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Action packed Diwali at Sunnyvale Temple

November 13
01:12 2010

L to R: Naranji Patel, Bob Gill, David Cortese (2nd right), Raj Bhanot (extreme right)

SUNNYVALE: Thousands gathered at the annual three-day Diwali Mela during Friday October 29 to Sunday October 31, featuring cultural performances, booths and Bollywood artists, Arnab Chakraborty and Mickey Narula, at the Hindu Temple and Community in Sunnyvale.

Diwali is the festival of lights and is celebrated after Navaratri to welcome goddess of wealth, Lakshmi. Each year the Sunnyvale Temple celebrates with enthusiasm and this year was no different.

The events kicked off with a dhamakedar performance by Bay Area musical band Andaaz and K for Kishore winner, Bollywood playback singer, Arnab Chakraborty. Arnab sang non-stop for two hours with all time famous Kishoreda songs such as Nakhre Wali, Ye Sham Mastani, Roop Tera Mastana, his own hits such as Vaada Raha from the movie Khakee and Katra Katra, both picturized on Bollywood actor, Akshay Kumar, and also popular songs such as Humma Humma. Arnab kept the audience on their toes and as usual, the audience really enjoyed a Bollywood style show and danced to Arnab’s singing.

During the morning hours on Saturday, Oct.30, a ceremonial Rath Yatra was part of the celebrations at the Sunnyvale Hindu Temple. Usually, the statute of goddess Lakshmi resides in the temple, but during the Rath Yatra, the goddess is taken out of the temple so everyone can see and receive blessings. The Rath Yatra was followed by non-stop cultural programs at the auditorium by children of varied ages. Mickey Narula and Sadhna Deshpande entertained the audience in the evening.

Shopping is one of the best parts of the Diwali celebrations at the Sunnyvale Temple. Folks from all over the Bay Area spent time walking around the 40 booths displaying colorful traditional Indian salwar suits, kurtis, tunics, and designer wear along with handicrafts, business booths, and of course, the food booths serving hot samosas, garam garam chole bhature, and lots of other North and South Indian delights.

The festivities concluded October 31, but not before the annual talent contest, traditional antakshari game, and Sayantanee show from Calcutta. The evenings during this festival have the biggest crowd and Mickey Narula along with Sadhna Deshpande made sure the crowd was entertained with their feet-stomping hit songs.

Kavita Arora
India Post News Service
Kavita Arora is Anchor & Co-Producer of Sitaarre TV

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