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Govardhan Puja & Diwali: Festivities of love and harmony

  • A. Kurniawan Ulung

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 14 2019   /  02:22 am

In times of darkness: Hindus in Jakarta light candles during the Govardhan Puja festival at the Nilacala Dhama temple in Jakarta.Countless of twinkling candles and flickering oil lamps illuminated every corner of the Sri Nilacala Dhama temple in Pasar Baru, Central Jakarta, on the evening of Oct. 29, casting a glowing light over a large variety of vegetarian food that Hindus offered to Lord Krishna as a sign of gratitude.The foods — ranging from fruits and fried snacks to traditional cakes — were arranged in a mountain-shaped pile. They were consecrated by the Hindus who sat cross-legged on the floor embellished with Rangoli (artistic patterns of colored sand and rice believed to bring fortune).On that evening, they celebrated the Govardhan Puja, a Hindu festival that functions as remembrance for Hindus to always take refuge in Krishna, who always protects them.The Nilacala temp...