A Happy Diwali
15.10.2009 07:02:25 The Most colorful festival of Indian subcontinent is to celebrated on Oct 17.Today 15 th Oct,the Dhantaras, day for community go for shopping spree.Next day after Diwali is Vishkarma Puja when technocrats worship their instruments.The second day after Diwali is Bhai Duj the occasion when brothers pledge to look after their sisters.
The hindu community goes worshiping Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha,as Lakshmi the Goddess of wealth and Ganesha the good omen Lord to give success in acts of human for the welfare of all human beings.Festival of Lights,lighting a an oil based lamps a symbolic way of our spirit to get rid of darkness and let the inner light lit our self.it is also said the that as invention of fire came to knowledge of human beings,the comforts from chill winter and food for body flourished in primitive ages.Each house is lit and decorated with hundreds of earthen lamps and candles give an aesthetic look to the cities and town,villages with fireworks at its best in evening to midnight brings call of Lord Rama back home from his fourteen years of exiled imposed to Him by his stepmother.
(live-PR.com) - Indian masses since ages as the festival is the benchmark of Indian culture with its historical perspective .The Great festival of light radiated the pernnial flow of wisdom which Lord Krishna has envisaged in Geeta to his beloved disciple,the Truth always Trumph.Nothing is greater than the Truth itself.
Purity of thoughts is its chief
forte ,in which the higher consciousness must rule with the spirit as the observer,the destiny maker,slayer of all impure and negative thoughts which make us selfish creatures.Wisdom is to create the natural harmony amongst all leaving being ,to make this cosmic life reach to its ultimate REALITY.
Diwali is one such Great festival which starts with lighting a lamp outside to slay the drakness and bring light for everyone,so is the symbol light a lamp within us to give natural and primordial light to each and every being with us.
Next falls in line,imbibing of values ,practiced by Lord Rama and each action of HIS has been a source of inspiration to all Indian since ages to practice purer and healthier life for its evolution both materially and spiritually.
Diwali is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the month Kartika.Starting transition new year with hindu year of the end of Samvat 2064,change from old to new with nature.to the triumph of light,the ultimate truth,knowledge over darkness,ignorance and goodness over evil.
Festivals created in such scientific ways to bring community united of all cross section of people,family,relations meetings with their counterparts and strengthening the social fabric.Starting from first day cow and calf is worshipped. Since it is believed that cow is symbol of God, Diwali is begun by worshipping cow and calf. Dhanteras, the second day, is the auspicious day where it's supposed to be lucky to buy gold and is a big day for businesses," Then is "Narak Chaturdasi, the third day, celebrates the destruction of evil and brings light into everyone's life."The fourth day is the actual day of Diwali, devotees do worship to the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi. On The fifth day is Govardhan Puja, is symbolic of the love and devotion between a husband and wife."Bhai Duj, the sixth day, is symbolic love that brothers and sisters have.
Hindus a day of joy,homecoming of King Rama of Ayodhya after a 14-year exile in the forest, after he defeated the evil Ravana.The Jain festivals, Diwali is one of the most important one as on this occasion Jain celebrate the Nirvana of Lord Mahavira who established the dharma as we follow it.
Sikhs, Diwali came to have special significance from the day the town of Amritsar was illuminated on the return to it of Guru Hargobind (1595-1644) who had been held captive in the Fort at Gwalior under the orders of the Mughal emperor, Jahangir (1570-1627). As the sixth Guru (teacher) of Sikhism, Guru Hargobind Ji, was freed from imprisonment - along with 53 Hindu Kings were held as political prisoners whom the Guru had arranged to be released as well. After his release he went to the Darbar Sahib (Golden Temple) in the holy city of Amritsar, where he was welcomed in happiness by the people who lit candles and diyas to greet the Guru. Because of this, Sikhs often refer to Diwali also as Bandi Chhorh Divas - 'the day of release of detainees."
The festival is also celebrated by Buddhists of Nepal, particularly the Newar Buddhists.
Naraka Chaturdashi (29 Ashvin or 14 Krishna Paksha Ashvin): Chaturdashi is the fourteenth day on which demon Narakasura was killed.
Diwali signifies the victory of good over evil and light over darkness .
In south India this is the actual day of festivities. Hindus wake up way before dawn as early as 2:00 in the morning, have a fragrant oil bath and wear new clothes. They light small lamps all around the house and draw elaborate kolams /rangolis outside their homes. They perform a special puja with offerings to Lord Sri Krishna or Lord Sri Vishnu, as he liberated the world from the demon Narakasura on this day. It is believed that taking a bath before sunrise, when the stars are still visible in the sky is equivalent to taking a bath in the holy Ganges.
