I recently joined the Bochasawasi Akshar Purshottam (BAPS) congregation at their beautiful and new Mandir in Melville to help celebrate their Diwali Festival – which is one of Hinduism's most important festivals – the festival of lights.
The opening of the new BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (temple) is an amazing spiritual and cultural center that was truly many years in the making [located on Deshon Drive in Melville]. This Mandir will be such an asset to our community, not only for the faithful who will come to the temple to worship, but for the many Long Islanders the BAPS will help to serve in our community. We are looking forward to all of the goodwill which will emerge from these sacred walls.
I am pictured with Girish Patel and Dr. Deven Dra of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir.