Deepavali / Diwali
Date: Tuesday 6th November 2018
- Morning: 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
- Evening: 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm
All devotees are requested to come and take blessing on the auspicious day.
- One tradition that links the festival to legends in the Hindu epic Ramayana, where Diwali is the day Lord Rama, goddess Sita, lord Lakshmana and lord Hanuman reached Ayodhya after a period in exile during which a battle fought and won against the demons and the demon king, Ravana.
- Many Hindus associate the festival with Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, and wife of Vishnu.
- The 5-day Diwali festival is stated in some popular contemporary sources as the day Goddess Lakshmi was born from Samudra manthan, the churning of the cosmic ocean of milk by the Devas (gods) and the Asuras (demons) – a Vedic legend that is also found in several Puranas such as the Padma Purana, while the night of Diwali is when Lakshmi chose and wed Vishnu. Along with Lakshmi, who is representative of Vaishnavism, Ganesha, the elephant-headed son of Parvati and Shiva of Shaivism tradition, is remembered as one who symbolises ethical beginnings and the remover of obstacles.
- Hindus of eastern India associate the festival with the goddess Durga, or her fierce avatar Kali (Shaktism), who symbolises the victory of good over evil.
- Hindus from the Braj region in northern India, parts of Assam, as well as southern Tamil and Telugu communities view Diwali as the day the god Krishna overcame and destroyed the evil demon king Narakasura, in yet another symbolic victory of knowledge and good over ignorance and evil.