शुभ दीपावली / Happy Diwali

Diwali or Deepavali, as most of you know, is the most celebrated Indian festival, celebrated pan-India, across all religions. It is popularly known as the festival of lights and is a five day festival. Diwali, falls on the third day, this year on 7th Nov.

It is celebrated to mark the victory of good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. It is believed that Ram returned to his kingdom, Ayodhya, after defeating Raavan, on this day and the people of Ayodhya lighted lamps in their houses to welcome him. It is also believed that Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, visits households on this auspicious day, so ritual cleaning of homes and business premises is done before Diwali.

You can read more about Diwali here.

इस बार जब दिवाली पर घर की सफाई करोगे,

तो अपने मन से अवसाद के जाले भी साफ करना।

जब कूड़ा करकट फेंकोगे

तो कड़वाहट भी फेंक आना।

धनतेरस पर कुछ नया खरीदोगे

तब कुछ सच्ची खुशियाँ बाँट आना।

द्वार पर जब रंगोली सजाओगे

तो किसी के जीवन में रंग भरना।

जब दीपक रौशन करो घर में

तब अपने ह्रदय के उस कोने को,

जो बरसों से अंधकार में डूबा है

रौशन जरूर करना।

जब कटुता, बैर, द्वेष, जलन धू- धू कर जल जाएँ

तब समझना, सही मायनों में,

दिवाली तुमने मनाई।

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

This Diwali, when you clean your home

Don’t forget to remove the cobwebs of depression from your mind

When you get rid of all the useless clutter

Do get rid of your bitterness too

When you buy something new for dhanteras*

Then do share your happiness with those who need it

When you decorate your doorway with colourful rangoli*

Fill some beautiful colours in lives in need of colours

When you light the lamps to illuminate your home

Don’t forget to light up that hidden corner of your heart

Which has been in darkness for years

When you see your unpleasantness, enimity, malice and jealousy

burnt to embers in the fireworks

It is only then, remember, you have celebrated Diwali in the truest sense.

*dhanteras – thirteenth day of the second fortnight of the ninth month of lunar calendar. On this day it is considered auspicious to buy some metal; jewellery, utensil etc.

*rangoli – floor decoration

27 thoughts on “शुभ दीपावली / Happy Diwali

  1. we celebrate it here on the 6th Nov, and i look forward to good fellowship times. may your home be blessed and all who live in it, with much peace and love in this coming festival of light over darkness. love your cleansing poem at the end, very appropriate not only for the season but for the end of a year as we move on to the next phase of life. beautiful my dear

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  2. I just read what was there on wiki about Diwali, and who did I see in there but Durga! Very interesting how many different religions celebrate the holiday each in their own way. The idea of a 5 day celebration, where so much good and so much fun are happening, sounds very inviting 🙂

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    1. Durga is omnipresent! She is present there for all our festivals in her various avatars. Most of our festivals are spread over a few days and are fun times of feasting, meeting family and friends and a bit of spiritual cleansing.

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      1. I saw at wiki that each day of the 5 days a different “event” happens? First day clean house, second day cook food, third day major celebration, fourth day, something about sister and brother (?), and fifth day fireworks? I’m sure I didn’t remember that correctly but am I close??

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      2. Today is the first day and it is believed that when the ocean was churned by the gods on one side and the demons on the other, on this day goddess Lakshmi and the physician Dhanvantri emerged. Thus it is a nod to both of them.
        Second day is also known as choti (small) diwali. But in southern states Diwali is celebrated on this day as the demon Narakasura was defeated on this day. The fireworks take place on the second and third or Diwali day when goddess Lakshmi along with Ganesh is worshipped. The fourth day marks the harvest day, so foodgrains are worshipped. It is also believed that on this day Krishna lifted the mount Govardhan to shelter the people of Vrindavan from torrential rains. The fifth day marks the celebration of the bond between brothers and sisters.

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  3. Happy Diwali to you and yours, Punam. A beautiful piece to remind us all to clean all aspects of life so that we may make room for more love,joy and contentment.

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