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Diwali celebration Sunday 3 November 2013 at Soar Valley College
Diwali & New Year celebrations in Leicester have always been special, and this year was no exception.

We started with multi-faith prayers, vedam chanting and then some beautiful bhajans which were appropriate for the Festival of Lights! Great vibrations and lovely atmosphere!

Nareshbhai then talked about the Diwali festival and its significance in the various regions of India -the festival celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance, although the actual legends that go with the festival are different in different parts of India:

  • In northern India and elsewhere, Diwali celebrates Rama's return from fourteen years of exile to Ayodhya after the defeat of Ravana and his subsequent coronation as king;
  • In Gujarat, the festival honours Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth;
  • In Nepal Diwali commemorates the victory of Lord Krishna over the demon king Narakaasura;
  • In Bengal, it is associated with the goddess Kali.

In most parts of India Hindus will leave the windows and doors of their houses open so that Lakshmi can come in. Rangoli are drawn on the floors - rangoli are patterns and the most popular subject is the lotus flower.

This was followed by offering of refreshments which were enjoyed by all!



Here are some pictures from the day:

Devotees 2244 Entrance Altar 2237 Rangoli 2242 Entrance Altar 2236
Entrance altar

Pratibhaben 2255 Nareshbhai 2259 Nareshbhai 2257 Aarti 2247
Aarti 2250 Aarti 2253    
Nareshbhai talking about significance of Diwali festival

Devotees 2278 Devotees 2260 Devotees 2261 Devotees 2263
Devotees enjoying refreshments.......


Devotees 2277 Devotees 2294 Devotees 2286 Devotees 2288
Devotees 2289 Devotees 2265 Devotees 2292 Devotees 2290
Devotees 2299 Devotees 2297 Devotees 2318 Devotees 2310
Devotees 2311 Devotees 2302 Devotees 2300 Devotees 2316
Devotees 2324 Friends 2313    
Volunteers 2283 Volunteers 2267 Volunteers 2291 Volunteers 2305
Some of the volunteers.....




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