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Re: Arsham 32- Festivals of India - Deepavali

From: Mani Varadarajan (mani_at_be.com)
Date: Fri Nov 05 1999 - 18:58:14 PST

Two days after Naraka Chaturdasi is known as Bali Paadyami
(prathama). This is also reckoned as part of Deepavali in
Karnataka and perhaps other regions of India.  The story
behind this is that it is believed that on this day Bali, 
the grandson of Prahlada, was pushed into the earth by the 
third step of Trivikrama.

For this reason, Deepavali is a three day event for many
in Karnataka.

ramanuja dasan,
Mani