Monday, November 1, 2010

The significance of Diwali as flashed by me on the f.b. on Nov. 01,2010.

Bishwa Nath Singh :

Diwali or Deepaawali means literally an array of lamps that is known as .rows of diyas(made of earthen pots with oil and batti that are lit) Of all the festivals celebrated in India, Diwali is by far the most glamorous and important. It is celebrated very enthusiastically and liked & enjoyed by people belonging to all ...religions .Its radiant & magical touch creates an atmosphere of joy and festivity. It is celebrated twenty days after Dussehra, on the thirteenth day of the dark fortnight of the month of Ashwin (October / November) that symbolizes the victory of righteousness and the lifting of spiritual darkness. It celebrates the victory of good over evil and the glory of light. This festival commemorates Lord Rama's return to his kingdom Ayodhya after completing his fourteen years of exile in the forest. There are a number of legends connected with the origin of Diwali. But Diwali is widely celebrated as the day that Lord Rama returned triumphant to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana. the demon king of Lanka . In the North, particularly in Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Bihar & Jharkhand and the surrounding areas, Diwali is the day when King Rama's coronation was celebrated in Ayodhya after his epic war with Ravana, the demon king of Lanka was over and Ravna was killed by him and returned to Ayodhya,capital of Kaushal Rajya. As per wishesAyodhya ,capital of Kaushal Raj and Mithila, the kingdom of which Sita was the princess before she was married to Ram of Ayodhya, the cities and far-flung boundaries of these kingdoms were lit up with rows of lamps, glittering on dark nights to Welcome home the divine king Rama and his queen Sita after fourteen years of exile, ending with an across-the-seas war in which the whole of the kingdom of Lanka was destroyed.We will be celebrating Diwali on the 5th of November 2010.Let us sink our differences and begin new era of friendship from that day by exchanging good wishes with each other with malice to none!


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Bishwa Nath Singh :
As per the second legend, in rural areas, Diwali signifies Harvest Festival. Diwali occurs at the end of a cropping season. Every harvest normally spelt prosperity. The celebration was first started in India by farmers after they reaped t...heir harvests. They celebrated with joy and offered praises to God for granting them a good crop. As per the third legend, Narakasura, a monster, ruled the kingdom of Pradyoshapuram. He was a trouble-maker to the gods and the pious sages and would disturb their penance or create havoc during the rituals. To prove his power, Narakasura usurped some territory of Aditi, (the king of Suraloka and a relative of Satyabhama(Lord Krishna's wife)..Troubled & annoyed ,Lord Indra and other gods approached Lord Krishna and pleaded with him to protect them from the demon "Narakasura".Satyabhama appealed to Krishna to give her the golden chance to destroy Narakasura, as Narakasura was given a curse that he would be killed by a woman. Krishna granted her a boon to fight with Narakasura. With Krishna as the charioteer, Satyabhama entered the battle field and killed the demon, Narakasura. The killing of Narakasura was a victory of good over evil. It will be worth noting that Bhudevi, the Mother of the slain Narakasura, declared that his death should not be a day of mourning but an occasion to celebrate and rejoice. As per the fourth legend, on this day Goddess Lakshmi had emerged from the ocean of milk called the Ksheer Sagar. She brought with Her wealth and prosperity for mankind.On the eve of Diwali, worship of Goddess Lakshmi is performed to honor Her and as such, every year on Diwali day, Hindus perform Her worship with prayers. The distribution of various sweets and total vegetarian foods are the order of the day. This practice is very much alive till date.. Many people hold the view that the Goddess Lakshmi ( Goddess of wealth) will bless all of us with good fortune and she will visit the houses of all who are Her devotees on this day. The worship of Lakshmi is performed in the evening with all devotion at command besides worshipping Goddess Ganesh who is the God of strength & wisdom. Let us celebrate Diwali with great joy & festivity and sing prayers in honor of Lord Ganesh & Goddess Lakshmi to bless us and give us wisdom & prosperity to serve the mankind as whole for the cause of humanity!
Bishwa Nath Singh :

This year, we are going to celebrate Diwali or Deepaavali on Friday, the 5th of November 2010.Let us celebrate it very enthusiastically with great festivity and beware from pollutions caused by bursting of crackers and refrain and commence a new era of friendship with all by exchanging peasantries amongst them. Let us... offer our humble prayers and respectful obeisance's to the lotus feet of Lord Ganesh & Goddess Lakshmi who are worshipped with devotion in the evening of Diwali and seek their bliss for passion, wisdom & kindness on all of us living far & wide!


(Photo of Lord Ganesh & Goddess Lakshmi)
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Bishwa Nath Singh Let us pay our humble obeisance's to the lotus feet of Lord Ganesh & Goddess Lakshmi and seek their bliss for our very happy & prosperous Diwali!

November 01,2010.

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