perform the Daivika Karyakramas

    (related to gods) like Archana, Abhishekam, Kalyanotsavam etc. and Manushika Karyakramas

    (related to Humans) like Namakaranam, Annaprasana, Wedding etc. according to Sri Vaikhanasa

    Aagama. He has an overall experience of 19 years. He has ability to conduct daily rituals and special events in Hindu Temples

    and Hindu family residences. Very well experienced in performing special Alankarams to Deities. Languages: Sanskrit,

    Telugu, Hindi, Marathi, English

    Shri Jayesh Pandya was born in the city of Dhandhuka, district of Ahmedabad in Gujarat. He

    completed his primary education and obtained the traditional priest education at Bhagavat

    Vidyapath, Sola, Ahmedabad.

    Shree Jayeshbhai Pandya has received Shukla Yajurved, Sanskrit and Karmakand education.

    Shree Pandyaji as Vedpathi pundit has performed many Pran Pratistha, Yagnas and coordinated

    big events like Bhagavat Saptah. Jayeshbhai has very good knowledge of Astrology (Jyotish

    Vidya), Vedik, Pauranic Karmakand and Shraadh Karma. He likes to entertain the devotees with his Bhajans and Kirtans

    during which he plays the dholak and tabla. He is conversant in Sanskrit, Hindi, Gujarati. Shri Jayesh Pandyaji has been with

    Bharatiya Temple since February 2011. Languages: Sanskrit, Gujarati, Hindi, English.

    Pt. Vishnu Parshad Vassyal

    Sri Seshasai Rompicahria

    Shree Jayeshbhai Pandya

    Sri Vaithianathan Sastrigal is a native of Tamil Nadu. In 2005, Sastriji helped establish the

    foundation of Philadelphia Ganesh Festival by adopting elaborate Rajopchara and festival rituals

    like procession etc. After a gap of 7 years, he is back at Bharatiya Temple. He has over 30+ years

    of experience from working at various temples in India and abroad including New York,

    Maryland and Florida. Sastriji is well respected amongst the priest community and has performed

    many temple pujas and private pujas including Prana-prathistha, weddings, funerals etc. He is

    very familiar in performing rituals per the Rig vedas and Yajur vedas including Jatkarmam, Namakaranam, Annaprachanam,

    Choulam (hair offering) Upanayanam (thread ceremony), Seemantham (baby shower), Wedding rituals & last rites including

    all 13 days samskaras. Languages: Sanskrit, English, Tamil, Telugu, Kannadam (Kannada), Malayalam, Hindi.

    Sri Vaithianathan Sastrigal

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    For any corrections or omissions please send email to [email protected]

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    For any corrections or omissions please send email to [email protected]

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    For any corrections or omissions please send email to [email protected]

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    For any corrections or omissions please send email to [email protected]

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    For any corrections or omissions please send email to [email protected]

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    For any corrections or omissions please send email to [email protected]

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    Grand Sponsor Participate in all Pujas for all days

    Receive Silk Saree & Large Silver Coin $2,501

    Patron Sponsor Participate in all Pujas for all days

    Receive Silk Saree & Small Silver Coin $1,001

    Prasad Sponsor Participate in all Pujas for all days

    Receive Large Silver Coin $501

    Decoration/ Flower Sponsor

    Participate in all Pujas for 3 days

    Receive Small Silver Coin $251

    All Pujas Sponsor Participate in all Pujas for 3 days

    Receive Small Silver Coin $251

    One Day Puja Sponsor Participate in all Pujas for 1 day $101

    Kumkum Archana / Lakshmi Puja Sponsor

    Lakshmi Sahasranamam Kumkum Archana

    or any Lakshmi Puja $51

    Chopda (Book) Pujan $31

    For any corrections or omissions please send email to [email protected]

    mailto:[email protected]

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    Dhanteras Friday

    October 28, 2016

    6:00 PM Ganapati Puja, Sankalpam, Kalash & Yantra Sthapana, and

    Lakshmi Kuber Puja

    7:30 PM Sarva Devata Aarti followed by Prasad

    Kali Chaudas Saturday

    October 29, 2016

    5:00 PM Hanuman Abhishekam & Chalisa (11 times)

