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March 24, 2014 17:07 IST

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Paresh Gandhi in Parlin, New Jersey

The fervour of Holi often colours the hearts of devotees beyond the frontiers and spreads the message of joy, togetherness, celebrates truth’s victory over evil.

The Dwarkadhish Temple in Parlin, New Jersey, United States of America, celebrated the festival of joy and colours on March 22, which was attended by thousands of Indian Americans from across that country.

Rediff.com’s Paresh Gandhi brings us these exclusive photographs.

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Image: Indian Americans celebrate Holi at Dwarkadhish Temple in New Jersey on March 22
Photographs: Paresh Gandhi/Rediff.com

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Because of the cold weather, the celebrations -- one of the biggest in the US -- were held a week prior to the festivities in India.

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Image: Thousands of devotees gather around a Holika during Holi festivities at New Jersey's Dwarkadhish Temple
Photographs: Paresh Gandhi/Rediff.com

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The temple authorities arranged for a huge parking for the convenience of the devotees, and fire tenders from the city were stationed at the temple compound. People started gathering at the compound in the afternoon and started playing Holi with dry colours.

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Image: Devotees gather around Holika Dahan during Holi festivities at New Jersey's Dwarkadhish Temple
Photographs: Paresh Gandhi/Rediff.com

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At around 6 pm, the head priest of the temple lit the huge Holika fire, which was 20 feet high and 15 feet wide.


Image: People celebrate Holi at New Jersey's Dwarkadhish Temple
Photographs: Paresh Gandhi/Rediff.com

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