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“Celebrating Deepavali helps to reinforce the conviction that everyone should cleanse their minds of impure thoughts and work towards attaining the human goal of salvation” Sri Sakthi Amma.
Two days ago we celebrated the wonderful festival of Deepavali – the Festival of Lights. Deepavali means row of lights and signifies the destruction of evil and welcoming good into our lives. It reminds us that we need to live harmoniously with nature and give back to humanity through service.
In South India it is only celebrated for a day but in other parts of the country it is celebrated for a longer period.
We celebrated the festival here at Sri Puram with a special ceremony which involved the lighting of 10008 oil lamps.
We purchased a lamp ticket (as shown above) for 10 rupees. You could purchase as many as you like. Upon lighting the lamp you offer prayers for your family and friends.
It was a captivating event with the tiny lamps generating a huge amount of heat. They were arranged in a star shape. After all the lamps were lit Amma walked around the lamps and blessed all present.
“Whenever the culture is alive good habits are undisputed and followed. Hence, when society dwells in good habits, it lives happily, harmoniously and peacefully. ” Sri Sakthi Amma