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Festival of Light
Radhika Sekar

Deepavali - one of India's biggest and most popular festivals - comes with a treasure-trove of legends. Festival of Lights then narrates each of them. It tells the young reader why Indians light a hundred lamps on diwali, why they worship Goddess Lakshmi, why they hope. With seven stories on Naraka's defeat, Mahadevi's triumph, and Rama's conquest, the book is certain to enthrall a child.

This book describes the origin of Deepavali (Diwali) - the Hindu Festival of Lights which is celebrated in all parts of India. It marks the end of the Hindu calendar year and the beginning of the New Year. There are many legends associated with Deepavali and they vary from region to region. The common thread that runs through them all is the triumph of good over evil. Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth, is particularly worshipped in anticipation of prosperity and good fortune in the coming year.

US $15 ISBN: 81-87111-70-4
Author Information :

Born in India, Radhika Sekar has lived in Canada since 1974. She holds a PhD in Religious Studies and has taught at Carleton University. Now a full-time writer, she has published short stories in various anthologies and in 2004 was a winner in the City of Ottawa, Short Story Contest. Her books encourage children of all backgrounds and ages to learn more about Indian culture.

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