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Arsham 32- Festivals of India - Deepavali

From: Sadagopan (
Date: Fri Nov 05 1999 - 18:43:30 PST

>Subject: Arsham 32- Festivals of India - Deepavali

Dear BhakthAs: Dr.V.V.Parthasarathy works in the Medical
Field in Coimbatore . He posts frequently on topics of 
general interest .I am enclosing his recent posting  
on DipAvaLi festival that he sent to me .
You might also enjoy reading it.
Best wishes for  a happy DipAvaLi,
>ARSHAM 032 - Festivals of India - DEEPAVALI
>This day celebrates the destruction of the demon Narakasura by Lord
>Krishna.It also commemorates the return of Lord Rama to Ayodya after his
>victory over Ravana, the demon King of Lanka. It is believed that
>Goddess Lakshmi appeared on this day during the churning  of the milky
>ocean by the Devas and Asuras. This day is celebrated in the month of
>Karthika( October- November),on the fourteenth day of the dark
>forthnight, as well as on the following new moon night.
>At dawn of the new moon day,people take a ceremonial oil bath known as
>Gangasnanam. They wear new clothes and seek the blessings of elders.
>Every home is decorated with earthern lamps which are lit before dawn
>and after dusk. This day is celebrated with sweets and fireworks. The
>business community invoke the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi on this day.
>This festival also marks the commencement, at which time businesses open
>fresh accounts. In North India, the day after Diwali is called Bhaiya
>Dij. On this day,sisters apply vermillon on the foreheads of their
>borthers and pray for them.In turn , the borthers give them gifts or
>This removal of Darkness by light symbolises the annihilation of
>ignorance within us by knowledge. It also symbolifies the triumph of
>Good over evil.
>May Lord Krishna bless you and your family with happiness and