Known as the "Festival of Lights," Diwali symbolises the victory of good over evil, and lamps are lit as a sign of celebration and hope for mankind. It is also called as Deepavali (Deepasya Aavali - Row of Lamp, Deep - Lamp, Aavali - Row). Just a few moments before writing this sentence we, Baba and myself, were discussing about this when he said the following. Like a little lamp lightens its little surrundings, a row of little lamps lightens a larger surroundings. Similarly an human being can lighten his surroundings whereas an organised act - metaphor to numerous lamps organised in rows - can enlighten the universe.
The cause for celebration, as an utsav, crosses the boundaries of region and religion. So dear visitor, I, on behalf of myself and my family and my circle of friends, wish you and your dear ones a very happy deepavali. May the coming year bring prosperity to your life.
Those in IIT Madras campus should not forget to participate Deepotsav 2006 on 21st evening.