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Hundreds celebrate Diwali at Bartlett temple, other locations

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  • People visit the BAPS Hindu Temple in Bartlett and reflect over the annakut, or mountain of food, an offering of hundreds of vegetarian delicacies as the first meal of the Hindu New Year.

       People visit the BAPS Hindu Temple in Bartlett and reflect over the annakut, or mountain of food, an offering of hundreds of vegetarian delicacies as the first meal of the Hindu New Year.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Visitors participate in an hourly prayer or arti, in front of the annakut, during the first day of Hindu New Year at BAPS Hindu Temple in Bartlett.

       Visitors participate in an hourly prayer or arti, in front of the annakut, during the first day of Hindu New Year at BAPS Hindu Temple in Bartlett.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Visitors to BAPS Hindu Temple in Bartlett pass through and reflect over the annakut, or mountain of food, an offering of hundreds of vegetarian delicacies as the first meal of the Hindu New Year.

       Visitors to BAPS Hindu Temple in Bartlett pass through and reflect over the annakut, or mountain of food, an offering of hundreds of vegetarian delicacies as the first meal of the Hindu New Year.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Visitors celebrate the annakut, or mountain of food, an offering of hundreds of vegetarian delicacies as the first meal of the Hindu New Year at BAPS Hindu Temple in Bartlett.

       Visitors celebrate the annakut, or mountain of food, an offering of hundreds of vegetarian delicacies as the first meal of the Hindu New Year at BAPS Hindu Temple in Bartlett.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Asha Pandya of Oswego reflects over the annakut, or mountain of food, an offering of hundreds of vegetarian delicacies as the first meal of the Hindu New Year at BAPS Hindu Temple in Bartlett.

       Asha Pandya of Oswego reflects over the annakut, or mountain of food, an offering of hundreds of vegetarian delicacies as the first meal of the Hindu New Year at BAPS Hindu Temple in Bartlett.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • From left, Dipika Patel of Chicago, Rohini Patel of Des Plaines and Sandhya Patel of Hanover Park reflect over the annakut, or mountain of food, an offering of hundreds of vegetarian delicacies. as the first meal of the Hindu New Year at BAPS Hindu Temple in Bartlett.

       From left, Dipika Patel of Chicago, Rohini Patel of Des Plaines and Sandhya Patel of Hanover Park reflect over the annakut, or mountain of food, an offering of hundreds of vegetarian delicacies. as the first meal of the Hindu New Year at BAPS Hindu Temple in Bartlett.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Sadhu Vivekmurtidas greets Greg Skolrood of Rockford, and other visitors to the first day of the Hindu New Year celebration at BAPS Hindu Temple in Bartlett.

       Sadhu Vivekmurtidas greets Greg Skolrood of Rockford, and other visitors to the first day of the Hindu New Year celebration at BAPS Hindu Temple in Bartlett.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

  • Visitors line up to enter the BAPS Hindu Temple in Bartlett where the theme for the first day of Hindu New Year is a "Beautiful Borderless World."

       Visitors line up to enter the BAPS Hindu Temple in Bartlett where the theme for the first day of Hindu New Year is a "Beautiful Borderless World."
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report

The Indian festival of Diwali this week marks the beginning of the new year for several of the world's religions.

It is celebrated annually in the fall by followers of the Hindu, Jain, and Sikh religions.

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Diwali is Hindi for "row of lights." It is associated with worship of the goddess Lakshmi, who brings wealth and prosperity, and Ganesh, the god of good beginnings.

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