Hello friends, I wish you all a very happy Diwali, the festival of lights. On this day, all the homes are cleaned and decorated with rangolis , diyas(earthen lamp), colourful lights. We celebrate the day to welcome the arrival of Lord Rama and Mother Sita , to their Kingdom Ayodhya along with their entourage, after spending fourteen years in exile.
The forced exile was actually wished by his step mother, Kaikeyi, from his father King Janak, with an intention to make her own son Bharat, the king. But coming to that the devout younger brother ruled the kingdom on behalf of his elder brother and promptly restore the same on his arrival back. The whole of Ayodhya was decorated with lights to celebrate the occasion. The ritual is said to be continued from then.
We also worship Goddes Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha in the evening, to seek their blessings for happiness and prosperity. Goddesses Kali, another form Goddes Durga is also worshipped by the devotees in the night.
Glowing diya in Deepavali, is a symbol of auspicious life and knowledge.
- Let’s light diyas of compassion to banish the darkness of anger and selfishness from our lives.
- Let’s light the diyas of acceptance to keep away from criticism.
- Let’s light the diyas of self respect to banish unfair comparison of our selves with others.
- Let’s light the diyas of contentment to throw away jealousy from our hearts.
- Let’s light the diyas of cooperation to vanquish unhealthy competition.
The rituals related to Diwali and their symbolism are:
- Cleaning and decorating the house. Let’s clean our minds too, to remove the stain of bitterness, resentment, unpleasant past experiences.
- By wearing new clothes, Let’s welcome newness in our thoughts, habits and lifestyle. Let’s wear new vibrations.
- As an exchange of best gift to one another is the acceptance of people, as they are.
- As for exchange of sweets, let our thoughts and words be sweet and respectful.
As one diya lights up another, and the second diya lights up the third and the light is spread everywhere. Let the celebration of Deepavali unite us all human beings as one large glow of light and try to make the lives of people and creatures around us happy and bright.
Let there be light, to dispel the darkness of a moonless night!
Cover picture: Millions of diyas lighting up the bank of river Saryu in Ayodhya, to celebrate Diwali.
Wish you all health, happiness and prosperity. Adieu for now.