Deepawali, the festival of lights, is celebrated all over the country in a mood of festivity and gaiety. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil and strengthens our resolve to follow the high ideals in life. Deepawali has always been a great unifying force in our society as it draws people out in a joyful celebration. Let us celebrate this unique festival in its true spirit.
Deepawali is an important festival for promoting brotherhood and fellow feeling among all sections of the people celebrated on the ocassion of the victory of good over evil and reflects the true spirit of our mutlicultura culture further it heralds the approach of winter beginning of the sowing season.
Diwali, when millions of Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains around the world join together setting out 'diyas' and enjoying fireworks in celebration of the Festival of Lights. The Most colorful festival of Indian subcontinent celebrated Indian goes worshiping Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha,as Lakshmi the Goddess of wealth and Ganesha the good omen Lord to give success in acts of human for the welfare of all human beings.Festival of Lights,lighting a an oil based lamps a symbolic way of our spirit to get rid of darkness and let the inner light lit our self.
It is also said the that as invention of fire came to knowledge of human beings,the comforts from chill winter and food for body flourished in primitive ages.Each house is lit and decorated with hundreds of earthen lamps and candles give an aesthetic look to the cities and town,villages with fireworks at its best in evening to midnight brings call
of Lord Rama back home from his fourteen years of exiled imposed to Him by his stepmother.
One of the festivals that unite the people irrespective of their religion and nationality is Diwali in Singapore. Hindus celebrate the annual Festival of Lights - Diwali - with elaborate light and candle decorations, creating a beautiful spectacle as the night draws in. The festive atmosphere generates a feeling of joy and happiness and is to be felt and shared in Singapore. As a policy, crackers are not sold to avoid noise pollution and only sparklers can be bought. To mark Deepavali- the Hindu festival of lights, "Little India" on Serangoon Road is decorated with lights, garlands and colorful arches. Today, Little India is the emotional and commercial center of the local Indian community. On Diwali day, children accompanied by parents will go to open area to light the sparklers since most of the people live in high-rise apartments. There are more than 18 temples in Singapore and it is customary to offer prayers at the temples. The whole atmosphere provides a feeling of being at home and enables newcomers to easily integrate with the rest of the society. This reminds us of the Tamil proverb "Yaadhum Oore Yaavarum Kelir" which means, 'every country is my own and all the people are my kinsmen.'
Nepal is another good place to see the magnificent Diwali celebration. Diwali in Nepal is called Tihar. Just like Indians, Diwali is celebrated here to honor the goddess of wealth (Lakshmi) and the God of prosperity (Ganesha). The whole of Nepal is decorated with lights and lamps. Special foods like sweets of different forms are prepared to mark the festivity. Fireworks and crackers are used widely all around. Myanmar has a good number of Hindu population and most of the Hindu festivals are celebrated over there. Diwali celebrations in Myanmar is really full of glory and fun and is celebrated as per the Hindu solar calendar. The day of the festival is celebrated by worshiping God. The Houses are decorated with lights and lamps, special foods are prepared, gifts are exchanged and fireworks are enjoyed to mark the occasion.
Diwali Mauritius is celebrated with great enthusiasm at Mauritius as this country have great Indian crowd. The Diwali celebrations at Mauritius is as good as in India. The festival of lights- Diwali is celebrated in October/November. Diwali marks the victory of Rama over Ravana and also commemorates Krishna's destruction of the demon Narakasuran. Earthen oil lamps are placed in front of every home turning the island into a fairyland of flickering lights.
Hindu community of Malaysia constitutes about 8% of its total population. The community celebrates Diwali festival as a symbol of triumph of good over evil. The Malaysian people call Diwali as Hari Diwali. The south Indian tradition of oil bath precedes all the rituals of Diwali Festival. The Diwali celebration includes visits to temples and prayers at household altars.Diwali is celebrated almost all over the Malaysia except in Sarawak Federal Territory of Labuan.
The Indonesian island of Bali is famous for celebrating the festival of Diwali, as a majority of the population here are Indians. It is one of the most revered festivals of the locals here. The celebration and rituals of the festival is mostly similar to that celebrated by their counterparts in India.
Australia the wonderful island, continent a vast countrywith cosmopolitan culture on Indian Ocean has an estimated 100000 Indians as settled in Australia. Many of the Indians here are recent arrivals are professionals, that belong to the affluent sections of the Indian societyand to Hindu's here, Diwali is one of the major festivals that is celebrated with great enthusiasm. The lightening of lamps and diyas on Diwali is a common practice. Lack of logistics and appropriate material for celebrations have influenced which has given Diwali an Austalian touch in the celebration of the festival of light.
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