    7:00 PM Sarva Devata Aarti

    Diwali Sunday

    October 30, 2016

    5:00 PM Sri Yantra Puja & Maha Lakshmi Sahasranamam Kumkum

    Archana by Sponsors

    6:30 PM Chopda (Book) Pujan

    7:00 PM Sarva Devata Aarti

    7:30 PM Fireworks

    Nutan Varsha (Temple Open All Day)

    Monday

    October 31, 2016

    7:00 AM Jain Mangalik

    6:00 PM Govardhan Puja & Bhajans

    7:00 PM Sarva Devata Aarti followed by Prasad

    7:15 PM Shiva Abhishekam

    Bhai Dooj Tuesday

    November 1, 2016

    6:00 PM Yamuna Kalash Puja (Loti Puja)

    7:00 PM Sarva Devata Aarti

    7:15 PM Hanuman Chalisa

    Gyan Panchami Friday

    November 4, 2016

    6:00 PM Ayyappa Mandala Puja

    7:30 PM Sarva Devata Aarti

    Skanda Shashti Saturday

    November 5, 2016

    10:00 AM Jain Gyan Pancham Puja

    6:00 PM Sura Samharam, Kavadi Procession followed by Abhishekam

    and Kartikeya Puja

    7:30 PM Sarva Devata Aarti followed by Prasad

    Annakoot Sunday

    November 6, 2016

    9:30 AM Lakshmi Narayan Abhishekam, Vishnu Sahasranamavali

    10:30 AM Annakoot Puja and Bhajans

    12:30 PM Sarva Devata Aarti followed by Prasad

    Tulsi Vivah Saturday

    November 12, 2016

    5:00 PM Tulsi Vivah

    7:00 PM Sarva Devata Aarti followed by Prasad

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    A colorful fireworks show combined with children lighting harmless sparklers has been organized for this years event. For your fun and enjoyment, all devotees are welcome. We request your cooperation as we make this event enjoyable and safe for all.

    To have a safe and fun filled event, precautions need to be taken to avoid any unforeseen tragedies. Here are some guidelines that will be enforced:

    All young children handling fireworks are under close adult supervision. There will be a designated location for watching the fireworks show with an

    alternate side area for devotees and their families to light sparklers. Those devotees that will be lighting sparklers are requested to stay in the

    designated stations and dispose of the sparklers immediately after use in assigned containers.

    Keep fireworks at a proper distance as they are being lit. All fireworks will be provided by the Temple. Devotees will NOT be allowed to

    bring any personal fireworks to the Temple. Devotees participating in fireworks wearing traditional clothing should take extra

    caution for safety for themselves and those in the vicinity during lighting of fireworks.

    Thank you for your cooperation.

    Happy Diwali!

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    Bharatiya Temple

    1612 Countyline Rd

    Chalfont, PA 18914

    Montgomery Elementary School

    1221 Stump Rd

    North Wales, PA 19454

    Penn Manufacturing Inc. (PMI)

    506 Stump Rd.

    Montgomeryville, PA 19936

    Once the Temple parking has reached

    maximum capacity, additional free parking will

    be available at Montgomery Elementary School

    and PMI with complimentary shuttle service

    back and forth

    NO PARKING WILL BE PERMITTED ON

    KINGSTON WAY!!!

    Please respect Parking Volunteers and let them

    help you to make it a safe and enjoyable event.

    Kingston

    Way

    Bharatiya Temple

    PMI

    Montgomery Elementary

    School To PMI

    To PMI

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    Diwali or Deepavali, popularly

    known as the "festival of lights", is an

    important festival in Hinduism, Jainism,

    and Sikhism, celebrated for different

    reasons. For Hindus, Diwali is one of the

    most important festivals of the year and is

    celebrated in families by performing

    traditional activities together in their

    homes. The name "Diwali" is a contraction

    of "Deepavali", which translates into "row

    of lamps". Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps (diyas or dpas) filled

    with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. During Diwali, all the

    celebrants wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family members

    and friends.

