Friday, 26 November 2010

Guwahatians to recall Gokulananda

Courtesy: The Sentinel (November 25, 2010)

By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Nov 25: Litteraturs, intellectuals, academicians, politicians and others of the Bishnupriya Manipuri community will assemble at Radhamadhab Sebashram at Maligaon in Guwahati on November 26 to commemorate alternative media mogul Gokulananda Geetiswami on the occasion of his 115th birthday. Organized by the Brihattar Guwahati Geetiswami Gokulananda Singha Janma Jayanti Utjapan Samiti (BGGGSJJUS) under the aegis of the Bishnupriya Manipuri Writers’ Forum (BMWF), the day will be observed with day-long programmes, including a seminar on the life and philosophy of Geetiswami Gokulananda Singha at 10 am.
Alternative media mogul Geetiswami Gokulananda Singha was born on November 26, 1896 and died on July 10, 1962. During his about 67-year span of life, Geetiswami Gokulananda made many an impossible task in the filed of social awakening and development possible through alternative media since there had been a mainstream vacuum in the Bishnupriya Manipuri community in yestercenturies. Geetiswami successfully broke the barriers of media vacuum with the help of alternative media as a padkirtanist.
According to BGGGSJJUS secretary Narendra Kumar Sinha and BMWF president DILS Lakshmindra Sinha, the seminar to be presided over by Advocate Bimalesh Sinha will have Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council (BMDC) Chairman and MLA Kartiksena Sinha as the chief guest, BMDC Deputy Chairman Banabir Sinha, Dr Smriti Kumar Sinha of Tezpur University, poet Nanigopal Sinha of Haflong, poet Mera Thakur, poet (Hindi) KC Jain, senior journalist Soumen Bharatiya, social worker Shanti Kumar Sinha, social worker Anil Singha Gautam and Hamren SP Pratap Sinha as the guests of honour. The speakers at the seminar are Chandra Kanta Sinha (Singla), Shibendra Sinha (Haflong), Shankha Sinha, Sandhya Sinha and others. BMWF president DILS Lakshmindra Sinha will deliver the welcome address before the lunch break at 2 pm.
It will be followed by a programme to felicitate senior citizens. The programme to be held at 3 pm will be presided over by Shyamakanta Sinha and poet Sashi Kumar Sinha. It will be followed by a cultural nite to be inaugurated at 3.30 pm by litterateur Biresh Ranjan Sinha. The artistes are singer Gautam Sinha, singer Bina Sinha, dance guru Bibhul Sinha, singer Shyam Kumar Sinha, singer Rupali Sinha, Chandrika Rajkumari, dancer Saini Sinha and dancer Sukanya Sinha.
Earlier in the day, the flag will be hoisted at 9 am by social worker Dhansena Sinha and floral tribute will be paid to Geetiswami Gokulananda by social worker Suhkajyoti Sinha at 9.30 am.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Geetiswami Birth Anniversary Celebrated in Guwahati


By Pratibha Sinha, Guwahati

The 114th Birth Anniversary (Janma Jayanti) of Geetiswami Gokulananda, the noted social reformer of the Bishnupriya Manipuri community, was celebrated on 21st November, 2010 (Sunday) at Shilpagram Auditorium (near Kalakhetra), Panjabari, Guwahati. Gokulananda was born on 26th November, 1886 in a village called Madhavpur of Bhanugachh in Bhanubil, Bangladesh. As informed by the Geetiswami Gokulananda Janma Jayanti Udjapan Committee, though the birthday of Gokulananda falls on 26th November but due to some unavoidable circumstances they decided to celebrate the birth anniversary of Geetiswami on 21st November, 2010, one week ahead in the memory of the great soul and the invaluable services rendered by Geetiswami for the society.

The celebration started with a welcome song by Gautam Sinha and his team. Sushil Kumar Sinha, President of the Committee welcomed everyone and gave his valuable speech highlighting on the life sketch of Geetiswami. Other chief speakers who spoke on the occasion were Hemkanti Sinha, Jogendra Kumar Sinha, Prof. Kamini Sinha, Dr. Smriti Kumar Sinha, Uday Sinha/Secretary General of Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha, Rebati Mohan Sinha(Mumbai), Madhusudan Sinha. Col. Bijay Sinha as Working President and Ravi Sinha as General Secretary of the committee also spoke on the occasion and smoothly hosted the programme.

