Diwali will be celebrated on 3rd November 2013. On this day one will experience a full eclipse which ends at 15h30.

The Legends of Diwali.

The word "Diwali" is derived from the Sanskrit word "Deepavali" meaning a "row of lights". There are various stories regarding the origin of Diwali. For this reason people celebrate Diwali in different ways in different regions of the India and all over the world wherever Indians reside.

The home is well decorated with Indian decorations called torans and garlands. Diwali falls in the month of Kartik and therefore ghee lamps are lit everyday and offered to the Lord in anticipation for his arrival in their homes on the actual day of Diwali. Mitaai or sweet preparations are made to offer and please the Lord. This is distributed to family, friends, neighbors and relatives on the day of Diwali. This is regarded as a gesture of goodwill and they pray that this sweet mood will prevail in every day of their lives.

Every member of the family ensures that they rise early. The day commences with a holy and customary bath of three kinds of sweet scented oil which is followed by the conducting of agnihotra or an elaborate yajna into which samagree consisting of herbs that are obtained from the holy Himalaya mountains. This is mixed with grains and clarified butter (ghee) Offerings are made to Luxmi Narayana who are the supreme personality of Godhead and his internal pleasure giving personality. Yajna is another name for Lord Vishnu as he appears as the fire and acts as the devouring agent of the Lord to accept the offerings of His devotees and ensures that they reach the Lord. Every effort is made to make the offerings with love and devotion as this is what the Lord expects of His devotees.

After the yajna the family jointly chants the maha mantra glorifying the holy names of the Lord.
Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare / Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
– in this way we obtain the blessings of the Lord and the 33 million devi and devatas as this mantra is the beej or seed which contains all mantras. It is like watering the root of the tree and the entire tree gets satisfied. It is a day that reminds one of peace, love, joy and happiness. The Hindu has been the most tolerant of all religions in the world. India has accommodated the languages, culture and traditions of everyone throughout the world and has never fought or gone in war against any other country in the world. It is on this day that they are once again reminded of how they should live now and always in a mood of tolerance and care for others.

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Pundit Roshan Singh

September 2013

The Victory of Rama

It is on this day Lord Ramachandra together with this eternal consort Sita Devi together with is expansion Sri Lakshmanji returned to Ayodhya after defeating the demon-king Ravana from their 14 years of exile. On this day the entire Bharatvarsha or India was lit up with earthern diyas or lamps. The sky was lit up with fireworks and the devas showered India with flowers. This is one of the reasons why the culture and traditions and glory of this land can never be diminished or die.

Emergence of Lakshmi

On this day Mother Lakshmi manifested herself when the churning of the ocean had taken place. It is for this reason special prayers are offered to our Divine and eternal mother that she showers her grace and mercy upon us so as to enable us to serve her Lord.

The Legend of King Bali

This day is most auspicious as the Lord appeared as a diminutive brahama – Vamana and pushed the arrogant King Bali into the underworld but generously gave him a lamp of knowledge and allowed him to return to the earth once a year and light up millions of other lamps on the planet to dispel darkness and ignorance and radiate love joy and happiness.

The Return of the Pandavas

Diwali has its origin in Mahabharata too. In 'Kartik Amavashya' the Pandavas appeared from their 12 years of banishment as a result of their defeat in the hands of the Kauravas at the game of dice (gambling). The subjects who loved the Pandavas celebrated the day by lighting the earthen lamps.

Krishna Killed Narakasur

On this day the demon Narakasur was defeated and killed by Lord Krsna.