    Significance of Diwali

    Hindus have several significant events associated with Diwali:

    The return of Rama after 14 years of Vanvas (banishment). To welcome his

    return, the residents of Ayodhya lit diyas (ghee lamps).

    The killing of Narakasura: Celebrated as Naraka Chaturdashi, one day before

    Deepavali, it commemorates the killing of the evil demon Narakasura, who

    wreaked havoc. Krishna's wife Satyabhama killed Narakasura during the

    Dwapara yuga.

    Govardhan Puja is celebrated the day after Deepavali and is the day Krishna

    defeated Indra, the deity of thunder and rain. According to the story, Krishna

    saw preparations for an annual offering to Lord Indra and asked his father

    Nanda about it. He debated with the villagers about what their 'dharma' truly

    was. They were farmers, they should do their duty and concentrate on farming

    and protection of their cattle. He said that all human beings should do their

    'karma' to the best of their ability and not pray for natural phenomenon. The

    villagers were convinced by Krishna, and did not proceed with the special

    puja (prayer). Indra was then angered, and flooded the village. Krishna lifted

    Mount Govardhan and held it up to protect the people and cattle from the

    rain. Indra finally accepted defeat and recognized Krishna as supreme.

    Return of Pandavas after 12 years of Vanvas and one year of agyatavas (living

    incognito).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinduismhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jainismhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikhismhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diya_(light)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_sweetshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinduhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanvashttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narakasurahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naraka_Chaturdashihttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krishnahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satyabhamahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwapara_yugahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Govardhan

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    Dhanteras is the first day of the five-day Diwali Festival. The Dhan in

    Dhanteras means wealth. On Dhanteras, the

    "Owl" form of Goddess Laxmi is worshiped

    to provide prosperity and well being. To

    mark the auspicious day, houses and

    business premises are renovated and

    decorated. Entrances are made colorful with

    traditional motifs of Rangoli designs to

    welcome the Goddess of Wealth and

    Prosperity. To indicate her long-awaited

    arrival, small footprints are drawn with rice

    flour and vermilion powder all over the

    houses. Lamps are kept burning all through the night. "Lakshmi Puja" is

    performed in the evenings when tiny diyas of clay are lit to drive away the

    shadows of evil spirits. Bhajans, devotional songs in praise of Goddess Laxmi,

    are sung and "Naivedya" of traditional sweets is offered to the Goddess.

    An interesting story about Dhanteras Festival says that, once, the sixteen

    year old son of King Hima was doomed to die of a snake-bite on the fourth day of

    his marriage as per his horoscope. So, on the fourth day of his marriage, his

    young wife did not allow him to sleep. She laid out gold ornaments and lots of

    silver coins in a big heap at the entrance of her husband's boudoir and lighted

    innumerable lamps all over the place. And she went on telling stories and

    singing songs. When Yama, the god of Death arrived there in the guise of a

    Serpent his eyes got blinded by the dazzle of those brilliant lights and he could

    not enter the Prince's chamber. So he climbed on top of the heap of ornaments

    and coins and sat there the whole night listening to the melodious songs. In the

    morning he quietly went away. Thus the young wife saved her husband from the

    clutches of death. Since then this day of Dhanteras came to be known as the day

    of "Yamadeepdaan" and lamps are kept burning throughout the night in

    reverential adoration to Yama, the god of Death.