On this day Jogendra Kumar Sinha was honoured with the “GEETISWAMI AWARD” for his life time achievement in the field of social service and literary work, the honour was given by Hemkanti Sinha on behalf of the Udjapon Committee. He was born on 11 October, 1940 at village Machughat. His literary works are in the form of about 23 books written in Bishnupriya Manipuri on various subjects and other articles, poems, stories etc in various magazines. He has been in the service of the society since 1967 in various capacities in the Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Sahitya Parishad, Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Sanskriti Parishad, Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha and Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Bhashagyan Pariksha Parishad. At present, he is the President of Sri Sri Bhubaneswar Sadhuthakur Sevashram of Silchar. He was an educationist by profession and retired from service in the year 1983. His contributions in other fields are exemplary.

Three other personnels Jyoti Prakash Sinha(for social service and literary works) from Silchar, Col. Bijay Sinha(for literary works and social service) and Chandrakanti Sinha(for cultural, composing lyrics, singing and social service) were honoured with the “NINGOR KHUTTOL” (Gift of Honour) by DILs Debojyoti Sinha(Mumbai) on behalf of DILS Association for their dedicated contributions in the said fields.

Meritorious students were also awarded with the certificate of appreciation, trophy and cash prizes for their outstanding performance in the academic session of 2009-10.

Three books written in Bishnupriya Manipuri named “JANGAL MAHAL”-collection of stories written by Jyoti Prakash, “MAATNEI MANUR YAKNAPA NEI” – collection of satirical stories written by Rasaraj and “LAKSHMI DEVIR PANCHALI” – hymns composed by Shashanka Sinha were released by Uday Sinha, Secretary General of Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha. SMARANIKA 2010 – a souvenir was also released on the occasion.

On the occasion, a registered socio welfare non-government society named “MEINGAL” formed in March, 2010 at Guwahati released the website of the society as Mihir Sinha, Vice Chairman of the society announced for “MEINGAL Scholarship-2010” to award with one-time scholarship of Rs.5000/- to the students from Bishnupriya Manipuri Community who have passed HSLC Board Exam-2010 with 60% and above. The Scholarship will be awarded to one student only from each district of Assam (Kamrup, Cachar, Karimganj & Hailkandi districts only) and one from Meghalaya State. Details are available on the website. Sanjib Sinha, Secretary General and Krishna Kanta Sinha, General Secretary(Organising) were also present on the occasion. Bijit Sarma is the Chairman and Santosh Sinha is Vice Chairman of Meingal.

Mihir Sinha on behalf of MEINGAL also announced the release of another website named BM Books Gallery Online (Bishnupriya Manipuri Sahitya Sangraha) - designed & compiled by Pratibha Sinha. MEINGAL is promoting the site as one of the project activity of the society with extending necessary supports required. The website is a web-based collection of Bishnupriya Manipuri literary works done where information of books published by Bishnupriya Manipuri writers in different years and on various subjects are available.

Other attractions on the occasion were cultural programme performed by different artists from the city and outside. Numbers of people from Guwahati participated in the programme to celebrate the day wholeheartedly.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Sadhu Thakur birth anniversary at Hailakandi

Courtesy: The Assam Tribune (November 16, 2010)
The 141st birth anniversary of Sri Sri Bhubaneswar Sadhu Thakur, the foremost saint of Bishnupriya Manipuri community was observed at Sri Sri Bhubaneswar Sadhu Thakur Sevashram in Hailakandi with a two-day programme.

A meeting on the life and ideals of Sadhu Thakur was held under the chairmanship of the president of the Sevashram, Lal Mohan Sinha and was addressed by Barun Kumar Sinha, Ruhidas Sinha, Nishi Kanta Sinha among others. All the speakers highlighted the various activities of Sadhu Thakur for the upliftment of Bishnupriya Manipuri community. They also urged the people of the community to follow the ideals of Sadhu Thakur. The meeting informed the release of Rs 50,000 from the MLA’s LAD Fund of Karticksena Sinha, the lone MLA of Bishnupriya Manipuri community from Patherkandi, for the development of the Sevashram.

A cultural procession was also taken out on the occasion on the main streets of Hailakandi town with the portrait of Sadhu Thakur. Various other programmes including culturalprogramme, worshiping of Sadhu Thakur etc were also held on the occasion.

