Nurmahal, Punjab. Ditching the energy and resource-intensive modern-day celebration of Diwali, Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan (DJJS) made a green statement by putting forth its annual gala socio-spiritual-cultural Green Diwali Event at Nurmahal Ashram, Punjab on 24th October 2022. The ashram was adorned with rangolis made with edible colours and hundred percent plastic free and recycled décor. This year, the organisation registered a world record in ‘International Book of Records’ for ‘Most diyas lighted by a social spiritual organisation’ by lighting one lakh ten thousand earthen lamps.
Diwali, the festival of lights, marks the victory of light over darkness and good over evil. However, in the flow of time, the deep socio-spiritual essence of the festival has gone missing. Reviving the deep spiritual essence of the program and espousing the idea of sustainability that brings joy to all, for over a decade now, DJJS under its Nature Conservation Program - Sanrakshan’s JAAGO CAMPAIGN has been celebrating Green and Pro-prosperous Diwali across its network of branches in India for promoting the traditional pro-environmental, cracker-free Diwali supporting the local artisans.
The said grand community event commenced with traditional Havan-yagya to purify the environment. Thereafter, Rudri Path was performed by the Brahmgyani disciples of Divya Guru Shri Ashutosh Maharaj Ji, followed by Mangal Aarti and Pujan of Gurudev. Soul-soothing devotional concert, introspective discourses, and an awe-inspiring dance-drama – ‘A conversation between Shri Hanuman and modern man’ revealing the spiritual significance of the festival, were presented.
“Diwali celebrates the homecoming of the victorious Lord Ram after defeating Ravan. It was a no-moon night (Amavasya) and Ayodhya rejoiced in the victory of light over darkness by lighting up the city with earthen lamps. The historical incidence is a deep spiritual symbol, urging mankind to realize Lord Ram within, through the Eternal Science of Self-Realisation - Brahmgyan, in order to slay the Ravan (vices) within, thus lighting up this body symbolically referred to as Ayodhya and making each day a celebration”, explained Sadhvi Sumedha Bharti Ji, disciple of Divya Guru Shri Ashutosh Maharaj Ji.
Another important highlight of the program was an enthralling traditional Punjabi dance performance ‘Jaago’, which was given a socio-spiritual rendering by the selfless volunteers of DJJS to awaken masses and steer them on the path of sustainable living.
Thousands of people of all age-groups, including dignitaries and environmental enthusiasts from in and around Punjab attended the program and expressed their appreciation and gratitude towards the organisation for organising such an enlightening and mesmerizing event. The event was also widely covered by local print and electronic media, especially highlighting its eco-friendly aspect.
The event culminated with a sapling distribution ceremony, encouraging attendees to adopt green gifting ideas for Diwali.
DJJS Sanrakshan is one of its kind Nature Conservation program working towards re-building the fading Human-Nature Relationship. Through a plethora of awareness generation activities, DJJS Nature Conservators are steering masses on the path of sustainable living. To know more about Sanrakshan, visit - www.djjs.org/sanrakshan & FOLLOW @djjssanrakshan on Instagram.