Kerala is a land of festivals. Diwali or Deepavali is a five day Hindu festival which occurs on the fifteenth day of Kartika. Deepavali is popularly known as the “festival of lights” and the most significant spiritual meaning is “the awareness of the inner light”. It is said to be an important festival in Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism, that occurring between mid-October and mid-November. For Hindus, Diwali is one of the most important festivals of the year and is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes.
The Diwali or Deepavali festival marks the victory of good over evil. The Sanskrit word “Deepavali” means “an array of lights” and signifies the victory of brightness over darkness. Deepavali is the celebration of Inner Light, in particular the knowing of which outshines all darkness or removes all obstacles and dispels all ignorance. Deepavali offers love, and the awareness of the oneness of all things and higher knowledge which brings Ananda or the Inner Joy or Peace. Rangoli is associated with the festival Diwali where both depicts the presence of light in which good take over the evil.Here are some of the best rangoli designs.
Diwali has strong roots with our Indian mythology. The story behind Deepavali varies from region to region. In North India Diwali is to commemorate the returning of, Lord Shri Rama, his wife Sita and his loyal brother Laxman to Ayodhya after 14 long years of exile. In the Western India Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped and in the Southern India, people rejoice at the defeat of the demon Narakasur by Lord Krishna. The Bengalis used to celebrate Diwali to worship Goddess Durga who successfully vanquished the demon Mahisusara on the very same day thereby saving people a lot of grief.
The Diwali festival is celebrated at the end of the rainy season and the beginning of the winter season. For Farmers Diwali is a festival marking the end of one Harvest and the beginning of another and is a festival heralding the beginning of a New Year. So the festival of lighting of lamps is a way of paying obeisance to god for attainment of health, wealth, knowledge, peace, valor and fame.
* In 2011, Diwali will be celebrated on 26th October 2011
The gold rate in Kerala is rising like a dream. It’s being a boom as well as a curse to the people who goes after it and the people who does not like to go after it. Today gold has become as an important treasury to the people from the higher to the lower. When it compared to other properties gold has reached at the top without a challenge. Gold is an inevitable element for the marriages and other major functions all around India. But the rising price of gold has become an anxiety and purpose for bothering especially to the parents whose has the daughters. The culture of today is wished to have more luxurious and adapted to acquire the gold as many as they can. Beyond the rates the people of today goes for the collection of gold. To know the price rates of today this site would benefit you like anything. The changes that occurs to the variation of gold rates can be seen here.
Navratri exactly means “nine nights” is one of the best celebrated Hindu festivals in India. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil. In Kerala, Navratri signifies the starting of proper education for each child, aged between 3 -5 years. In temple during the celebration of Navratri, a separate puja will be held on all ten days. But the last three days puja has very great importance.
The last three days of concluding the puja are known as Durgashtami, mahanavami and vijayadasami. It is said that Durgashtami is the day of ayudya puja. At this day all the tools and vehicles of the home are worshipped. On the day of Durgashtami, a traditional event called Pujavaipu is performed in the evening and due to this service any effort associated to studies is kept suspended and books are reserved away. Trodden rice, roasted paddy (malar), jaggery, fruits and so on are presented to Saraswati, as worshipping the divinity of knowledge in the next day called Mahanavami. Next morning of Vijayadasami after the puja, the books and the study materials which are kept for puja are taken away from the room and this ceremony is called `Puja Eduppu’.
At the last three concluding days of Saraswati puja in Kerala, the little children are taken to the temples where they are introduced with the alphabets before the image of Goddess of knowledge and language- Saraswati. From there they are to write for the first alphabets on the sand or rice and this observance of enlightenment of the child is known as `Ezhuthinu Iruthu’ or ‘Vidyarambham’. All the kids are prepared to stand in a line. The head priest tells the children to stick out their tongues, on which he writes ‘Shri’, using a gold ring. Every child has to bring a thali of rice from home, on which the parents, holding the finger of the child, help him write ‘Harishri Ganpati Namaye’. A child can start reading and writing only after this ceremony.
Navratri Festival 2011- September 28, 2011 to October 5, 2011