- Hindu community celebrates Diwali today
- Bilawal to celebrate Diwali in Mithi
Like others parts of the world, Hindu community in Pakistan will celebrate the religious festival of Diwali on Wednesday (today) with great zeal and enthusiasm. Hindu families celebrate the festival by lighting earthen lamps and decorating the area around their doors with colours.
According to Hindu leader Amarnath Randhawa, Diwali is a celebration of victory of truth over evil and gives the message of love, peace and harmony. Diwali – Hindu New Year or festival of lights – marks the homecoming of Indian god Lord Ram after vanquishing the demon king Ravana.
In Karachi, some 900,000 Hindu residents are finalising arrangements for the three-day festival which as per religious calculations of time (mahurat) will begin at 5:30 pm Wednesday evening. The main ceremony will be held at Swami Narayan Temple with similar programs at other major temples in the metropolis, including Laxmi Narayan Mandir at Netty Jetty, Punj Mukhi Mandir at Soldier Bazar and Narayanwara Temple.
Ceremonies to mark beginning of Diwali are also scheduled to be held from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at many other temples mainly located in old parts of Karachi.
Pakistan Hindu Council President MNA Dr Ramesh Vankwani of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz said members of his community settled in other parts of the province have also chalked out elaborate programmes to celebrate the festival in a befitting manner.
A major ceremony is scheduled to be held at Mithi Wednesday evening and will be graced by the presence of PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.