Monday, 15 November 2010

Let Geetiswami's Teaching Drives the Development Council

(an offering to Gokulananda Geetiswami on his 114th birth anniversary)
By Rebati Mohan Sinha
As social beings, these are moments for us to celebrate and in celebrating such anniversary we have not only carried on tradition; but also found out a way to commit ourselves to a cause. Gokulananda Geetiswami spent his entire life in propagating the  message of  Bishnupriya Manipuri community`s well-being through his writings, composing songs and dramas, where he even acted himself. He was a wandering minstrel. He saw the future through his mind`s eye. His vision will  continue to inspire us to reach the coveted milestone. Today, on his 114th birth anniversary, let us pledge to make ourselves much bigger focused and better diversified, conglomerate with the help of  Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council that community can be proud of.
Recent years, we have seen that the over all rural development in the country is very negligible, specially in Assam. Therefore, the Govt. of Assam, under the Constitution of India, declared decentralization of power by granting Backward Community and Tribe, Autonomous/Development Councils, starting with the creation of Boroland Territorial Council in 1993, Raba Hasong, Mishing, Tiwa Council in 1995, Deur, Sonowal Kachari, Thengal Kachari Autonomous Councils in 2005. However a lone autonomous council Karbianglong, the largest hill district of Assam was given autonomy long back.
On last 25th March 2010, there was an announcement in the floor of the house that the Govt. of Assam has agreed on principle to form separate social, economic Development Councils and one of these are BM Development Council. We must be very much cleared in our minds that Economic Development must be aimed at multiplying in effect the form of cumulating, addition to income, employment, capital formation technical know-how, optimum utilization of resources etc. but not merely depending on Govt. grants.
The state Govt. would provide an amount, to be decided every year on population ratio basis, as grant in aid in installments to the BM DC for executing development works. In addition, the council will be paid suitable amount of plan and non-plan funds to cover the office expenses and salaries of staff if working under council`s control. BM DC authority shall prepare a plan with the amount likely to be available for development work, both under state and central share, covering any or all activities of the departments under their control. Govt of Assam will provide necessary one time financial assistance for development of administrative infrastructure in the newly created Headquarters.

The state Government of Assam vide Gazette notification No. TAD/BC/63/2010/9dated 2nd July, has notified the council as BM DC and which will be consisting of satellite areas of village councils, constituted with people living there. The constitution/act/modalities to run the council has to be formulated by a ministerial committee in consultation with stake holders ie .representatives of various registered BM organizations like NBMM, Sahitya Sabha and Samaj Sanstha etc. The Govt. will by an order published in the official Gazette, determine the territorial limit of the constitution into  which the village area or the council area shall be determined for the purpose of holding election of the council of members.

The Govt.of Assam will provide funds and other resources to the council in  accordance with  the appropriate formula, to be worked out, keeping in mind the resources of Govt. priorities on development works in other areas. Fund allocation will be a political tug of war in near future for our BMDC.

It is no doubt that the Mahasabha played a critical role in making this happen. And it is nice to be part of an effort that has transformed images across the Bishnupriya Manipuri society. I feel a sense of happiness and joy, a sense of pride and gratefulness that we have been able to achieve what we been longing for. Like any proud member of Mahasabha (NBMM), I am filled with pride that our great community is getting ready to work for the Development Council which is symbolic of our community`s honour.

Bishnupriya Manipuri is a society of immensely constructive, progressive and cultured people with rich heritage and the recent declaration of BM DC has drawn state wide admiration. As such, the whole state today looks upon us with respect and hope. And at the same time we should have desire to work for the well-being of the society. A burning desire is the starting point of all accomplishment. Just like a small fire can not give more heat, a weak desire can not produce great result.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Bhubaneswar Sadhuthakur Abirbhav Tithi Mahotsav Celebrated at Maligoan


Pratibha Sinha, Guwahati

141st Abirbhav Tithi Mahotsav of Sri Sri Bhubaneswar Sadhuthakur was celebrated with full gaiety and in traditional manner on 07th November, 2010 and 08th November, 2010 at Sri Sri Radhamadhav Sevashram, Maligaon, Guwahati.

