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Diwali - Deepavali Greetings 2011 Indian Celebration Diwali Pictures Diwali Wallpaper

Happy Deepavali / Diwali to all the Readers.

Diwali or Deepavali, popularly known as the "festival of lights", is celebrated between mid-October and mid-November for different reasons. For Hindus, Diwali is one of the most important festivals of the year and is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes. For Jains, Diwali marks the attainment of moksha or nirvana by Mahavira in 527 BC.

The name "Diwali" is a contraction of "Deepavali" (Sanskrit: दीपावली Dīpāvalī), which translates into "row of lamps". Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps (diyas or dīpas) in Sanskrit: दीप) filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. During Diwali, all the celebrants wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family members and friends.

Lakshmi Puja

Deepavali marks the end of the harvest season in most of India. Farmers give thanks for the bounty of the year gone by, and pray for a good harvest for the year to come. Traditionally this marked the closing of accounts for businesses dependent on the agrarian cycle, and is the last major celebration before winter. Lakshmi symbolizes wealth and prosperity, and her blessings are invoked for a good year ahead. ...

There are two legends that associate the worship of Lakshmi on this day. According to the first legend, on this day, Lakshmi emerged from Kshira Sagar, the Ocean of Milk, during the great churning of the oceans, Samudra manthan. The second legend (more popular in western India) relates to the Vamana avatar of the big three Vishnu, the incarnation he assumed to kill the demon king Bali. On this day, Vishnu came back to his abode the Vaikuntha; so those who worship Lakshmi receive the benefit of her benevolent mood, and are blessed with mental, physical and material well-being.

As per spiritual references, on this day "Lakshmi-panchayatan" enters the Universe. Vishnu, Indra, Kubera, Gajendra and Lakshmi are elements of this "panchayatan" (a group of five). The tasks of these elements are:

Lakshmi: Divine Energy (Shakti) which provides energy to all the above activities.
Vishnu: Happiness (happiness and satisfaction)
Kubera: Wealth (generosity; one who shares wealth)
Indra: Opulence (satisfaction due to wealth)
Gajendra: Carries the wealth

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A boat house on the backwaters of Kumarakom, Kerala.

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 Kumarakom is a popular tourism destination located near the city of Kottayam in Kerala, India, famous for its backwater tourism. It is set in the backdrop of the Vembanad Lake which is the largest freshwater lake in the state of Kerala. It is 16 KM away from Kottayam City.

Boats and Kumarakom Boat Race

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Kumarakom has a wide variety of houseboats and is well known throughout the world for houseboat experience. They are used only for tourists these days. A separate boat known as Kettuvallam is used by the people to go fishing or to transport goods. Apart from these, there are elegant special boats like Kochu-odi Vallam, Odi-Vallam, Iruttukutthi Vallam, Churulan Vallam and Chundan Vallam(Snake Boat), which take part in the boat races around Onam time. The Kumarakom boat-race is conducted in the big canal in the centre near the market. There is a private sailing club in Kumarakom, located on the shore of the Vembanad lake.

Modes of access

One can access Kumarakom by many means:
  • By air: via Cochin International Airport approximately 80 kilometres (50 miles).
  • By rail: via Kottayam
  • By boat: From Muhamma (near Alappuzha) to Kumarakom Jetty.
  • By road:(16 kilometres) Buses and taxis are easily available at all times of the day from Kottayam.
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سياحية أجمل للهند معالم سياحية

The blue range of mountains that run along the western coast of India.This shot was taken in mid May from Palivasal Tea Estate in Munnar, Kerala.

Gaganachukki Falls, Mandya, Karnataka.

Vellore fort, Tamil Nadu.

Taj Mahal, Agra.

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Onam Week Celebration 2011 - Dazzling School Pangode Programme at Shangumugham Beach Stage

Anakha B.S in Thiruvathira Dance Dress on the occassion of the Onam Week Celebration 2011 at Sanghumugham Beach Stage hosted by Dazzling School of Dance & Music, Pangode, Thiruvananthapuram on 09/09/2011.

 Pooja & Sruthi in Thiruvathira Dance Dress at Shangumugham Beach, Thiruvananthapuram on the occassaion of the Onam Week Celebration 2011 hosted by Dazzling School of Music & Dance, Pangode, Thiruvananthapuram.

Adhvaith Krishna B.S in Folk Dance Dress on the occassion of  Onam Week Celebration 2011 at Sanghumugham Beach Stage, Thiruvanthapuram which was hosted by Dazzling School of Music & Dance, Pangode, Thiruvananthapuram.

Onam is a traditional ten day harvest festival that marks the homecoming of the mythical King Mahabali. It’s a festival rich in culture and heritage.

When and Where is 2011 Onam Celebrated:

Onam is celebrated in the beginning of the month of Chingam, the first month of Malayalam Calendar (Kollavarsham). Onam is celebrating all over the world where Malayalees are there.  In 2011, the most important day of Onam (known as Thiru Onam) is on September 9. Rituals commence 10 days before Thiru Onam, on Atham. There are actually four days of Onam. First Onam will be on September 8, the day before Thiru Onam, while fourth Onam will be on September 11. Onam festivities continue throughout these days.

Kerala, the God's own country, harvest festival Onam is the time for enjoyment of Kerala people. During the Onam season several celebrations are conducted in different parts of our state.  Major celebrations are conducting in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala. Onam celebrations are attracting several tourists from different parts of the world. As a result tourism industry will be gaining popularity in the world during the Onam festival. In Trivandrum / Thiruvananthapuram, the celebrations will be conducted at Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium, VJT Hall, Poojappura Maidanam, Kanakakunnu Palace , Akkulam, Sreevarahom, Theerthapada Mandapam, Shanghumugham, Aruvikkara & Vyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan etc. Some of the popular events conducted in the above places are food fest, ganamela, stage shows, trade fair, cultural programmes, light shows, floats exhibitons etc.

Onam Celebration 2011 Procession Photos


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