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PostSubject: Festival of Lights - DIPAWALI   Thu Nov 04, 2010 1:14 am

May the festival of lights be the harbinger of joy and prosperity. As the holy occasion of Diwali is here and the atmosphere is filled with the spirit of mirth and love, here's hoping this festival of beauty brings your way, bright sparkles of contentment, that stay with you through the days ahead

According to Ramayana, Diwali commemorates the return of Ram, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu and the eldest son of King Dasharath of Ayodhya, from his 14-year exile with Sita and Lakshman after killing the Ravan, a demon king. The people of Ayodhya illuminated the kingdom with earthen diyas (oil lamps) and fireworks to celebration of the return of their king. The legend of Rama says, Lord Rama was the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He was a great warrior King. His father Dashratha, the King of Ayodhya sent him to exile along with his wife Sita and his younger brother Lakshman, on his wife's insistence. After 14 years of exile, in which he put an end to the demon Ravana Lord Rama returned to his Kingdom Ayodhya.

Ravana imprisoned Sita and forced her to marry him but she never agreed to this. Lord Rama with the help of Hanuman, Sugreev and Bali and their "vannar sena" attacked Lanka and after a fierce battle, got Sitaji released from the clutches of Ravana. After this victory of Good over Evil, Rama returned to Ayodhya.

According to Diwali legends in Ayodhya, the people welcomed them by lighting rows of clay lamps. Twinkling oil lamps or diyas were there in every home and firework were there too. Great celebrations were held and everyone was happy for Rama to be the King of Ayodhya. This celebration took place on the night of the new moon of Ashwin (October-November). The tradition and the timing continued to be followed even these days. Even today Diwali celebration means -happiness, fireworks and sweets.

Thus the festival of diwali is an honour of Rama's victory over Ravana. Among all the legends of Diwali this one is the most believed one.
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PostSubject: Re: Festival of Lights - DIPAWALI   Sat Sep 10, 2011 5:18 am

This year Diwali is going to be very special for me, as the dance group I used to be a part of is going for its first US Diwali performance!!! I am very happy for them, and I will look forward for the updates on their trip! You are also welcome to the website of Maryuri Dance group (Petrozavodsk, Russia) http://www.dancemayuri.com/, where you could find links to their photos, videos and events

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PostSubject: Re: Festival of Lights - DIPAWALI   Tue Oct 25, 2011 12:38 pm

Taken at Cary Diwali Festival 2011 organized by HumSub. This was a brilliant dance performance by the Mayuri Dance Group based out of Petrozavodsk, Russia.

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PostSubject: Re: Festival of Lights - DIPAWALI   Thu Nov 03, 2011 5:50 am

Hi All,

It's nice seeing you all again. Smile

I hope you have been through a wonderful time altogather. Here in India festive season is continued and I am just enjoying them. Sharing a smile and a big hug to you all.

Abhi Smile))
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PostSubject: Re: Festival of Lights - DIPAWALI   Thu Nov 03, 2011 10:36 am

Good to see you, Abhi! hugs
All the best to you to!!! pirat

Mayuri at Cary Diwali.

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PostSubject: Re: Festival of Lights - DIPAWALI   Wed Oct 17, 2012 5:34 am

I love this festival because diwali is a very spiritual festival.Make this Diwali special for your friends, relatives and neighbors by offering them some thoughtful gifts like Bandhanwar, Torans, Sweets, Dry Fruits and Idols of Gods and Goddesses.
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PostSubject: Re: Festival of Lights - DIPAWALI   Wed Nov 14, 2012 1:54 am

Some of my photos Smile

Char-mukha diya


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PostSubject: Re: Festival of Lights - DIPAWALI   Wed Nov 14, 2012 1:56 am

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PostSubject: Re: Festival of Lights - DIPAWALI   Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:28 am

yulika wrote:
Some of my photos Smile
Thanks fot them! sunny
Do you have more? Wink
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Char-mukha diya
WOW!!! I LOVE diyas! I love you
What Char-mukha means??? beardscratch

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PostSubject: Re: Festival of Lights - DIPAWALI   Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:22 am


A Pakistani Hindu girl adjusts earthen lamps to decorate an area of her house to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 in Karachi, Pakistan.
Hindus across the country are celebrating Diwali, where people decorate their homes with light and set off firecrackers.

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PostSubject: Re: Festival of Lights - DIPAWALI   Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:24 am


A Pakistani Hindu carries oil lamps on the occasion of Diwali in Lahore on November 13, 2012.
People decorate their homes with flowers and Diyas (earthen lamps) to celebrate the homecoming of the God Ram after vanquishing the demon king Ravana and honour the Hindu goddess of wealth, Lakshmi.

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PostSubject: Re: Festival of Lights - DIPAWALI   Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:28 am


Indian Sikh devotees light oil lamps at the Golden Temple in Amritsar
on November 13, 2012, on the ocassion of Bandi Chhor Divas or Diwali.
Sikhs celebrate Bandi Chhor Divas or Diwali to mark the return of the Sixth Guru, Guru Hargobind Ji, who was freed from imprisonment and also managed to release 52 political prisoners at the same time from Gwalior fort by Mughal Emperor Jahangir in 1619.

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PostSubject: Re: Festival of Lights - DIPAWALI   Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:00 am


People dressed as the gods, Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi, walk through the streets during the Hindu festival of Diwali on November 13, 2012 in Leicester, United Kingdom.
Up to 35,000 people attended the Diwali festival of light in Leicester's Golden Mile in the heart of the city's asian community. The festival is an opportunity for Hindus to honour Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and is one of the biggest in the world outside India. Sikhs and Jains also celebrate Diwali.

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