Paying respects to the gods,
And decorating for them the Thali,
This is what the occasion is all about,
This is the spirit of Deepavali……
The deepawali of new times is quite different what we saw in our childhood. Deepawali goes Hi-Tech. The markets are full of designer Diwali accessories.
Stylish lamps, Diyas, candles, Puja items, everything is changed.
Diyas with candle embedded in it, sweets have changed into gift hampers of namkeens and bhujiyas, Lakshmi Pathakas to Chinease pathaka...OOH the inturders have come into our festivals too..
Rewinding my old memories only for you :-
The tales by our grandparents for Diwali were:-
· If there has been a quarrel in the house, light a diya in the room while holding the intent of bringing back peace and balance.
Light a diya if there has been an illness in the house and you will see for yourself how the vibrations of frustration, pain and depression that often go with illnesses evaporate.
· It is highly recommended that you light a diya in a room where hard drinks are served. It is believed that the energies of liquor are depressants.
Lighting a diya the day after a party cleanses psychic debris effectively.
· It is widely believed, even after Diwali is over, lighting aggarbattis or dhoop daily in all the rooms and not just the pooja room helps the vibration of your house remain healthy.
Diwali means light and festivity, so do up the living room in bright, cheery colours like red, orange, pink and yellow. This also enhances the space by making it look bigger.
Use a glossy, shiny fabric for your cushion covers and curtains. They will automatically reflect the glow of the diyas and candles you light and make the room look warm.
Corners that feel empty can be decorated with small rangolis and flowers.
For me, Diwali is about health, wealth and prosperity and I am thankful to God that I have a great deal to look upon.