    According to another popular legend, when the Gods and demons churned

    the ocean for Amrita or nectar, Dhanvantari (the physician of the Gods and an

    incarnation of Vishnu) emerged carrying a jar of the elixir on the day of

    Dhanteras.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diwalihttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Festivalhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wealthhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goddesshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lakshmihttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motif_(visual_arts)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rangolihttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Footprinthttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flourhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vermilionhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhajanhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confectioneryhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snakebitehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marriagehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horoscopehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleephttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ornamentshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_coinshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boudoirhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singinghttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deathhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guisehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serpent_(symbolism)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glare_(vision)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coinhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adorationhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legendhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demonshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amritahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhanvantarihttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physicianhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incarnationhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vishnuhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elixir

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    Annakoot is celebrated in observance of the episode in Sri Krishnas

    childhood, in which He gave protection to the cowherd clan of Vrindavan from

    the wrath of Indra and humbled Indra in that process. The cowherds, their wives,

    children and cattle jubilantly surrounded Sri Krishna. They were awed by His

    superhuman accomplishment and celebrated Sri Krishnas feat with a sumptuous

    feast. Thus began the tradition of Annakoot.

    Srimad Bhagwatam says :- "After

    lifting of the huge Sri Govardhan

    Parvat for continuous seven days

    prior to Diwali, the Lord put it back

    on earth & asked the citizens to

    worship the mountain. Sri Krishna

    then appeared in two forms. One as

    Sri Govardhan mountain itself, i.e.,

    deity to be worshiped and as second

    as resident to offer food to Him.

    After the prayers, traditional worship

    & Aarti, innumerable varieties of

    delicious sweets / 56 bhogs were

    Kali means Dark (evil) and Chaudas,

    fourteenth. Thus, celebrated on the 14th day of the

    dark half of shwin month, Kali Chaudas is the

    day allotted to the worship of Maha-Kali or Shakti

    and is believed that on this day Kali killed the

    wickedest. Also referred to as Narak-Chaturdashi,

    Kali Chaudas is day to abolish laziness and evil

    which create hell in our life and shine light on life.

    The strength to protect others is referred as Kali,

    and if its used for God's work, it is called

    Mahakali.

    The pooja is performed with oil and flowers.

    Devotees offer coconuts to Hanumanji.

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    Diwali has a very

    special significance in

    Jainism. Lord Mahavira,

    the last of the Jain

    Tirthankaras, attained

    Nirvana or Moksha on

    this day at Pavapuri on

    October 15, 527 BC, on

    Chaturdashi of Kartika,

    as Tilyapannatti of

    Yativrashaba from the

    sixth century states:

    Mahavira is responsible for establishing the Dharma followed by Jains even

    today. According to tradition, the chief disciple of Mahavira, Ganadhara Gautam

    Swami also attained complete knowledge (Kevalgyana) on this day, thus making

    Diwali one of the most important Jain festivals.

    ceremoniously raised in the form

    of a mountain before the deity as

    "Bhog" and after Lord had it full,

    now it was citizens turn to

    approach the Mountain of Food

    and take Prasad from it. It was a

    Great Feast for residents of

    Govardhan & they all enjoyed it

    thoroughly. Thus on this day, the

    devotees offer their gratitude to

    Lord Krishna for his blessings in

    making their lives complete. In

    temples, on this day, the deities are given milk baths, dressed in shining attires

    with ornaments of dazzling diamonds, pearls, rubies and other precious stones.

    After the prayers and traditional worship innumerable varieties of delicious

    sweets are ceremoniously raised in the form of a mountain before the deities as an

    offering.

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    The following BTI/BCC committees have programs all

    year around. To participate in their activities or to help

    volunteer during their events please contact the

    appropriate chairpersons.

    Bharatiya Temple Executive Committees

    Religious Programs Committee: (Nand Todi - [email protected])

    Mission Statement: The mission of Religious Programs committee is to identify, plan and

    execute religious activities of the Temple; preserve traditional values of Hindu and Jain religions; and

    promote mutual respect and understanding for different religious traditions and beliefs of diversified

    Indian community.

    General Administration Committee: (Vipul Rathod - [email protected])

    Mission Statement: The mission of the General Administration Committee is to carry out the

    day to day administrative functions.

    Capital Expense Committee: (Ashok Soni - [email protected])

    Mission Statement: To identify, plan, and execute capital projects

    Maintenance Committee: (Praful Patel [email protected])

    Mission Statement: The mission of maintenance committee is to create and maintain a clean

    environment of the premises.

