"Pray to God on this beautiful occasion of Diwali to give us
light, to give us understanding, so that we may know what pleaseth thee, and
may all prosper by the Grace."
A state, whose name is synonymous with exuberance, prosperity and an
intense passion for life, Punjab or 'Panj Aab' literally meaning five
rivers, is, as it were, the very heart of the country. The lightening of
lamps on festival of Diwali is a way of paying obeisance to god for
attainment of peace, love, wealth, health and knowledge. And on Diwali
festival night people worship God and Goddesses and place Diyas (earthen
lamps) in the home, in verandahs, courtyards, and gardens, as well on outer
walls and on rooftops. It is time for Pooja and tradition and also time for
fun and revelry.
In Punjab, Diwali Festival is the time for everyone to rejoice, looking
forward to a bright future. Enthusiastically enjoyed by people of every
religion, it's magical and radiant touch creates an atmosphere of joy and
festivity. Diwali, festival of lights, symbolizes the victory of
righteousness and lifting of spiritual darkness. The preparations of Diwali
begin well in advance. People start decorating their homes, preparing
sweets, thousand of lamps are lit to create a world of fantasy. Each house
entrance is made colorful with lovely traditional motifs of "Rangoli"
designs to welcome Laxmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity.
In villages cattle are adorned and worshiped by farmers as they form the
main source of their income. In the south, cows are offered special
veneration as they supposed to be the incarnation of goddess Laxmi and
therefore, they are adorned and worshiped on this day. In Punjab, winter
crops are sown and the day following Diwali is celebrated as Tikka. On Tikka
day, with saffron paste and rice, sisters place an auspicious mark on their
brother's forehead, gesturing to ward off all harms from her brother.
Diwali is also the anniversary of Guru Hargobind ji being released from the
prison at Gwalior Fort. In was on this day in 1619 A D. Diwali of Amritsar
was out-of-the-world. Today, the entire Golden Temple is illuminated with
traditional lamps of different colors during Diwali. The reflection of the
temple in the shimmering water of the holy pool binds the eye, to the
many-a-splendored pageant. Fire works display by the traditional
professionals recreates the glory of the times gone past.