Kali Puja and Diwali 2015


Rangoli for Diwali 2015
Tonight is Kali Puja and tomorrow is the festival of lights, Diwali. This is the most important Indian festival, celebrated with fireworks, exchange of sweets and the lighting of lamps across the subcontinent.

Hindus and Tibetan Buddhists consider the universal energy that pulsates through the cosmos, beginning with the big bang, to be a feminine principle. They worship this cosmic energy in the form of a Goddess called Shakti who has many forms, some benign, others terrible.

Kali is the anthropomorphic symbol of the primordial energy that sustains the universe. She is the dark manifestation of Shakti and legend has it she was evoked by divine beings to fight the terrible demons that had overtaken the three worlds. She is worshipped on a new moon night in autumn.

This year Kali Puja was performed on the night of 10 November, and on Diwali, the next day, Hindus will worship the benign aspect of same the Goddess called Lakshmi, who bestows wealth and good fortune.

Our house all lit up

Lamps will be lit, houses will have their doors open and floors will be painted with colourful patterns to welcome the Goddess Lakshmi.

I have been rushed off my feet the last couple of weeks buying and changing lights in our house, working with a plumber to fix numerous plumbing problems, including a bizarre one caused by mischievous monkeys on the roof who twice brought down an air escape pipe.

Then there was of course all the shopping to do, getting presents for everyone and the enjoyable task of selecting a good Bourbon for the celebrations.

I am rather pleased with myself having changed almost a dozen room lights, some of which had shorted and died, with bright new Led fixtures. The main water pipes from the overhead tank have new valves and we just got our piped gas connection.

Woodworking has had to take a rest although I have been slipping away to chop the odd mortise or two. Hopefully we will have something ready soon. Till them a Happy Diwali to all and a special thanks for all of you who visited and left thank you messages during the year.

Indranil Banerjie
10 November 2015

Candles and Lamps

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  1. Diwali is my favorite festival. It brings amazing energy to fix every thing in the house. We are still under colouring and painting phase but completed all those tasks which were left incomplete. Beautiful rangoli and nice lighting. A very Happy Diwali to you and all your readers and fellow Diyers.

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    1. Thanks Kishore. Hope to see something new from you soon!

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