Lamp Of Knowledge (explored)
Explored : # 127 , October 29, 2008
Turn off all the lights in the room & PLZ VIEW LARGE
Though this shot may seem like an abstract shot to many, but I clicked this with some purpose.. Well plz read the description below which will help you understand why I clicked this shot..
Why this shot : To Hindus, darkness represents ignorance, and light is a metaphor for knowledge. Therefore, lighting a lamp symbolizes the destruction, through knowledge, of all negative forces- wickedness, violence, lust, anger, envy, greed, bigotry, fear, injustice, oppression and suffering, etc.This is basically what the festival DIWALI symbolises... Happy Diwali to all my flickr friends !!
Some info on the festival : Diwali is perhaps the most well-known of the Indian festivals: it is celebrated throughout India, as well as in Indian communities throughout the diaspora. It usually takes place eighteen days after Dusshera. It is colloquially known as the "festival of lights", for the common practice is to light small oil lamps (called diyas) and place them around the home, in courtyards, verandahs, and gardens, as well as on roof-tops and outer walls. In urban areas, especially, candles are substituted for diyas; and among the nouveau riche, neon lights are made to substitute for candles. The celebration of the festival is invariably accompanied by the exchange of sweets and the explosion of fireworks. As with other Indian festivals, Diwali signifies many different things to people across the country. In north India, Diwali celebrates Rama's homecoming, that is his return to Ayodhya after the defeat of Ravana and his coronation as king; in Gujarat, the festival honors Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth; and in Bengal, it is associated with the goddess Kali. Everywhere, it signifies the renewal of life
Kept the candles on a red satin sheet & turned off all d lights in the room.Kept my black t-shirts for the black background..
Hope you like this photo..
Wont be on Flickr for a long time coz my exam is nearing, so wont be able to go through your photostreams, will catch up when i return.. :)