Dipavali Benedictions to All
From the International Sanatana Dharma Society
Dipavali (or "Diwali") is one of the most important sacred festivals in the ancient religious tradition of Sanatana Dharma. It is a sacred day that is celebrated with great enthusiasm and joy by Hindus throughout the world. Dipavali is observed to celebrate the return of Lord Sri Rama (a divine avatara, or incarnation of God) to His capitol city of Ayodhya after being in exile for many years.
In order to celebrate the return of their Lord and King, the residents of Ayodhya lit millions of ghee lamps to light the way for Sri Rama's return to His kingdom, and to inaugurate the beginning of the reign of Ramarajya, or perfect Dharma Government, on earth. Thus, the power of light is always associated with this important Hindu festival. The day is celebrated with people lighting lamps in temples, homes, and public places. Sri Lakshmi Puja is also performed in the evening to seek the divine blessings of Sri Lakshmi Devi, the Goddess of Abundance and consort of Sriman Narayana.
May the blessings of Sri Rama, of Srimati Lakshmi Devi, and of Sriman Narayana be bestowed upon you, your family, and upon all sentient beings. Shubha Dipavali.
Jaya Sri Rama,
International Sanatana Dharma Society
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