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Pinal Patel Dr. Signe Wegener ENGL 1102M February 15, 2011 Diwali – The Festivals of Light Whenever I think of Indian festivals, there is one biggest festival comes to mind, Diwali. It reminds me of colors, bright lights, happiness, and firecrackers. Diwali is a popular Hindu festival in India. Diwali is festival of lights, which is celebrated by everyone including children and elders. It is celebrated for 5 days in either the month of October or November according to Hindu calendar. In Hinduism, each of the five days has a significant meaningful story for celebration. Each story of Diwali has the significance of the victory of good over evil. The words in my native Indian language, Gujarati, are italicized. The first day of Diwali is Dhan Teras; Dhan means wealth, and Teras means the thirteen day of Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Kartik in the Hindu calendar, which comes around the month of October or November. According to the legends, on the day of Dhan Teras , the physician of the god came out ocean with a pot of amrita , drink of god, which grants them immortality, during the churning of ocean by the gods and demons. This day marks the arrival of goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of Wealth. The second day of Diwali is Narak Chaturdashi , which is celebrated in defeating the demon King Narakasur, who was the ruler of Pragjyotishpur, a state to the South of Nepal. During this war, the king defeated Lord Indra, god of storm, rainfall, and snatched away precious earrings of Mother Goddess, and imprisoned sixteen thousand daughters of gods and saints. On this day, Lord Krishna, eighth avatar of the god Vishnu, killed the king, released the imprisoned daughters, and got back the earrings of the Mother Goddess. The third day of Diwali is Diwali, the celebration of Lord Rama, seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu, returning to home, Ayodhya, after living 14 years in jungle with his
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wife, and brother to fulfill his father's instructions. In the jungle, his wife was kidnapped by the King of Lanka. So, Lord Rama attacked him, and killed him, released his wife. On the day of returning, it was new moon night. So, people lighted diyas, oil lamps, and celebrate the returning of Lord Rama. The
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This note was uploaded on 08/10/2011 for the course ENGL 1102 (M) taught by Professor Spencer during the Spring '07 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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