Divali: Hindu festival of lights

Today is Divali, the festival of lights and marks the beginning of the new year in the Hindu Lunar calendar. It celebrates the return of Lord Rama to his home in Ayodhya. It is also the feast day of Mother Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. Lord Ganesh is also honoured, as the deva of wisdom and the remover of all obstacles. Lots of savoury food, sweets will be eaten, and lighting of deyas will take place today. It represents the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance.

I remember this mantra from when I was a child and I had no idea what it meant, so i searched it. I know it is special for Lakshmi prayers. It goes like this:

Om, Siddhi buddhi prade devi
Bhakti mukti pradayini
Mantra moorte sada devi
Maha Lakshmi Namoostute

You are the giver of the powers and the wisdom
You bestow both devotion and liberation
You are the form of the mantra,
O Maha Lakshmi, I salute You

The message of divali is that good and truth will always prevail. It’s a lovely message. These are one of the fond memories of my childhood.

divali greetings

Shubh Divali.

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~ by louella001 on October 26, 2011.

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