While City Council, Associations and Societies organise their annual Diwali Festival to suit their convenience and that of their members, Temples celebrate the occasion on the actual day, which fall on November 5 this year.
The Pillayarpatti Karpaga Vinayakar (Ganesha) Temple in Papakura will mark the religious aspect of the Festival with evening prayers.
Auckland Sri Ganesh Temple Trust owns the Temple, which is undergoing an impressive expansion plan.
Chief Priest Parameswaran Chandru will lead the proceedings which begin at 530 pm with Ashta Lakshmi Pooja, symbolising the significance of Diwali to the Goddess of Wealth. This would be followed by Vigneswara Pooja for the Main Deity.
Chandru said among the other aspects of Diwali at the Temple would include Ahsta Lakshmi Avahanam (invoking the Blessings of Goddess Lakshmi), Ashta Lakshmi Homam (Ritual) and ‘Deeparathanai’ (Aarthi).
Devotees can participate in the Festival by sponsoring Prayers and the Ashta Lakshmi Homam at $21 per person or family
Further information can be obtained from him (09) 2988640 or from Trust Chairman Raja Krish on 021-504101.