The last day of Diwali 2012 was held on a Saturday at the temple in Jacksonville. Diwali is a 5 day celebration and the most important one - it is New Years - it means Festival of Lights.
A recently completed meeting hall was used for the mountain of food and other exhibitions. In addition the life of the great Swaminarayan
was re-enacted by a number of children and adults in several other buildings beginning when he was 4 months old and was given the choice of being a rich man, a warrior or a scholar. He chose scholar of course.
Swaminarayan began a 7 year, 7000 mile journey on foot around India when he was 7 years old. He wore the clothes on his back, was barefoot and had only two possessions during this time. There is a lot more information here
if you'd like it.
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Thank you to the presenters for speaking in English to me on the first time around the journey! It was very kind of you to do so.