Diwali 2012 Celebration at BAPS Mandir

Join us to celebrate Diwali – the festival of light and Hindu New Year with your friends and family at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir!

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Lilburn, Georgia, hosts the largest Diwali and Hindu New Year celebrations in the state. Open to one and all, the celebrations are an opportunity for the whole family to enjoy the traditions, colors and rich culture of the Hindu faith.

Even though the actual celebration starts at 7pm, the template has festivities all day. Last year I arrived at 5pm and it was great time to find a great location, walk around for scenic pictures. We can decided the time and place to meet.
See a sample of last years celebration pictures that members took at this link: http://www.meetup.com/SPS-Meetup/photos/4106982/

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  • Mikki Root D.

    What a fabulous experience! Even if I don't get any decent photos, it was a wonderful evening...good friends, good times and glorious lights and fireworks.

    November 13, 2012

  • Zachary L.

    Arrived early to get a spot by the water and beat the traffic. Was a lot of fun, wish I would have gone last year!

    November 13, 2012

  • Abbey G.

    4) The celebration begins immediately after dark usually with the releasing of lanterns, then the template lights, then fireworks. It should be over around 10 pm. There is also free food after the fireworks.

    5) NO PHOTOGRAPHY IS ALLOWED IN THE TEMPLE!! :) You can photograph outside, and the main buildings but not inside the main temple. 6) Lenses: Wide angle and telephoto are a must. To cover the whole temple you need a 18mm or wider. Also, you shall need these if you are planning on taking pictures of the template AND overhead fireworks. Telephoto for the great temple details/shadows cast by the temple lights, candles, smoke plums, and lanterns.

    November 12, 2012

  • Abbey G.

    Hey guys... let me see if I can answer your questions.

    1) Parking is available on the property BUT you have to arrive very very early. After 4:30pm you are better off parking across or in the overflow parking. There are shuttles from the strip mall parking and additional parking at the baseball fields. The shuttles were available last year at 5pm and on from the overflow parking. If you arrive past 6pm, park in the overflow. Much better to get in and out.

    2) We can meet at the elephant water fountains. I should be there no later than 5:30 pm. However, you are more than welcome to shoot from anywhere you want.

    3) There is not a lot of seating space. Most people were standing and some did bring blankets. But because people want to see the temple/monks/etc... most people were standing. So tall tripods are recommended. I did see chairs last year but not sure what the official rule is.

    November 12, 2012

  • Alan S.

    1) Is parking available inside, at the strip mall across the street, or catch as catch can?
    2) Has a meeting location been decided?
    3) It looks like it is lawn seating? Are lawn chairs allowed?
    3) How late does the celebration go?

    November 12, 2012

  • Danny

    Will we be allowed to photograph inside the temple?

    November 12, 2012

  • David P.

    I was in India during Diwali two years ago and it's an amazing celebration.

    October 22, 2012

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