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legends associated with deepawali

‘Legends’ associated with Deepawali

A ROW OF LIGHTS…

Legends: A non-historical or unverifiable story handed down by tradition from earlier times and popularly accepted as historical.

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‘Legends’ associated with Deepawali

A ROW OF LIGHTS…

Legends: A ‘non-historical’ or ‘unverifiable’ story handed down by tradition from earlier times and ‘popularly’ accepted as historical.

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THE METAPHOR OF LIGHT

Astoma Sad GamayaTamso Ma JyotirgamayaMrityorma Amritam Gamaya

Lead us from UNREALITY TO REALITYLead us from DARKNESS TO LIGHT Lead us from DEATH TO IMMORTALITY

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‘Legends’ associated with Deepawali

THE NIRVANA OF MAHAVIRA

THE THREE STEPS OF VISHNU

THE END OF NARAKASURA

THE RETURN OF RAM

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‘Legends’ associated with Deepawali

THE NIRVANA OF MAHAVIRA

THE THREE STEPS OF VISHNU

THE END OF NARAKASURA

THE RETURN OF RAM

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ASSOCIATION OF DIWALI WITH THE VAMANA LEGEND

  • RETURN OF MAHABALI TO HIS KINGDOM
  • People of Kerela celebrate the return of the virtuous king back to earth once an year.
  • LIGHT AS KNOWLEDGE
  • Vishnu gives the lamp of knowledge to Bali, who returns every year on Diwali to spread the light.
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‘Legends’ associated with Deepawali

THE NIRVANA OF MAHAVIRA

THE THREE STEPS OF VISHNU

THE END OF NARAKASURA

THE RETURN OF RAM

nirvana of vardhamana mahavira
Nirvana of Vardhamana Mahavira

Thus people in Bharata every year celebrate "Dipalikaya", to reverently worship the Jinendra on the occasion of his nirvana

("Harivamsha-Purana“, Shaka Samvat 705)

lord mahavira 599 527bc
Lord Mahavira (599-527BC)

The birth to Queen Trishala and King Siddhartha

(15th Century Painting)

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Lord Mahavira (599-527BC)

The joys of life

The birth

His marriage…

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Lord Mahavira (599-527BC)

The joys of life

The birth

His marriage…

…to a teacher of men

to an example for times to come
…to an Example for times to come…

Nonviolence, Truthfulness, Non-stealing, Chastity, Non-possession/Non-attachment

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‘Legends’ associated with Deepawali

THE NIRVANA OF MAHAVIRA

THE THREE STEPS OF VISHNU

THE END OF NARAKASURA

THE RETURN OF RAM

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ESTABLISHMENT OF ‘RAM-RAJYA’

What is Ram-Rajya?

What is its significance?

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ESTABLISHMENT OF ‘RAM-RAJYA’

Friends have repeatedly challenged me to define independence. At the risk of repetition, I must say that independence of my dream means Rama-rajya i.e.,

the Kingdom of God on earth.

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RAM RAJYA

By Ram-Rajya, I do not mean Hindu Raj.

I mean by Ramarajya Divine Raj, the Kingdom of God. For me Rama and Rahim are one and the same deity. I acknowledge no other God but the one God of truth and righteousness.

My Hinduism teaches me to respect all religions. In this lies the secret of Ramarajya.

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‘Legends’ associated

with Deepawali

‘A non-historical or unverifiable story handed down by tradition from earlier times and popularly accepted as historical.’

Whether Rama of my imagination ever lived or not on this earth, the ancient ideal of Ramarajya is undoubtedly one of true democracy in which the meanest citizen could be sure of swift justice without an elaborate and costly procedure. Even the dog is described by the poet to have received justice under Ramarajya.

– M. K. Gandhi

happy deepawali

Happy Deepawali

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