Diwali, the Hindu “Festival of Lights”, is right around the corner and the Shreemaya Krishnadham community center and temple (25 Corning Avenue) in Milpitas is preparing to celebrate.
The festivities will stretch from November 3 to 17, with New Year Celebrations on Nov. 14 that include an early morning prayer, tea and snacks.
This Sunday, the temple is hosting a cooking competition for food typical to the Gujarati people in India. Individual chefs will prepare “Farsan”, a type of snack food that includes samosas and Dhokla, or patties made from chickpea batter.
The “Exhibition and Annakut Darshan” will take place on Nov. 17, with decorative vegetables and Rangoli (an unique type of color art) on display.
The temple also offers the only Govardhan Pooja Celebration in the Bay Area, it said. An unique ritual dating back 500 years, devotees offer milk to the deity Krishna.
For more information about Diwali celebrations, visit Shreemaya Krishnadham’s website at www.bayvp.org.