Monday, October 17, 2016


Diwali means row of lights.  In the Hindu tradition light represents knowledge, purity and the divine. The darkness of night represents negative force of ignorance, anger, greed, bigotry, injustice and oppression.  When the light of the lamps pierces the darkness of night, it symbolizes the victory of good over evil,, the triumph of virtue over vice and the conquest of ignorance through reason and understanding. The festivities in Balboa Park, San Diego were co sponsored by the Mingei International Museum, the San Diego Museum of Art and the San Diego American Society

The  Mingei Museum featured musicians, singers and dancers.  

An exhibit room was filled with  traditional Indian dolls depicting devine beings for the Festival of Dolls-Navaratri.  Through the evolutionary concept to keep improving spiritually in this lifetime-through unity in thought, work and deed is portrayed in Navarathri through the ascending nine steps, on which the different stages of evolution in our passage towards reaching God were  displayed in the form of dolls.
Goddess Saraswati bestows knowledge
Hindu God Ganesh is the Lord of Good Fortune who provides prosperity, fortune and success

 Ornate lamps were exhibited in the Spreckles Organ Pavilion and were lit at sunset. 
 In the evening more musicians and dancers performed on the Spreckles stage.  Nearby was a food court with Indian food specialities

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