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Diwali 2016

Deepavali or Diwali is one of the biggest festivals in Sanatan Dharma which, comes exactly twenty days after Dussehra. Deepavali means a continuous line of lamps (‘Deep’ means light, and ‘avali’ means a continuous line). Thus, this is the time to celebrate with brightness.

This festival is regarded as a celebration of life and also an occasion to strengthen family and social relationships. This day marks the last day of the Sanatan Dharma Calendar year.

 

Why Festival of Lights?

It is known as such due to the ways of its observance. The festival is celebrated with activities like holding dazzling fireworks displays, lighting rows of candles and earthen lamps around individual homes.
What happened during Diwali?

In the Era of Tretayug, Lord Ramachandra was sent into exile for 14 years by the orders of His father, Dasharath. Whilst in exile the evil demon king of Lanka, Ravana abducted Devi Sita with deceit. The Lord became victorious by annihilating him on Vijaya Dashmi. The people of Ayodhya longed for His return and when He did, they celebrated the homecoming by brightening their homes with earthen lamps and decorated the entire city in the grandest manner celebrating victory of good over evil in the honour of their king.

Sharad Poonam

Sharad Poonam is an auspicious day when the moon is the closest to the earth in the year. Devotees celebrate by performing Rasa Dance and Singing Devotional Songs to the accompaniment of musical instruments. An offering of Dudh Pawa (rice in thick milk) is served to the Lord on this special day and Devotees enjoy the remnants (Prasada)

On this day, Lord Shree Krushna performed the divine dance (Rasa Leela) with the Gopis in Vrundavana. The discourse for this pastime can be found in Shreemad Bhagwatam – Raas Panchaadhyay Katha Canto 10 (29-33).

Lord Shree Swaminarayan also performed the Divine Rasa in Panchaala in Jina Bhais Darbaar, which Acharya Viharilalji Maharaj has described in a Kirtan He has composed.