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Deepavali -- The Festival of Lights
Page Last Updated: May 09, 2017

Request to the Lord
...from darkness to light,
...from ignorance to knowledge,
...from death to eternal life
lead me, my master;
let thy peace pervade the universe.

-- from a Hindu prayer

Diwali or Deepavali, the festival of "rows of lights", is one of the most important of all Hindu festivals. It is believed that it was on this day that Lord Rama entered Ayodhya after fourteen years of exile. Deepavali is also celebrated as Naraka Chaturdashi, the day when the demon of darkness and dirt, Narakasura, was destroyed by Lord Krishna. The celebrations commence with a purifying oil bath and the lighting of lamps, symbolic of the spiritual light pervading the earth and the destruction of darkness and ignorance.  

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Fireworks During the Deepavali Festival
Fireworks During the Deepavali Festival
 

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Deepavali - from a North Indian Painting

 


Deepavali Festival Decoration in Rangoli

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Burning lamp design for Deepavali
A Rangoli Design for Deepavali 

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Woman with an Oil Lamp

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