The meaning of the word Deepawali is known to all - the festival of lights, but what is lesser known is the literal meaning of Deepawali - a chain of diyas. Diwali denotes the victory of good over evil, victory of righteousness over the wrong. It is celebrated in our Indian Society and even across the world, with immense enthusiasm, brotherhood, and love.
Diwali holds such great importance to all of us, be it small children to grownups to elderly people, and in the wake of this occasion, Manthan Sampoorna Vikas Kendra, an initiative of Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan - to provide holistic education to underprivileged children; celebrated Diwali to enlighten the Diya of Knowledge with great fervor and gratitude. The celebrations took place at the Anmol House, Vikas Puri, New Delhi on the 15th of October, 2017.
The auspicious day started with students chanting Vedic hymns and shlokas to build up a divine aura. This was followed by a fascinating dance performance by the tiny tots on Ganesh Vandana, invoking the blessings of Lord Ganesh, the God of Wisdom. After placing humble salutations in the feet of God, the guests lit the lamp of auspiciousness.
Adding to this chain of diyas, Manthanites presented various performances and showcased their talents in the form of dances, choirs, skits and more, to highlight the importance of Diwali. The children presented a Street Play showing the victory of good over evil marking the festival and also spread awareness on celebrating Crackers free-Eco friendly Diwali. The guests, sponsors, donors and care givers present in the event were highly delighted to see the young tots celebrating the festival with adding a meaning to it.
The event was graced with the presence of Smt. Sarita Jindal Ji, Municipal Councilor, Vikas Puri, Shri Pankaj Khanna Ji, Assistant Director, IGNOU, Smt. Dipshikha Ji, Principal, Columbia Foundation School, Shri G. S. Sethi Ji, President, Vikas Puri Welfare Association, and Shri Puneet Bajaj Ji, Owner, Kids Castle School, Vikas Puri.
The guests delivered powerful orations of motivation and talked about the significance of Diwali, along with inspiring the children to be the torchbearers on the path of light and education. A lot of praise for Manthan Sampoorna Vikas Kendra was also received, as the guests commended the initiative for their honest and selfless efforts.
The children also met their sponsors presenting them with a hand-made Thankyou Card. Diwali gifts in the form of school bags were distributed among the children by the sponsors and donors.
Sadhvi Deepa Bharti Ji, program coordinator, Manthan SVK, DJJS showed an impactful video about the success and efforts of the initiative during her vote of thanks. She stressed upon the fact that His Holiness Shri Ashutosh Maharaj Ji is the guiding force behind the success and expansion of the program. The children, guests and sponsors, shared a truly amazing bonding moments with the children on this unique Diwali celebrated in a unique ad enthralling way.