The programme started on 07.11.2010 at 04.30 p.m with flag hoisting followed by Sandhya Aratis and Adivaas Kirtan(at 09:30 pm). Next day on 08.11.2011 early morning at 05:30 a.m, the programme started with Mangal Aratis, lighting of 141 earthen lamps and discussion on the life sketch of Sri Sri Sadhuthakur. At 10:00 am, Rash Kirtan started which continued till 05:00 pm. The chief artists participated in the Rash Kirtan were “Isalpaas” – Sri Anjan Sinha from Dullabcherra (Karimganj District), Shri Kul Chandra Sinha from Pratapgarh, Patharkandi, Shri Prahlad Sinha from Bamunimaidan (Guwahati) and in “Dakulas” (Drumist) were Shri Shyamol Sinha from Fetipaat(Dullabcherra), Shri Basanta Sinha from Guwahati accompanied by other Kirtanis. People from Guwahati and outside Guwahati gathered in the occasion in large numbers.

On the same day in the city, the Abirbhav Tithi Mahotsav of Sri Sri Bhubaneswar Sadhuthakur was also celebrated at Christianbasti (Malthep) followed by a cultural programme.

Celebration of 114th Geetiswami Gokulananda Birth Anniversary on 21 Nov 10 at Guwahati

Pratibha Sinha, Guwahati

Geetiswami Gokulananda Janma Jayanti Udjapan Committee of Guwahati, Assam, is going to celebrate the 114th Birth Anniversary (Janma Jayanti) of Geetiswami Gokulananda, the noted poet, playwright and social reformer of the Bishnupriya Manipuri Community on 21st November, 2010 (Sunday) at Shilpagram Auditorium (near Kalakhetra), Panjabari, Guwahati.

Like every year, the Committee will be observing the day commemorating the life and contribution of Geetiswami Gokulananda for the upliftment of the community. On the occasion, the “Geetiswami Award” for the year 2010 will be conferred to Shri Jogendra Kr. Sinha, the noted educationist and social activist of the Bishnupriya Manipuri Community. Meritorious students will also be felicitated on the occasion. Cultural programme will be presented by artists from different areas of the city. The programme will start at 10:00 hrs and conclude at 19:30 hrs.

Sushil kumar Sinha, President; Col. Bijoy Sinha, Working President, Asutosh Sinha(Ravi), General Secretary and other members of the Geetiswami Gokulananda Janma Jayanti Udjapon committee, Guwahati invites all Bishnupriya Manipuri masses from every corner of the country to make the celebration a grand success by attending the programme.

Programme details is as under:

Bishnupriya Manipuris recall Sadhuthaukur

Courtesy: The Sentinel (November 9, 2010)

By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Nov 9: The Bishnupriya Manipuris of Guwahati remembered Sri Sri Bhubaneswar Sadhuthakur on his 141st birth anniversary with various programmes. While Manipuri Krishtikendra, Bishnumandir, Christian Basti remembered the great man with Mangalarti, Nagar Kirtan, Bhagawat Path and a discussion on his life and philosophy, Radhamadhab Sebashram, Maligaon observed the day with a Rasakirtan among various other programmes. In the programme at Christian Basti, Krishtikendra president Manindra Sinha, litterateurs Sushil Sinha and DILS Lakshmindra Sinha, Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha secretary general Uday Sinha and others delivered detailed lectures on the life and philosophy of Sadhuthakur. The programme was anchored by inaugural committee president Uttam Sinha.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Sadhuthakur Utsav in Mumbai

The Birth Anniversary of Shri Shri Bhubaneswar Sadhuthakur to be held at New Airport Colony, Vile Parle (E), Mumbai on 07/11/2010.

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Sadhubaba Utsav in Kolkata

“Bishnupriya Manipuri Awakening Society”, Kolkata, is organizing the 141st Shri Shri Bhubaneswar Sadhu Thakur Aabirbhav Tithi Mahotsav on 7th November 2010, Sunday. The organizing committee welcomes all Bishnupriya Manipuris residing in Kolkata and nearby places, to be a part of the auspicious occasion.

Venue details:
Rainagar Community Hall
Naktala Usha Bus Stop (Near Masterda Surjasen Metro Station)


10 A. M.

Please contact the following persons for any query
Nirmal Sinha: +91 9830006166
Anindya Kanti Sinha ( Rajat ): +91 9830557325

Everyone is requested to pass on the message to every Bishnupriya Manipuri who you think might be willing to join and witness something special in Kolkata this time round.

