Dargahs and Gurudwaras illuminated along with the Temples on Diwali

Deepavali or Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, is one of the grandest and biggest festivals of India that celebrates the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness, and wisdom over ignorance.

At a time when divisive forces are working to shred the secular fabric of the country, a celebration of the festival of Diwali at Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya’s Dargah, a shrine in Delhi, is the quintessence of harmony. Driven by these sentiments, the Dargah has embodied communal harmony on Diwali. 

Muslims, Sikhs, and Christians came together to celebrate this Hindu festival, cutting through the shackles of religious barriers. Non-Muslim followers of Khwaja Nizamuddin Auliya have been lighting diyas at the dargah for Diwali for years. As one devotee perfectly sums up the feeling – ‘Hindus and Muslims together are lighting diyas here to promote national unity’.  

Religious festivals are not all about exclusive celebrations by particular communities. This thought reflects well in Mirza Ghalib’s humorous message that he gave on the pretext of distributing sweets for Diwali. On being questioned for eating Diwali sweets being a Muslim, Mirza Ghalib, a prominent poet in 17th century Delhi, asks – “Do sweets also belong to different castes and religions?” 

India is home to a wide variety of cultures and religions. Thus, how can the biggest festival in the country be untouched by this diversity? Gurudwaras across the country celebrate Diwali with a very pleasant atmosphere. There is nothing quite like the soothing sound of Gurbani and the powerful light of the lamps to dispel all sorts of darkness in society and in our hearts. The temple of Kedarnath, adorned with flowers, seems to be proudly proclaiming that Indian culture also preserves numerous kinds of flowers in its garden. Flowers in glorious variety whose fragrance spreads throughout the world.

This is what makes India unique and gives it its identity. Regardless of whether there are tikas on the forehead, or turbans and caps on the head, holding candles and diyas in the hand kills every kind of hatred that exists in people’s hearts.

In India, we live by the principle of mutual respect. People of India have sewn together what was torn apart by politics, conflict, and bloodshed, by celebrating Deepavali together, thus illustrating the syncretic culture of the country.

 

[The content has been provided by the Voices of Peace team in India. The views expressed are their own.]