Here is wishing everybody a great Deepavali. For us , the festival is on Friday. This year , we are going to spend the Deepavali with cousins , which promises to be a wonderful fun time spent together. But the idea of walking out in the streets with rockets and flowerpots bursting overhead doesn't sound too good !
This morning , I lit the earthern lamps at 5:00 am. A visit to the temple is the norm , but the heavy rains made sure that I went back to sleep after lighting the lamps.
Since childhood , we have been hearing the story of how Goddess Chamundi slayed the evil Asura(Rakshasa) Mahishasura on Deepavali day. We even have a very rythmic shlokam (vedic chant) praising and bowing to Mahishasura Mardini ( killer of Mahishasura ). I love this shlokam, and it was one among the first that we were taught by our grandmother.
Tuesday is a holiday , thanks to Ramzan. So, I'll be off for a long weekend - 4 days ( yeah ! I have to apply for leave on Monday , but still that is fine :) )
The below was done with MS Paint last evening at office.
I dont think the folks here would be able to light the crackers and celebrate. It has been raining non-stop since yesterday evening. When we got out of office yesterday , we were surprised to hear a loud sound . It was the sound of the rain falling on the sheets above our office. Our office is in a building , that is built like a qwuadrangle. The terrace is open. To avoid rain water and the sun hitting the offices hard , a beautiful , slightly transparent fibre glass dome shaped sheet covering the terrace. Even the slightest rain falling on this sheet makes a loud sound. But this time , it sounded like the sea waves. When we went out to the entrance of the building , we were stunned ... the rain had created a wall of non visibility in front of us. All that we could make of the next building ( which was just a couple of metres away from us ) was the light beams thrown off from the office rooms ... It was beautiful ...... The buildings that we were so accustomed to seeing had all disappered. The only indication of their existence were the light beams. And all of a sudden , the thunderbolts started ... They were amazing. The spark of energy and the mettalic colours. Would have definitely stayed on to watch, if it hadnt been a question of my safety. I wonder how the drivers managed to drive back. The visibility was an all time low , and the thunderbolts crashed through the sky.
It is still raining !
Hopefully, the rain would dampen my cousins' plans !
Here's wishing everybody a great Deepavali.
But, please do be careful with the crackers and fire !