Diwali Festival


Diwali is celebrated in most of the Krishna temples.

Diwali In Krisna Temples

Diwali - the Hindu New Year - is a five-day festival. Diwali in Krishna Temples is often celebrated as a day of feeding and venerating cows.

Diwali Festival in ISCON
In ISCON devotees of Krishna celebrate the actual day of Diwali, on which Lord Ramachandra returned from exile, and on which Lord Krishna performed his pastime of breaking the pots of yogurt and letting himself be bound by Mother Yashoda. According to them believe that Diwali can be observed by illuminating hundreds of candles in different parts of the temple, and offering sanctified food to the Deity. The inhabitants of Ayodhya observed this ceremony while Lord Ramachandra was in exile, away from His kingdom.

Diwali celebration in Nathdwar
In Nathdwar, the Diwali celebration is done by a day-long feast for cattle called Annakoot. The reason for this special place given to the cow lies deep in the religious consciousness of Indians.The sacredness of the cow goes back to the myth of the churning of the cosmic ocean by the gods. Of the 14 `jewels', which the ocean gave to the gods, Kamadhenu, the celestial cow, was one. She was venerated as the mother of the universe. The celestial cow is also called Surabhi or Nandini, the giver of joy and plenty. A cow is the constant companion of Krishna.