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Sri Ambagarathur Bathra Kaliamman Temple chief priest Sivasari K. Kannan Sivacharyar (right) blessing Gajashaantini at the temple in Kampung Baru, Air Itam.
GEORGE TOWN: North Indian families, comprising Sindhis, Punjabi Hindus and Punjabi Sikhs, flocked to the Sri Kunj Bihari Temple in Penang Road here for a Diwali gathering ahead of the actual festive day.
They were joined by a Tamil family in a show of comradeship with the North Indians.
Textile merchant Pishu Murli Hassaram, a Sindhi, came with his wife Noori, 53, daughters Shreya, 27, and Saheli, 11, four-month-old grandson Siddarth Virbhanani and son-in-law Bhavesh Virbhanani, 30.
Acting priest Om Prakash, 48, a Punjabi Hindu, brought along his children Suraj Prakash, 20, Akash, 19, sister-in-law Renu Anil Kumar, 41, Anisha Aggarwaral, 11, and nephew Avishal Aggarwaral, 10.
Also present were Resham Singh, 57, and his wife Surjit Kaur, 52.
Joining them were Tamils P. Sababathy, his wife V. Sarveswary and their daughter S. Harinee, four.
Pishu said North Indians celebrated Diwali (called Deepavali by south Indians) for five days.
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