Festival of Lights

Although mainly thought of as a Hindu celebration Diwali is very important for the Sikh faith. The first foundations of the Golden Temple at Amritsar were laid on Diwali in1577. It is also at this time that the sixth Sikh Guru Hargobind Sahib was released from captivity by the Mughul Emperor Jahengir along with 52 Indian Kings and returned to Amritsar. For Hindus, Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Clay lamps are lit and kept on during the night and houses are cleaned in order to make the goddess Lakshmi feel welcome. Fireworks are let off to frighten away evil spirits.

Although mainly thought of as a Hindu celebration Diwali is very important for the Sikh faith. The first foundations of the Golden Temple at Amritsar were laid on Diwali in1577. It is also at this time that the sixth Sikh Guru Hargobind Sahib was released from captivity by the Mughul Emperor Jahengir along with 52 Indian Kings and returned to Amritsar.
For Hindus, Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Clay lamps are lit and kept on during the night and houses are cleaned in order to make the goddess Lakshmi feel welcome. Fireworks are let off to frighten away evil spirits.

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28 thoughts on “Festival of Lights

    1. Thanks I really appreciate your comment :)
      I love candles – like most people I guess. When I was a kid we used to have power cuts a lot and so my mum always used to have lots of candles ready in the house. It was always a bit disappointing when the power came back on though. The candles made the house look so nice!

  1. Really like these photos Peter. Without you, I probably never would have seen this celebration being celebrated, as I’m not sure I’d get the opportunity. So, thank you :)

  2. Beautiful photos and angles, Pete! I especially love the one with the parents and the little boy. The expressions on all of their faces is so natural and priceless. You really have a knack for capturing these special moments :)

    1. Janice my old friend! (well in WP land at least :) I love to see people smile and get the chance to catch it forever! The family in this picture saw it and were really pleased to be able to send a link to it back to their family in India who haven’t yet met their son. I am really pleased that I can facilitate that in some way. They are really nice people.

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