Diwali celebrations

Diwali or, more appropriately, Deepawali (from Sanskrit, literally meaning a row of lighted “diyas” – clay lamps) is also popularly referred to as the “Festival of Lights”.  It is an important and popular Hindu festival and, thanks to the ever-increasing Indian diaspora, is now celebrated internationally with a lot of pomp and show (and noise, …

Celebrating belief

This weekend, Hindus around the world are celebrating “Krishna Janmashtami” (the birth of Lord Krishna, an incarnate of Vishnu, Supreme Being and a deity venerated as the “Preserver” in Hindu Trinity (“Trimurti”) that includes Brahma (Creator) and Shiva (Destroyer). Krishna was born during a period of chaos in the region around present day Mathura (Uttar …