Deepavali ~ A day of celebration and joy
Sculptures are covered with camphor smoke
Deepavali ~ Festival of Lights is celebrated today 26th of October 2011 around the world with great pomp and enthusiasm. People are dressed in new clothes, thronged the temples and visited relatives and friends. Special poojas are performed at the temples.
Early morning view of Manikka Pillaiyaar temple in Bambalapitty
According to the Legends that, Lord Vishnu defeated the demon King Narakasuran, and killed him on this day. Significance of the festival is celebration of the victory of good over evil; the uplifting of spiritual darkness. The most significant spiritual meaning is “the awareness of the inner light”.
Annually this day is celebrated in late October or early November on the new moon. The day is celebrated with sweets and savouries, fire crackers, greetings and lights.
An array of fire crackers on sale in Bambalapitty for the festival
Just married couples celebrated “Thalai Theepavali” (தலைத் தீபாவளி), (first Deepavali celebrated together after marriage) with special gifts from their relatives.
Deepavali symbolises the victory of righteousness, the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and the renewal of life. It is a day of celebration and joy.
“I like to make many fresh flower garlands as the devotees keep coming. I feel blessed when my garlands are placed on gods and goddesses” shares Karuppaiah Selvarajah (31) while being busy in Bambalapitty. Karuppaiah Selvarajah (31)and Karuppaiah Selvaraj (31) are twin brothers who have been garland makers for more than 10 years in Bambalapitty. Their ten fingers move very fast through the white cotton thread to put the fresh flowers on a straight line to make the garlands
Deepavali is predominantly celebrated by the Hindus
An array of beautiful fresh flower garlands in Bambalapitty
Festivals bring joy
The essence of the festival is to rejoice in the ineer light (Athmaa)
Devotees throng the temples to earn eternal blessings
Garland makers in Bambalapitty are busy to meet today's demand
Devotees at Maanikka Pillaiyaar temple in Bambalapitty
"Today's demand for the fresh flower garlands is very high due to the festival. I have been standing for 7 hours to make them quickly" shares Karuppaiah Selvaraj (31)with a smile. Karuppaiah Selvaraj (31) and Karuppaiah Selvarajah (31)are twin brothers who have been garland makers for more than 10 years in Bambalapitty. Their ten fingers move very fast through the white cotton thread to put the fresh flowers on a straight line to make the garlands
Morning rush on a festival day in Bambalapitty
Home made sweets served for Deepavali
Freshly cut banana leaves for sale in Bambalapitty on a festival day