Diwali is the festival that brings good luck to all. But, of late, this festival poses problems for the environment all over India due to the careless attitude of the people and their frenzy to explode all sorts of crackers. The toxic gas generated when a fire cracker is burnt is polluting our environment to a great extent. Birds and animals suffer due to the high level of noise. It is high time that we should address to this serious issue. It is the responsibility of all concerned to maintain and create a better and safe society for ourselves.
Taking a step further in the direction of Environment Conservation, DIVYA JYOTI JAGRATI SANSTHAN (DJJS), celebrated eco-friendly “GREEN DIWALI” at its Nurmahal Ashram (Dist. Jalandhar - Punjab) People in thousands participated in this event. Instead of using the cheap plastic lights, the entire Ashram was decorated with 50,000 earthen wares and diyas. Entrance was rendered colorful with lovely traditional motifs of rangoli designs. With zero-electricity usage, the festival was celebrated in the traditional eco-friendly way. Ganesh-Lakshmi-Puja was performed in the evening and tiny diyas were lighted to drive away the evil spirits. Devotional songs in praise of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Laxmi were sung and prasadam of traditional sweets was offered to the Lord Almighty and then distributed amongst the masses.
Thus, away from the noise and pollution of crackers, Diwali was celebrated in completely traditional style. The light of numerous diyas was a unique method to spread the light both in and outside the hearts of masses. Through this peaceful and spiritual event, DJJS encourages others also to celebrate an environmentally safe and secured Diwali. We are grown up on the lap of the wonderful Nature and are blessed with the gifts of her benevolence. It is our primary and most important duty to understand the significance and spirit of the traditional Diwali celebrations. Diwali is a sacred festival. Let is make it secure as well!