Nungpang (A poem) by Ranjit Sinha

Nungpang (A poem)
By Ranjit Sinha (Itanagar)

Uruk hanat ghor na sengosi
‘Development council’
Meithome hirigam
Ahigit chouhatpa hiram
Kurang thiel Emar laam ?
Hinchapar mayat thoi chelpa
“Development Council”
Eoukoro mourtau nang
Nailete chaitou chang
Oyaou thak dikarat, pargana, leki gang !
Kangala patar hridi phariya hopon habi jonger
Hage thaya Gokuk Kouwai laje dore nonger

Thursday, 4 November 2010

The Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council (Part vii)

A review of past events

By Rebati Mohan Sinha, Mumbai

There is a reasonable space and role for everybody who is working in the social field, but it is also important that we understand that politics of social responsibility can not be left to the whims and fancy of certain individual.

Since last one month we have been washing our dirty linen in public on BM Development Council because we see things not the way they are; but the way we are. It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable. Social accountability is a very crucial to organizations in general and NGOs like Mahasabha in particular.

On this Mahalaya day, the Sep. 7th, I would like to mention here that thoughts of ‘I’ and ‘mine’ continuously reverberate within us. This is attachment, and from attachment comes possessiveness in thoughts such as ‘I did it’ or ‘this belongs to me’ ......such sentiments distance us from our core(soul) and attachment and innumerable egoistic tendencies like acquisitiveness, competitiveness, envy, anger fear and animosity bombard us. Today this qualities are depicted as demons in Mahamaya. We must get rid of all these ills.

Let me reproduce few selected lines of news items published on Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council(BMDC) in last three consecutive days, 26th, 28th and 30th September in Sentinel for readers to give reasons which may be quite beneficial to the society at large and Mahasabha in particular. Here are the brief news.

Sentinel, Silchar Sept 26.

“Chances of Kartiksena Sinha, the controversial MLA from Patherkandi becoming Chairman of proposed BM DC was very bleak, hinted Urban Development Minister Dinesh Prasad Goala. Soueces said, Dinesh Prasad Goala had suggested the name of Dr. Deben Sinha, president NBMM, the apex body of Community.

The source also said, Mahasabha(NBMM) after consultation with two Ministers, Dinesh Prasad Goala and Gautam Roy as well as Siddique Ahmed had proposed the name of leading representative from their community to be inducted in the council.”

Sentinel, Guwahati Sep 28.

“ Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha(NBMM) and Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Sahitya Parisad have come down heavily on Assam Urban Development Minister Dinesh Prasad Goala for interfering in Mahasabha`s internal matter on the issue of the proposed BM DC.”

“NBMM had proposed the name of MLA Kartiksena Sinha as the chair person of the council through a resolution passed unanimously. Mahasabha has not changed this decision till date. NBMM vice president Anil Sinhga Gautam said in another press release that in its executive meeting the NBMM had unanimously decided to project lone MLA of the BM society......”
Sentinel, Silchar Sep 30.

“ NBMM disown statement by DILS Sinha and Sinhga Gautam.”
NBMM Secretary General Uday Sinha today said, the comment made by DILS Sinha and Gautam were their personal and not of the NBMSP and NBMM.”

On the name of Mahasabha(NBMM) we have read three different version from three sources on three different dates. Not only Secretary General of Mahasabha disowned the news item published on Sep 28th but was also silent on news published on Sep 26th. What does it mean? It means Sep. 26th news item was accepted by Mahasabha. If the Secretary General disowned Sep.28th statement given by Vice President, NBMM, can we presume that the former is superior to later? And has the former had an attempt to clarify from the later before going to the press? It means, there are plenty of communication gaps among the office bearers of NBMM. In other wards organization structure is very weak for which so many contradictory statements are appearing in news papers. This is not a good sign on any organization. It will bring disgrace later, tomorrow or day after.

Let us discuss this news item published on Sep.26th which had been silently accepted by Secretary General, NBMM that Mahasabha had a consultation with two Ministers. Now the question may arise, who were persons deputed to, rather authorized to consult with these Ministers? And in which Central Executive body meeting, this decision was taken? Sources said there was no such meeting held after July 4th. Then who had gone and met Ministers without the nod from Central Executive Body? It may be noted, no matter how prominent a person`s status in a society or a top ranking office bearer, he can not be above the board and give statement in press at his whims and fancy. The important part of it, the day of this news broke in Sentinel, the second in command of Mahasabha was asked, whether he new of such development, he blatantly denied and also reiterated that there was no Executive Body Meeting held in recent times. If some one sums up the news of these three days 26th,28th and 30th, definitely he would be out of track i.e. which is the correct news he will not be able to choose.

The Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council (Part-vi)

By Rebati Mohan Sinha, Mumbai

Since last fortnight there are people from our B.M. community never missed a chance to wash one’s dirty linen in public. We should not only cry for Development Council, we must develop our mindset also that brings happiness to all. We must develop an immunity to negative criticism. Make the best of every situation and remember, all times are not the same , ups and downs are part of life. Look for the positive in every person and in every situation. One must take the criticism graciously and evaluate, if it makes sense,then accept and implement. Always thank other person for criticizing in constructive manner. One of the deepest desire of human beings is the desire to be appreciated. We should not forget it.

Everyday, as a new scam breaks out whether in sports, politics, business, health care, in education and public distribution system, I watch their disappointment. The cities, once adored, are now owned by builders, criminals, extortionists and politicians, who are often all three. People we once looked down for their lack of scruples are the new icons in a world where all art, music, sports in fact all achievements are measured in terms of who earns how much, a fact that is gleefully plastered across all media. What we once shunned is admired. What we once disapproved are now the ideals of a new society being built up on the premise that whatever makes money is good. Wealth is the new measure of a person’s place in a society. Can we deny it?

The unity forms the crux of a community, integral to the very essence of the word, because you can`t have community that is disjoined and divided and still try to pass of as collective spirit. Love thy neighbors, celebrate their success just as you would grief for their failures. This is what we are taught for, to believe, to do because it creates harmony and balance and makes us better individual, who can then go on to create more wholesome communities; but what happens, when your fellow community member outruns you in the race or outnumber you at the bank, where does the unity go then? I believe it is time for a manual to be produced for social workers who have annoying and debilitating habit of doing just the opposite of what is preached. We have all the wrong responses and reactions at a time when all we need to do is to provide unconditional support.

Sadhu Thakur Aabirbhav Tithi Mahotsav in Bangalore

Bangalore Bishnupriya manipuris are organizing the 141st Shri Shri Bhubaneswar Sadhu Thakur Aabirbhav Tithi Mahotsav on the 21th of November, Sunday. We, the organizing committee, Bishnupriya Manipuri, Bangalore, welcome all Bishnupriyas residing in Bangalore and beyond, to be a part of the auspicious occasion.

Venue details-
Sri Krishna Temple
Sri Edneer Mutt
# 137, 1st Cross, 5th Block, Koramangala, B'lore- 95
(Before Jyoti Nivas College Lane, Infosys)

Please contact the following numbers for any queries
Mrinal Sinha - 09886219539
Ramakanta Sinha (Bhanu)- 09886325081
Pratim Sinha (Himu)- 09738173615
Pannalal Sinha- 09986580570
Sushanta Sinha- 09972933131

For highlights of the program and timing, watch out this space for more, we'll keep you posted on the days to come.

Please be there to witness the grand occasion.

*Request everyone to pass on the message to anyone/everyone who you think might be willing to join and witness something special in Bangalore this time around.

Thank you
Organizing Committee


By Samar Sinha, Guwahati

Welcome the lights!

Ritwick Sinha
Don Bosco Sr. Sec. School,

In India, one of the most widely celebrated festivals is Diwali. The word ‘Diwali’ means ‘row of lights’! It is the festival of lights. Diwali is celebrated in the month of October/November every year. It is an exciting festival for the people of India.

During this festival, people clean and decorate their homes. At night, the temples, homes, and shops are decorated with colourful diyas, electric bulbs and candles. Children love this festival and burn fireworks. But they should be careful while doing so. People share sweets with their friends and relatives. Schools, colleges and offices remain closed on this day.

This festival is celebrated to mark the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya, after an exile of fourteen years. Lord Rama came back to Ayodhya along with his wife, Sita, and brother, Lakshmana, after defeating Ravana, the demon king of Lanka. The people of Ayodhya welcomed their Prince back and decorated the entire city with diyas. Since that day onwards, Diwali is celebrated every year in India.

There are many more reasons to celebrate this festival in India. Some people worship Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth on this day. It is also an important festival among the Jains. Wishing all of you a Happy Dipawali.
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