Srinagar: Jawans of the Indian Army lit up border in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir to celebrate festival of lights, Diwali, on Thursday.
Poonch has been witnessing a spike in ceasefire violations, but this did not dampen the spirit of the jawans to celebrate the festival that lit diyas on the Line of Control to mark the auspicious day.
“Countrymen should celebrate Diwali with utmost joy. We are deployed here and are ready to reply to the enemy,” a soldier said.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Kashmir witnessed best example of Kashmiriyat or Brotherhood as the Pandits and Muslims prepared Diwali celebration together. The Pandits were seen buying firecrackers and sweets from the stalls that were set up by the Muslims of Kashmir. They also said that they will pray peace for the valley.
Diwali, which is celebrated with great fervour and gaiety across India, marks the return Lord Ram, the King of Ayodhya in northern India, after his victory over demon king Ravana in distant Lanka, as well as the culmination of his 14-year-long exile. Lord Ram is widely regarded as the reincarnation of Lord Vishnu.
Diwali is also celebrated to honour the Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu deity of wealth and prosperity and consort of Lord Vishnu. It is believed that the Goddess Lakshmi blesses those homes that are clean and well lit.
On the auspicious occasion of Diwali, people illuminate their houses with coloured lights and earthen lamps.