Traditional functions in Temples on Diwali

Annapoorna Temple, Varanasi :- A highlight of this temple is that every year, the day before Diwali, a golden idol of Annapurna is opened for darshan. This idol can be seen only on that one day, and it is indeed a great sight! Annapurna sits in the middle with her trademark bowl and ladle. On her left is Lakshmi (Sridevi- the goddess of wealth) and on her right is Bhudevi (the goddess of the earth). All these idols are of pure Gold, and are beautiful to look at. In front of them stands Shiva, made of silver, asking for alms. The temple also witnesses Laddu chariot carrying the Idol of Annaporrani Ma on the same day. "Annakoot vaibav" along with gubera pooja also takes place on the same day.

Golden Idol of Annapoorani Matha
Sri ranganathasamy Temple, Tiruchirapalli :- 'Jaali alankar' takes place for the main deity - Perumal' on this day. Offering two bags of 1000 one rupee coins to God along with Mangala Isai is referred as Jaali alankar. Those who witness this function is believed to have a ever prosperous life.

  • Sri Ranganathaswamy
Mathura temple, Gujarat :- In temples specially in Mathura and Nathadwara, this day is observed as Annakoot meaning mountain of food. Pious people keep awake the whole night and cook fifty-six or 108 different types of food for the bhog (the offering of food) to Krishna. The deities are given milkbath, dressed in shining attires with ornaments of dazzling diamonds, pearls, rubies and other precious stones. After the prayers and traditional worship innumerable varieties of delicious sweets are ceremoniously raised in the form of a mountain before the deities as "Bhog" and then the devotees approach the Mountain of Food and take Prasad from it.
Krishna, Radha in mathura


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