Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The significance of Diwali as flashed by me on the f.b on October 27,2010.

Bishwanath Singh:

This year, Diwali will be celebrated on the 5th of November 2010.In India, national holiday is declared on that day to celebrate this very important festival all through out the country with great enthusiasm & festivity. Deepavali is also known as Diwali .It is perhaps the most well-known of Hindu festivals where pe...ople from all age groups participate. Diwali is celebrated to commemorate Lord Ram return along with his spouse Goddess Sita & younger brother Lord Lakshman from fourteen years of exile to Ayodhya ,the capital of Kaushal Pradesh after the defeat of the demon king of Lanka Ravana, who had abducted his souse Sita in garb of a hermit and Lord Ram’s subsequent coronation as king of Kaushal Pradesh. The word Diwali means the rows of lighted lamps. Diwali is known as the festival of lightsand alsoit signifies victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance.Let us celebrate it with great festivity!

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Bishwanath Singh :
One can see as how best Lord Ganesh & Goddess Lakshmi are worshipped in the evening with great devotion on the eve of Diwali .As ,it could be seen that the earthen Diya is lighted and our humble obeisance's are paid at the lotus feet of th...e deities of Lord Ganesh & Goddess Lakshmi to seek their bliss for attainment of health, wealth, knowledge, peace, valor and fame to all of us in the evening on the eve of Diwali.Let us have a glimpse on the significance of Diwali that may be of some interest to all of us!

The word Diwali means the rows of lighted lamps. Diwali is known as the festival of lights because houses, shops and public places are decorated with small earthenware oil lamps called Diyas They give expression to their happiness by lighting earthen Diyas (lamps), decorating the houses, bursting firecrackers and inviting near and dear ones to their households for partaking in a sumptuous feast. The lighting of lamps is a way of paying obeisance to god for attainment of health, wealth, knowledge, peace, valor and fame. The legends say that it id s celebrated to commemorate the memory of the return of Lord Ram and his spouse Goddess Sita & his younger brother Lord Lakshman to the capital of his kingdom Ayodhya after fourteen years of exile. The festival is the time for spring-cleaning the home, exchanging gifts (often sweets and dried fruits) and preparing festive meals, decorating buildings with fancy lights. huge firework displays often celebrate Diwali & wearing new clothes It is one time in the whole year that children volunteer to leave their beds long before the day begins. They emerge, scrubbed clean to get into their festive attire, and light up little oil lamps, candles and scented sticks(Agarbathis) in the evening after performing ‘Pooja & Archana” to the deities of Lrd Ganesh & Goddess Lakshmi with great devotion and sincerity and after that they keep on setting alight crackers and sparklers. On Diwali night, little clay lamps are lit in Hindus homes, but now a days colored electric lamps are also used. What is the significance of lighting a lamp? There is a logical answer to this question. It is through the light that the beauty of this world is revealed or experienced. Most civilizations of the world recognize the importance of light as a gift of God. It has always been a symbol of whatever is positive in our world of experience. To Hindus, darkness represents ignorance, and light is a metaphor for knowledge. Therefore, lighting a lamp symbolizes the destruction, through knowledge, of all negative forces- wickedness, violence, lust, anger, envy, greed, bigotry, fear, injustice, oppression and suffering, etc. Competition is stiff, and even the little girl in silk frocks and their finery are watching out for the best sparklers and flowerpots, the rockets and Vishnuchakras, which light-up the night sky like a thousand stars. Grown-ups are the soul of generosity. Festive presents a lovely look and colorful night. The festival celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance, although the actual legends that go with the festival are different in different parts of India: In northern India and elsewhere, Diwali celebrates Rama's return from fourteen years of exile to Ayodhya after the defeat of Ravana and his subsequent coronation as king; In Gujarat, the festival honours Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth;In Nepal Diwali commemorates the victory of Lord Krishna over the demon king Narakaasura; In Bengal, it is associated with the goddess Kali. People start the new business year at Diwali, and some Hindus will say prayers to the goddess for a successful year.he lamps are lit to help Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, find her way into people's homes. In India Hindus will leave the windows and doors of their houses open so that Goddess Lakshmi can come in. Rangoli are drawn on the floors - Rangoli are patterns and the most popular subject is the lotus flower.Let us celebrate Diwali with great festivity with malice to none and surrender our self ego at the lotus feet of Lord Ganesh & Goddess Lakshmi besides that of Goddess Kali to have their everlasting bliss in our life!

Meena Garg ;shubh: deepawali....

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October 27,2010.

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