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Invocation

Celebrate Diwali

 

                                                                 

Many people decorate their home and workplaces with tiny electric lights or small clay oil lamps. Bowls of water with candles and flowers floating on the surface are also popular decorations.People in different regions in India may celebrate Diwali on various dates.

Deepawali or Diwali is a festival of lights symbolizing the victory of righteousness and the lifting of spiritual darkness.  The word “Deepawali” refers to rows of diyas, or clay lamps. This is one of the most popular festivals in the Hindu calendar. It is celebrated on the 15th day of Kartika, according to the Hindu calendar. This festival commemorates Lord Rama's return to his kingdom Ayodhya after completing his 14-year exile.

Many Buddhists in India mark anniversary of the Emperor Ashoka’s conversion to Buddhism around the time of Diwali. Many scholars believe that Ashoka lived between 270BCE and 232 BCE.

 Many people who observe Jainism mark the anniversary of Mahavira's (or Lord Mahavir) attainment of nirvana on October 15, 527 BCE. Mahavira established the central spiritual ideas of Jainism. Many Jains celebrate the Festival of Lights in his honor.

Bandi Chhorh Divas, which is the Sikh celebration of the sixth Nanak's (Guru Har Gobind) return from detention in the Gwalior Fort, coincides with Diwali. This coincidence has resulted in the similarity of celebrating the day among many Sikhs and Hindus.

The Christians too celebrate Christ as the light of the world. In love they share with their neigbours the joy of the festival.

A   lovely  festival of significance and appeal to people of many religions.

Light by itself attracts and speaks a lot.

Light is sought by all, it helps to radiate joy.

The festival of lights unites hearts in friendship and relationship.

Exchange  of  greetings  and gifts, help to think of the other.

Let our land be strengthened to overcome the numerous dark deceits that prevail.

Let this festival help all to see the value of truth, goodness and well being of one and all equally and in justice.

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