Grounds of Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
On Monday, the modest dwellings around the grounds of the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir were fully lit and adorned for Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, with colourful clay lamps, battery-operated plastic lamps, and candles.
There was nothing standing in the way of the Hindu community’s celebrations because the Sindh government had previously proclaimed Monday a holiday for them in all offices, autonomous, semi-autonomous bodies, corporations, and local councils.
Each home’s entrance was also embellished with charming and vibrant rangoli decorations. Even in Zoroastrian or Parsi tradition, the act of creating rangoli is regarded as lucky. Rangoli has spiritual importance because it represents joy and vibrancy.
Wealth and Luck in Hindu Mythology
The goddess Lakshmi, who is believed to bestow wealth and luck in Hindu mythology, is welcomed with lights and decked doorways.
In actuality, Lakshmi’s birthday is commemorated by the festival of Diwali. According to Hindu traditions, she reportedly made the decision to wed Lord Vishnu, the god of preservation and the defender of the universe, on her birthday. As a result, there are two reasons to celebrate.
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Myth Connects the Diwali Festival to Lord Rama’s Triumph
Another myth connects the Diwali festival to Lord Rama’s triumph over Ravana. It is believed that after killing him, Rama went to his hometown of Ayodhaya, where the people greeted him by illuminating his return route with oil lamps.
Going back in time, the celebration also entails making halwa or other sweets at home or just purchasing them from a sweets shop to share with friends and family.
Firecrackers and Rockets Turn the Temple into Warzone
However, additional festival-related items like firecrackers and rockets turn the temple’s grounds into a war zone with land mines all everywhere. The reason they are so well-liked is unknown, but the mischievous kids adore them. They also enjoy sparklers, which are somewhat safe, but the other objects are frightening and noisy.
Therefore, on the night of Diwali, if you see anything resembling a smoking cigarette stub that has not been put out on the ground, flee as quickly as you can or cover your ears with your hands. They are not cigarette stubs; they are firecrackers. And the mischievous kids always appear to have an infinite supply because they enjoy lighting firecrackers close to your feet. You leap and shout as it goes off, and they squeal with joy and start bouncing around and clapping their hands.