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Diwali: Celebration of inner light of self knowledge that dispels darkness of ignorance caused by ego, evils and vices
Diwali is a major Indian festival celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world signifying the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. The actual day of Diwali is traditionally celebrated on the third day of this five-day festival.

The most popular legend  associated with Diwali as festival of lights is that of Lord Rama and his wife Devi Sita returning to their kingdom from exile after defeating the arrogant king Ravanna of Lanka in the 15th century BC. It is treated as victory of knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair, as described in ancient Hindu scriptures.

In its truest sense, the celebration of Diwali refers to the light of spiritual knowledge dispelling all ignorance about our transcendent reality. According to Vedic philosophy, with profound awareness of soul or true-self, humans can overcome darkness of ignorance or egoistic self.

Thus, Diwali is the celebration of human potential of inner light of self knowledge that dispels darkness of ignorance caused by ego, evils and vices. And, I have tried to capture the message of Diwali in a sketch note.

In his message, President Kovind said, "On the happy and joyous occasion of Diwali, I extend warm greetings and best wishes to all fellow citizens.  The festival of Diwali celebrates the victory of light over darkness, goodness over evil and justice over injustice. On this occasion, let us initiate efforts towards illuminating the lives of all with joy and prosperity and spread the light of love and fraternity. Let us share our happiness with the needy."

He urged, "Let us resolve to celebrate Diwali in a clean and pollution free manner as well as build a healthy, prosperous and sensitive nation and society."

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