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Friday, November 9, 2018

Sri Manavala Mamunigal Uthsavam ~ Diwali celebrations globally !

Swami ManavalaMamunigal day 5 : Grand Deepavalipurappadu 2018
~ and celebrations globally !!

Harshil is a cantonment area situated at a height of 7,860 feet close to the India-China border in Uttarkashi district.
Celebrations at Wadala Mumbai – Daily

Deepavali ‘the festival of lights’ is always enchanting – an occasion to wear new clothes, eat sweets, burst crackers, be with friends and relatives, visit and respect elders  – a festivity which brings enjoyment, pervades happiness all through …. – the festival was grandly celebrated all over the country – in our parts on 6th Nov 2018, a day later in some other places.   In the recent years, there has been some attempt to wean away people as some keep saying that ‘enthusiasm towards fireworks is going down; spiralling prices have forced people to buy less of firecrackers;  the pollution awareness is swaying public away from crackers and the like……….’.   this year the Apex Court judgment was the talking point !

6th Nov 2018 was day 5 of Swami Manavala Mamunigal Uthsavam and Deepavali too.  At Thiruvallikkeni divyadesam, there was mangalasasanam in the morning, Thiruppavai & Muthal ayiram sarrumurai – grand veethi purappadu of Acaryar Mamunigal with Sri Parthasarathi and late in the night Thiruvaimozhi sarrumurai.  More on this in a separate post.
Sri Modiji at Kedarnath temple 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Harsil near the India-China border in Uttarakhand and celebrated  Diwali with army and ITBP personnel on Wednesday.  Greeting the jawans on the occasion, the prime minister said their devotion to duty in the remote icy heights, is enabling the strength of the nation, and securing the future and the dreams of 125 crore Indians.  The prime minister recalled that he has been visiting soldiers on Diwali ever since he was the chief minister of Gujarat. He also spoke of his interactions with the jawans of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), years ago when he was part of the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.
 Modiji visiting and celebrating Deepavali with jawans at Harshil Cantonment

The northern Indian city of Ayodhya managed to break a Guinness World Record on6.11.2018  by lighting 300,150 earthen lamps and keeping them burning for at least 45 minutes on the banks of the river Sarayu as part of the annual celebration of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.South Korean first lady Kim Jung-sook attended the record-breaking event  alongside Shri Yogi Adityanath, the CM of Uttar Pradesh.  Her presence was significant because of a Korean legend that a princess from Ayodhya travelled to Korea and married a king, becoming a Korean queen in the year 48 AD.
 Child celebrates in Pak and Rangoli at Guwahati (daily mail UK)

In Malaysia, at Kualalampur, the  excitement of the Deepavali celebration was felt nationwide when Hindu devotees took the opportunity to leave their homes since early morning to perform their religious rituals at temples in their respective areas. Among the major temples focused on was the Sri Mahamariamman Temple in JalanTun HS Lee, which was filled with devotees as early as 7am. In Klang, the Sri Nagara Thandayuthapani Temple was the focus of Hindu devotees in the district to pray with their family members.Devotees gathered at the Pilliyar Kovil in Annipandi, Batticaloa engaging in religious observances in celebration of Deepavali. 
Emirates Air - mithai truck 

Spreading the festive cheer in UAE, Emirates Airlines celebrated Diwali by surprising people in Dubai with a special Mithai  (sweets) truck on the eve of the festival of lights. Distributing special Indian sweets and desserts at Dubai’s famous Bollywood Parks and City Walks, the UAE-based airline’s crew took everyone by surprise. Not only did the staff give out traditional Indian sweets, air hostesses of the airline even danced to peppy Bollywood numbers, entertaining the crowd. Emirates will be offering passengers special Diwali treats across all classes on all flights from Dubai to India from 7 November to 10 November 2018 to celebrate the grand festival. While customers travelling in Economy class can enjoy “Motichoo rLadoos with all hot tray meals”, passengers travelling in “Business and First Class passengers can also enjoy Anjeer Chakkar” the company added.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, took to Twitter to wish a Happy Diwali to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and to all those celebrating the festival in the UAE and all over the world.
Hail the spirit of Deepavali.. ..  all over the globe

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
8th Nov 2o18.

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