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Vishnu Prakash
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Hi folks

It is Diwali time in INDIA. In less a week we will be celebrating the greatest festival of our nation. Come join and enjoy the festive with sweets and crackers.

To tell why Indians celebrate this festival a little of history lesson will be useful. The day of slaying of RAVANA by LORD RAMA(VISHNU) is celebrated as Diwali. To learn more about this you have to study the Great INDIAN epic "RAMAYANA".

Cheers and Happy Diwali


[ October 25, 2005: Message edited by: Vishnu Prakash ]

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Hu Jiabao
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Happy Diwali to every Indian.
You people make sweets and give it to everybody who comes to your house? Am I right and then burn the fire crackers while eating the sweets?


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Mani Ram
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Sometimes the sweets we get are so horrible that we end up firing the sweets and eating the crackers!


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Sameer Jamal
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Originally posted by Mani Ram:
Sometimes the sweets we get are so horrible that we end up firing the sweets and eating the crackers!


Chetan Parekh
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Happy Diwali To All
[ October 25, 2005: Message edited by: Chetan Parekh ]

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Manish Hatwalne
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Originally posted by Vishnu Prakash:
To tell why Indians celebrate this festival a little of history lesson will be useful. The day of slaying of RAVANA by LORD RAMA(Krishna) is celebrated as Diwali. To learn more about this you have to study the Great INDIAN epic "RAMAYANA".

Cheers and Happy Diwali



A small correction -- even if myths are to be believed, Lord Rama was Vishnu's avtaar, and not associated with Krishna. Visnu, you should know man!

- Manish
Manish Hatwalne
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Oh..Happy Diwali!!!
Vishnu Prakash
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Nice Pictures Chetan. Sorry Manish I will correct it.
Nila dhan
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Hi all,
A very happy diwali..
R K Singh
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Originally posted by Manish Hatwalne:


Isnt it Krishna also avtaar of Vishnu

Happy Diwali to all .. but isnt it too early.. Diwali is on 1st Nov.


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Sameer Jamal
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Happy
"Deepawali" isnt this the right word
Sameer Jamal
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Originally posted by R K Singh:


Isnt it Krishna also avtaar of Vishnu

Happy Diwali to all .. but isnt it too early.. Diwali is on 1st Nov.


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so this is the right time to say happy deepwali
Pradeep bhatt
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Originally posted by Sameer Jamal:
Happy
"Deepawali" isnt this the right word


Deepavali or Deepawali or Diwali - all are same.


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Mani Ram
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Originally posted by Vishnu Prakash:

To tell why Indians celebrate this festival a little of history lesson will be useful. The day of slaying of RAVANA by LORD RAMA(VISHNU) is celebrated as Diwali. To learn more about this you have to study the Great INDIAN epic "RAMAYANA".


Many people from South celebrate Deepavali for a different reason - slaying of Narakasura by Krishna. You can read 'Krishna Purana" or "Mahabharatha" to know more
Pradeep bhatt
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The day of slaying of RAVANA by LORD RAMA(VISHNU) is celebrated as Diwali.


Isn't that VijayDashmi ?
Pradeep bhatt
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http://www.swaminarayan.org/festivals/vijayadashmi/
Pradeep bhatt
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Diwali celebrates Rama's homecoming, that is his return to Ayodhya after the defeat of Ravana


It is not the day when Ravana gets killed.
Manish Hatwalne
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Originally posted by Mani Ram:


Many people from South celebrate Deepavali for a different reason - slaying of Narakasura by Krishna. You can read 'Krishna Purana" or "Mahabharatha" to know more


Actually, everyday has different significance. What you're talking about is "narak-chaturdashi", Bhai-duj or bhau-beej is actually yama-dwitiya (second day after blue-moon which is laxmi pooja) and is celebrated as brother-sister festival. I think there must be some link explaning significance and reasons for each day of Diwali. Again, different regios have their own stories....it's quite interesting to know such things aout India. Slowly an outsider *might* start realizing that inherent diversity of India is far too intricate to comprehend if you do not really belong to India. Anyway!!! I am already looking forward to holidays.....it's been a mad race.

- Manish
Pradeep bhatt
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http://www.diwalifestival.org/legends-of-diwali.html
Ankit Paranjape
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According to puranas (Hindu Mythology), slaying of Rawana (A demon,King of Lanka, who was a great Pundit, highly learned but still evil dominated his mind.) is celebrated as Vijaya Dashmi (Dasara).
Since the war between Lord Ram(A great warrior King of Ayodya) and Rawana was lasted for 10 days and on 10th day Rawana was killed.That�s the reason Vijaya (Victory) Dashmi (10th day). Even today as a custom Rawana�s statue is burnt on Dasara.

It is said that Ram and company took approx 20 days (that is the approx time gap between Dasara and Diwali) to reach to Ayodya from Lanka .. and the day was Amavasya (new moon ,dark night).. People in Ayodya welcomed Ram by lighting rows of clay lamps. Even today, during Diwali period, people lights DIWA (clay lamps) out side their house. Diwali always falls during dark nights. It is the fourteenth lunar day (thithi) of the dark forthnight of the month of Kartik.


