essence of diwali, eco friendly

Diwali (deepavali), festival of lights is alignment of lights in a queue

It’s a 5-day festival celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Janis, some Buddhists; it is official holiday in India, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Mauritius, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Fiji, and Suriname.

For Hindus it’s the day when Narakasur was killed by Lord Sri Krishna (Satyabhama), Bali chakravarthi is earthed by Lord vaman, Lord SriRama came back to ayodhya.Krishna lifted Govardhana giri, wins over Indra. Indians perform Lakshmi puja and begins new financial year.

For Sikhs, Diwali is particularly important because it celebrates the release from prison of the sixth guru, Guru Hargobind Ji; Martyrdom of the elderly Sikh scholar and strategist Bhai Mani Singh who transcribed the final version of Guru Granth Sahib; formation of Khalsa, established by the Tenth Guru Guru Gobind Singh

In Jainism, Diwali marks the attainment of moksha by Mahavira in 527 BC

The most significant spiritual meaning is “the awareness of the inner light” (Atma/Soul)

The 5day festival is like 1st day cow n calf r worshiped 2nd day is Jayanti of God Dhanvantri 3rd day is Lakshmi Puja 4th day is Bali Pratipada and Govardhan Puja 5th day is Bhaiduj (also Bhayyaduj, Bhaubeej or Bhayitika) on this day, brothers and sisters meet to express love and affection for each other.

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These affect people in different ways as follows;

•           Copper: Causes irritation in the respiratory tract, which leads to respiratory ailments.

•           Cadmium: Reduces the oxygen carrying capacity of blood, leading to anaemia. It also causes kidney damage.

•           Lead: Lead in the body has a harmful effect on the nervous system.

•           Magnesium: Magnesium fumes cause a condition known as metal fume fever. This is a fever accompanied by a metallic taste in the mouth.

•           Zinc: Also causes metal fume fever. In addition, it also induces vomiting.

•           Sodium: Sodium is a highly reactive element. It combines with moisture in the air and on the skin, causing burns.

These toxic substances are not just harmful to human beings, but to all living creatures. They tend to remain in the atmosphere for extended periods. So their harmful effects are experienced long after Diwali celebrations are ended. (Though little favor might be done in name of killing micro organisms and insects in beginning of winter…here human existence itself is a question mark then where necessity of killing micro organisms comes)

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It’s the festival of lights, not of crackers. Using of oil lamps is traditional, it puts off after a span of time but using electrical lights increases load enormously and it will keep glowing until we remember to switch off.

Instead of wasting money merely on crackers, which is very unpleasant to old, children, heart and asthma patents, we can invest them in buying books or clothes to poor children. Donating the same amount costs about their weekly food expenditure.

Try to spare a moment at old age homes, orphanages.

Don’t use crackers more than 125 decibel and stop celebrations before 12pm which otherwise may cost other mans’ next day. Prefer light works than crackers.

This money wastage can be reduced in other ways like celebrating this as a group at a community hall increases sprit of brotherhoodness which is real essence of Hindu festivals which in turn reduces no of crackers lit

VenkataDatta cares about you. Gurudeva datta

Hindu mythology says “loka samastha sukino bhavanthu” let all the worlds lives in prosperity

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