The Thursday Post 6.12.12

Deepawali in north India is celebrated as the day when Sriramchandra returned to his capital Ayodhya and the whole city decked up in lights; he was welcomed with sweets and crackers were burst in joy. That tradition continues.

Sriramchandra was the elder-most son of King of Ayodhya, Dasharatha, but his stepmother Kaikeyee procured a boon from her husband and made her own son the king and Sriramchandra was exiled with the condition to live like a sage in forest for 14 years. His wife and doting brother Laxman followed him. During his stay in forest he insulted Demon King Ravana’s sister, he in turn kidnapped Sita. Ram rescued her after long war and death of Ravana, he returned to Ayodhya on Deepawali with Sita and Laxman.

In my province Bengal its Kalipuja, the puja of Warrior Goddess Makali- but at present they have adapted the north Indian style of deepawali- crackers, sweets, lights- the only difference is north Indians worship malakshmi on this day and Bengalis worship Makali.

The puja starts at mid-night and continues almost up-to dawn.

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6 thoughts on “The Thursday Post 6.12.12

  1. It seems like you have a lot of holidays and special days there. Not that that’s a bad thing by any means. πŸ™‚ In Canada we have only a few religious holidays (Christmas, Easter and a few smaller ones) but maybe 6-7 civic holidays.

    • i am talking about only hindu ones, just think about all the religions of india and then you will realize how full of life this country is. πŸ™‚
      there are atleast seven or eight prime religions in india, then there are other religions, regions… ha!

      i think that atleast 200 days in every year holds some value in this sense in India.

      • I guess you can’t celebrate them all or it would get exhausting. πŸ™‚ In the Catholic church, every day is at least one saint’s day, but usually people only pick one or two to honor. I think, anyway.

      • glad to know that πŸ™‚
        there are lots of saints in christianity, i will one day love to read their stories. i know the names of very few but dont know their importance, st nicholas, valentine, gabriel are the first three that popped in my mind.

        i on my part celebrate only one festival physically that is bhaiphonta- it falls right after dipawali and this day sisters celebrate their brothers. others have gone to the psychological sphere, if you see me during those you will think that i dont celebrate them but i do, through others and through spiritually bonding with the deity related to that festival.

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