Dipawali was first celebrated in during Ramayan.It continued in the period of Mahabharat and even today (Kaliyug). This grand style of celebration have continued, year after year.
It is said that , people were very scared about Narakaasur (a demon) and could not celebrate DIWALI. Lord Krishna killed Narkaasur and then only villagers could celebrate DIWALI.


In Maharashtra and most of the Indian states (other than the southern part of India) celebrates Diwali for five days.(state wise it could be celebrated differently)

The first day of Diwali is called Dhan Theras.
The second day of Diwali is called Narak Chaturdasi.
The third day of Diwali is the actual Diwali. This is the day when worship for Mother Lakshmi is performed. It is the dark forthnight of the month of Kartik.
The fourth day of Diwali, Govardhan puja / Bali pratipada is performed.
The fifth day of the diwali is called Bhau beej. It is a day dedicated to sisters.
It is a special occasion amongst brothers and sisters and is observed as a symbol of love and affection.


Wish you All A very very Happy Diwali !!!
I�m far away from home. Home made Anarase, Karnjya , chaklya , Chivada and many more will be missed.
Chetan Parekh
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Diwali Celebration in Gujarat
  • First Day: Dhanteras, Dhan Teyras
  • Second Day: Kali Choudas
  • Third Day: Chopda Pujan, Deva Divali, Badhausar
  • Fourth Day: Bestavarsh, Gudi Padava, Muharat Pujan
  • Fifth Day: Bhaubeej, Bhathru Dwithiya
  • Related Festival: Labh Pancham, Agyaras, Wagh Baras

  • In Gujarat, Diwali is associated mostly with the worship of Lakshmi - the goddess of wealth. It is believed that Lakshmi on this day emerges to bring prosperity to the world. Lakshmi puja in Gujarat lasts for five days, which starts with Dhanteras. The fourth day, or the day of Govardhan Puja is Gujrati's New Year's Day. Lakshmi is believed to visit the homes that are well lit. So, families decorate their houses with light, flowers and paper chains.

    The markets of Gujarat liven up almost a whole month in advance for Diwali shoppers; from Jewelery; clothes; sweets; gift articles; shoes; etc to fire crackers; every thing is in demand and plentiful in supply. It's a mad frenzy of shopping everywhere, in the days leading up to the festival.

    Gujaratis start celebrations on the night before Diwali by creating designs - usually depicting nature or the gods - from natural powder colors in verandas. These are called "rangoli" and are supposed to welcome Goddess Lakshmi to the house. In a way they are a means of competition and pride amongst their creators. Also, small footprints are drawn with rice flour and vermilion powder all over the houses.

    On Diwali day the clothes worn are usually Jhabba (kurta)-dhotis or Jhabba-legengas for the men, while the women are in saris. A visit to the temple is customary. The day is spent preparing food and sweets. Shops are open, but business comes to a halt on Dhanteras, two days before Diwali, and doesn't resume until Labh Pancham, the fifth day of the new year. For traders and businessmen, this is the time for a vacation. Diwali evening is celebrated by lighting up streets and markets, and bursting crackers.

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  • ankur rathi
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    I heartly wishes you all for DIWALI...

    Hope we all will eat a lot and enjoy a lot...

    Arjunkumar Shastry
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    Wish you very happy Diwali.



    Namma Suvarna Karnataka
    R K Parulekar
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    May this Diwali bring lots of happiness & peace of mind to the entire world.
    Hope for no more hurricane , no more tsunami , no more earth quakes , no more floods and no more killing of innocents �

    Wish you all a very very happy Diwali !


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    bhuvan sundar
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    Wish you all a safe,fun-filled,happy deepavali!!
    Srinivasa Raghavan
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    Wish you all a safe and happy Diwali.


    Thanks & regards, Srini
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    Anupam Sinha
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    Wishing you all a great and a very happy DIWALI.
    Ashish Uniyal
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    Happy Diwali!!!


    Aapko Is Deepawali Mein

    Chandragupt Ki Shakti
    Meerabai Ki Bhakti
    Rajchandra Ka Gyan
    Karan Ka Daan
    Einstein Ki Buddhi
    Nobel Prize Ki Siddhi
    Gandhi Ki Ahimsa
    India Ki Parampara
    Vajpayee Ki Maryada
    Nizaam Ki Sampatti
    Michael Jordan Ki Salary
    Abdul Kalam Ki Vocabulary
    Bhagat Singh Ka Deshprem
    Sweetheart Ka Amarprem
    Microsoft Ke Share
    Rupiyo Ke Dher
    Tata Ke Senses
    Ambani Ke Licenses
    Birla Ka Bangla
    Daler Ka Bhangra
    Rajnikanth Ki Style
    Madhuri Ki Smile
    Amitabh Ki Personality
    Ratan Tata Ki Popularity
    Worldtour Ka Ticket
    Tendulkar Ka Wicket
    Administrator Ke Passwords
    Jokes Ke Forwards
    Mercedez Ki Car
    Diamond Ka Haar
    Aur Logon Ka Dher Saraa Pyar Prapt Ho...
    Wish you a Happy Diwali and a Prosperous New
    year


    [ October 31, 2005: Message edited by: Ashish Uniyal ]
    Sam Francis
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    Hi Ashish


    That was great blessing indeed. Thanks a lot for that.

    Wish all the members of the group a very Grand and a very safe Diwali.


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