    Fundraising Committee: (Nimish Sanghrajka - [email protected])

    Mission Statement: To raise funds for the benefit of the organization to cover its capital and

    operational expenditures.

    Public Relations & Communications Committee: (Manish Ingle - [email protected])

    Mission Statement: The committee is the BTI/BCCs principle liaison to the community, area

    organizations, corporations and the news media to communicate the organizations programs and

    policies and to promote the organizations mission.

    Priest Committee: (Mohinder Sardana - [email protected])

    Mission Statement: To provide responsive, fair, personal and professional service and

    counsel to the priests on human resource questions and issues so the priests can be productive and

    grow, and be recognized and respected for his individual worth and dignity.

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    Bharatiya Cultural Center Executive Committees

    Health & Human Services Committee: (Dr. Sarma Akkaraju - [email protected])

    Mission Statement: To disseminate information and resources related to health and human

    services to the community.

    Educational Committee: (Rita Sheth - [email protected])

    Mission Statement: To facilitate opportunities and engage in activities geared towards

    familiarity and deeper knowledge of Indian heritage through education.

    Cultural Committee: (Sapna Radhakrishnan - [email protected])

    Mission Statement: To promote, organize and carryout culturally relevant activities/services at

    Bharatiya Cultural Center and within the community, relating to music, dance, arts, cuisine, language,

    social habits and social awareness that propagate the Indian culture while embracing the new traditions

    of our adopted homeland.

    Womens Group: (Manisha Jain - [email protected])

    Mission Statement: To identify and implement projects of interest to women; provide

    assistance, support, guidance and resources in several areas including career and professional

    development; provide emotional support, social and cultural activities.

    Youth Group Committee: (Vijay Pola - [email protected])

    Mission Statement: In partnership with committed adult advisors, the mission of the Youth

    Group is to help develop and showcase youth with qualities like leadership, strong values, social

    conscience, resourcefulness, and self-reliance and to prepare young people so they can make informed

    choices and become positive contributing citizens.

    Senior Citizen Group: (Priti Shah - [email protected])

    Mission Statement: Enrich the lives of our seniors by providing them necessary support,

    motivating them through various activities and offer them something with fun always in mind.

    Bharatiya Vidyalaya: (Praveen Sharma - [email protected])

    Mission Statement: Develop awareness of Indian cultural heritage, traditions and values.

    Develop basic reading, writing and communication skills in various Indian languages. Bharatiya

    Vidyalaya vision is to teach, foster and preserve Indian cultural and spiritual values for the benefit of

    children.

    Special Needs Group: (Sandya Kaushik - [email protected])

    Mission Statement: Help create peace of mind for parents and families of people with disabilities. Provide feelings of acceptance for all. Make an empathetic connection with families dealing with similar situations to share each others strengths and resources.

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    By Anusri Shenoy (Kindergarten)

    By Rachana Gali (Kindergarten)

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    By Abhivav Medi (2nd Grade)

    By Simran Kamal-Bahl (2nd Grade)

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    By Aditi Shenoy (3rd Grade)

    By Nandini Gali (2nd Grade)

    Diwali means a festival of lights. In India Hindus

    mostly celebrate Diwali. On Diwali people light

    diyas and family and friends celebrate together.

    Light over darkness means, on Diwali people light

    candle to remove darkness. It is similar to removing

    bad with good. People celebrate Diwali because

    after 10 whole days of fighting Rama killed Ravana

    and got free from evil. People lighted diyas to show

    Rama his way back home to ayodhya, as it was a

    dark no moon day. Diwali is an Indian festival.

    Indians celebrate what Rama did for our country,

    by freeing the country from Ravana.

    On Diwali people do pooja and sing bhajans in

    temple and their own houses. On Diwali people

    wear new clothes and even have dinners, do

    fireworks and paint diyas with friends. On Diwali

    people exchange gifts because grownups know

    kids love gifts.

    Nandini Gali, 2nd

    Grade

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    By Manvanth Venugopal (3rd Grade)

    By Poojitha Medi (3rd Grade)

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