Submitted by ub on Sun, 10/30/2016 - 14:05

Happy #Diwali to our CITY IMAGES friends celebrating a victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance.

Diwali or Deepavali is one of the most prominent and famous Hindu festivals of India. In Sanskrit, word ‘Deepavali’ means “rows of lights” so this festival is also known as “Festival of Lights”. Diwali festival starts with Dhanteras, followed by small Diwali and then main Diwali.

People of all religions enjoy this festival by making vibrant rangolis, lighting lamps 'Diyas', distributing sweets, exchanging gifts between friends and relatives and burning crackers.

Deepavali or Diwali is the biggest Hindu festivals celebrated on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna Paksha of the Hindu calendar month of Ashwin each year. October 30, 2016

The festival is celebrated with great fervor and joy as it marks the victory of good over evil, after the vanquishing of King Ravana of Lanka at the hands of Lord Rama and the return of the Suryavanshi King Lord Rama to his Ayodhya! Fables say that originally when the trio had returned to Ayodhya, the people of Ayodhya had lit the entire state with lamps to welcome their Lord’s visit after 14 years exile. It was like a long awaited end to a sad tale and the beginning of a new era of happiness and peace.