Diwali in Sweden

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So this upcoming Saturday has the Indian-Swedish organization organized a Diwali festival!
For two years ago, I went on the fest and it was very nice celebration, with Indian food, dance and speeches.
I hope this year will be even better! Diwali a happy festival, and lovely.

The photo is taken at a Jain temple in Pune. My host/Indian family took me to the temple, the temple is a block away from our home. Also, the temple was very crowded with dressed up Indians.

inside a jain temple during Diwali

inside a jain temple during Diwali

I did not know what to write about, and looked on my picture from this year in India.
This photo during Diwali and many other photos from Diwali are something I really like. During Diwali everything just light up and everywhere feel more welcoming with all the lights.
Jain temple are very decorative and beautiful.

Then we have finally started to get “home works”. For tomorrow I needed to read 2 articles for Emotional intelligence and leadership… The articles are very interesting. first one is about level 5 leadership the other one is about tipping point leadership. Seriously, this 2 articles must read, because they made me think and also inspiring.

5 level leadership: http://gsblive.uct.ac.za/instructor/usermedia/1650/Collins%202001_2.pdf
tipping point leadership: http://inet.katz.pitt.edu/studentnet/projects/ceestaging/upmc2012/Tipping%20Point%20Leadership.pdf

Without a mother

Without a mother

In the Mandir a man came to us with a kid (see photo) and he told us this child does not has a mother. The man kept on talking and then said take a photo on her. I still do not really know why, but the girl is very cute.
For sure, Delhi has many homeless people. We saw boys and women taking shower on the street half naked. To live in the street, can not be easy, any where and specially in Delhi.

Kalibari Mandir

Kalibari Mandir

During my first day in the big city. My friend took me on the bus. My friend told me in the front of the bus is for laidies and back of the bus is for the men. Which is diffrernt from Pune local buss, the lady side is on the left side and right side is for the men.

Before we came to Connaught Place (CP), we went to a Mandir (temple). If I got it right, we visit Kalibari.
When we and everyone else entered the temple area, we needed to clean our hands and feet but also but a fabric on our head. (While in church the visit should show the head in God house).

Well, in this very beautiful temple we walked around, heard them reading form the book, went to a pool of water with allot of fishes. Again, if I got it right is for make a wish and it was possible to step down a little bit in the pool.

I could not take any photos inside the temple because cameras were not allowed. That is little sad, but it is just accept it.

Pooja in the morning

Pooja in the morning

Last Monday on the 4th, my host family did pooja at 6:30 o’clock in the morning.
So the night before we prepared all the gifts to the Gods or books (I m not that sure). Everything were of five, 5 fruits, 5 almonds, 5 sugar cubs, etc. What my host brother said, this is the day they use to open the new books for the business. And the pooja is to pray to have a good business year.
We did pooja and after we had some fireworks and went to the temple. The temple was very crowded because everyone had done pooja. All people were beautiful dress in sarees, khurtas and other traditional Indian dresses.
More or less I was just a big question mark during pooja, because pooja was not in English and it went very fast.
Then at 11 we went to the shop and did pooja AGAIN. So many poojas that day.

Actually I did one mistake, I was next to the sofa with all the gods in my shoes. Not a good idea, because you are not supposed to wear shoes near any God. It ended up with my host mom told me: Please do not have shoes on, there are Gods!
But, why should we not have shoes on? I know, in every temple we have to remove our shoes.

A other temple at home

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This is a other small temple which aba and adji have.
Every morning aba (grandfather) prays and change the flowers.
I do not know which all the Gods they have. but it is a small and nice temple.
After we made sweets adji gave/show the sweets to the Gods. I did not really understand why. But when we make some special sweets for a God we need to show/give the sweets to the God before we can eat them. So, if I made some Christmas sweets I would need to give/show the sweets to Jesus. That would be a little bit wired for me

Temple at home

Temple at home

This is a small temple at home. The temple is in the kitchen.
They keep the light on always, beside when the lights goes.
It is the mom in the house how writhe the text with a powder. I have tried to writhe A, B, C, D etc. But it was not easy. (was happy if it was possible to the which letter it was).
Every Indian family has a temple, some has a whole room while other has in smaller scale.

Temple with gold

Temple with gold

This is a trample near Swargate.
This is a temple for Jainism. It is little bit different form Hinduism. I would rather say Jain temples are much more decorated then other.

Jainism is a old region and have around 4,2 million followers. They aim of life is to achieve liberation of the soul. The way to achieve the goal is to live a life of harmlessness and renunciation.

I have been leaving with a Jain family, I can not say there was any big different between that family and a Hindu family. Both believes in karma, form my point of view had more then one god. They have temples, also small temples in the houses. Biggest different was the food habits. Jain family was pure vegetarian, while the Hindu family had chicken twice in the month. Fore sure they did celibate little different festivals, but both celebrated the main festivals.

To read about Jainism I recommend: http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/jainism/. Very interesting to read about, but if I would write about Jainism I think it will be a essay.