Saturday, October 17, 2009


DIWALI

Diwali or Dīpāvali means a row of lamps or garland of lights. It is the most colourful Indian festival, celebrated on the Kartika Amavasya or New Moon, which falls during October/November.


Historically, the origin of Diwali can be traced back to ancient India, when it was probably an important harvest . However, there are various legends pointing to the origin of Diwali.


Some people believe that Diwali is the celebration of the marriage of Goddess Lakshmi with Lord Vishnu. Whereas in Bengal the festival is dedicated to the worship of Mother Kali, the Goddess of strength. Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed God, the symbol of auspiciousness and wisdom, is also worshipped in most Hindu homes on this day.

Deepavali is a festival of lights symbolizing the victory of righteousness and the lifting of spiritual darkness.



Diwali is celebrated as the victory of good over evil - and the glory of light. It is celebrated as the homecoming of Lord Rama after a 14-year exile in the forest and his victory over Ravana. The people of Ayodhya (the capital of his kingdom) welcomed Rama by lighting rows (avali) of lamps (dĭpa), thus its name: dīpāwali. Diwali is one of the biggest festivals of Hindus, celebrated with great enthusiasm and happiness in India.

The festival is celebrated for five continuous days, where the third days is celebrated as the main Diwali festival or 'Festival of lights'.


Different colorful varieties of fireworks are always associated with this festival. On this auspicious day, people light up diyas and candles all around their house. The Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi incarnated on the new moon day (amaavasyaa) of the Kartik month during the churning of the ocean (samudra-manthan), hence the association of Diwali with Lakshmi. People perform Laxmi Puja in the evening and seek divine blessings of Goddess of Wealth.

The festival of Diwali is never complete without exchange of gifts. People present diwali gifts to all near and dear ones.


Homes are decorated, sweets are distributed by everyone and thousands of lamps lit to create a world of fantasy.

Diwali is a time for fun and revelry. Diwali is also a time for pooja and tradition.

The festival of Diwali is celebrated by the Indians throughout the world with special enthusiasm and zeal.

Diwali is the most popular as well as liked festival in the country as well as abroad. This festival of lights brings along with itself immense enthusiasm and pleasure.

Diwali is the festival, which means celebration one after another, each day with a new philosophy.

23 comments:

Singh Amit said...

Nice post with wonderful Pics... :)
Wish You A Very Very Happy And Prosperous Diwali... :)

Cheers!!

Jarlin Paul said...

Wish you a Happy and Prosperous Diwali!!!

M VERMA said...

very nice composition with so beautiful pictures.

डॉ. रूपचन्द्र शास्त्री मयंक said...

यह दिया है ज्ञान का, जलता रहेगा।
युग सदा विज्ञान का, चलता रहेगा।।
रोशनी से इस धरा को जगमगाएँ!
दीप-उत्सव पर बहुत शुभ-कामनाएँ!!

exposemaximum said...

Great Info

BK Chowla said...

Very nice and informative with lovely pictures.
Babli,Happy Diwali.

ஷ‌ஃபிக்ஸ்/Suffix said...

WISH YOU A VERY HAPPY DIWALI!!

R. Ramesh said...

thanks babli for yr greeting..best wishes 2 u always..cheers

Nazish Rahman said...

I liked this Diwali post!!
Diwali is really a festival celebrated by all

abdul hai said...

WISH YOU A VERY HAPPY DIWALI

Destiny's child... said...

So how was diwali Babli?
Thanks for your wishes...Wish you a happy diwali too (belated) :)
And it goes without saying, that your post was quite informative...:)
May be you could have mentioned more about the sweets! ;)

Lazyani said...

Wish you a very happy and prosperous Diwali

GMG said...

Hi Babli!!
Happy Diwali!!

Blogtrotter is now at an old spa in Turkey. Enjoy and have a great week!

nituscorner said...

wishing you a very happy diwali too

Ria said...

happy diwali and thanks for posting this. :)

R. Ramesh said...

thanks 4 passing by friend:)

deeps said...

the mood of celebration n bright light still lingers on ...
let these diyas light up the lives of many, the ones who come in touch with you ...

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Margaret Cloud said...

This is very interesting as usual, like the pictures. This sounds like a beautiful time and celebration.

Jeevan said...

Simply and beautifully described about deepavali and so as the picture of diyas.

Mitr Friend - Bhushavali said...

Hey Hi,
Just dropped by again to see your blog... Happy Diwali dear...
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निर्झर'नीर said...

ek se badhkar ek khoobsurat pics

uniqe

aapka collection bejod hai.

navaneedh said...





I actually enjoyed reading through this posting.Many thanks.













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