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the light of life

By on November 21, 2018
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A discussion on the importance of light this Diwali

Preparations for Diwali this month have begun in full swing. These are festival months – Ganesh Chaturthi, Navratri, Dussehra, Durga Puja, Diwali and Laxmi Puja are all lined up – and for all of us the excitement to ring in the celebration knows no bounds.  

The Festival of Lights – Diwali – is a significant and important festival in India and abroad. Shopping for gifts and clothes, lighting, décor, organising parties, painting homes, etc, – one cannot but notice the festive spirit all around. There are several stories that embody the significance of Diwali.

For some, Diwali marks the homecoming of Lord Rama with his wife Sita and brother Laxman to his kingdom in Ayodhya after 14 years of exile.

In some parts, it is marked as a celebration of the slaying of Narkasur, the maniac demon king who used to harass women, by Lord Shree Krishna. Narkasur’s mother was the greatest devotee of Lord Shree Krishna and did not endorse all her son’s misdoings and adventures. However, he was uncontrollable. Yet, the maternal bond was so strong that it took her to Lord Shree Krishna and she begged him to forgive her son’s death penalty.

With the kind of devotee that she was, in the normal course, Lord Shree Krishna would have pardoned Narkasur,  but the Law of Karma intervened. Lord Shree Krishna told her that any other boon would be granted as the misdoings of the Demon King were unpardonable by the Laws of Karma. Finally, in the early hours of Diwali, Lord Shree Krishna killed Narkasur with his Sudarshan Chakra.

It is thereafter that the lights are switched on and a significant decorative lamp called Aakash Diva is lit in devotees’ homes. This joyous occasion is celebrated by lighting a lamp.


Read the full article in 'Viva Goa' magazine copy.

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