Maintaining the sanctity of auspicious festivals and culture is the environment that I have grown into. Since my childhood days, my mother, a religious woman, taught me the roots of our religion and traditions. Be it Deepawali or Makar sakranti, we unite and celebrate all the festivals with great enthusiasm.
Unlike other Hindu families, I was taught that Deepawali also symbolizes the empowerment of women. Most of you must be surprised with this belief (as for us it just denotes victory of good over evil). Being a woman of ethics and disciplines, my mother’s beliefs have always been a bit unique. She believed that there is a deeper meaning to this festival, which signifies the strength and the power of women.
And why not, when the festival is incomplete without The Lakshmi Pujan. The devotees worship Goddess Lakshmi for blessings.
I always wondered why my mother chooses to sleep with the doors and windows opened, to which she mentioned, “As the Goddess Lakshmi is a messenger of prosperity, we welcome her on this propitious night. The Diwali night is a “no moon night”, and on this no moon night, the Goddess Lakshmi was born. The candles that we lit is an aide to the Goddess who travels at night with her owl.”
Our culture has always taught us to respect and love the womankind. The essence and vibrancy of our festivals give the message of adoring everyone and eradicate the unwanted evils from the society.
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