A light in dark times

HINDUS and Sikhs in Leamington will be praying for better times ahead as part of their Diwali celebrations next week.

The festival celebrates the triumph of good over evil, marking the defeat of the demon Naraka by Lord Krishna and his wife Satyabhama.

On Amavasya, the third day of Diwali, Hindus worship Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. Temple spokesman Tarsem Lal Gupta said members of both religions will gather at the Krishna Temple in Crown Terrace on Wednesday from 6am to 8pm to pray to the goddess Lakshmi for prosperity, peace and harmony in Leamington and around the world in the years ahead.

Worshippers will light diyas, clay lamps which symbolise enlightenment, and distribute sweets made at the temple.

A Diwali drama will be performed at Aylesford School on Saturday November 19 from 6pm to 9pm.

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