Pune residents lit one lakh earthen lamps before historic Shaniwarwada Fort

November 14th, 2007 - 10:15 am ICT by admin  
Pune, Nov. 7 (ANI): Pune residents heralded Diwali, the festival of lights, on Tuesday night here by lighting one lakh earthen lamps in front of the 18th century Shaniwarwada Fort during Deeponka Utsav.

Over a thousand people congregated here following a recently revived Maratha tradition of illuminating lakhs of earthen lamps during the Peshwa rule.

On Tuesday, the purpose was to revisit the traditional fervour of Diwali as a society and spread a message of peace and prosperity. The age-old tradition had nearly gone into oblivion until the member of a local Chaitanya Laughter Club revived it for a social cause seven years ago.

People lit the earthen lamps and placed them according to various attractive designs marked in the open compound in front of the Shaniwarwada Fort.

“The arrangements made to host this event are simply up to the mark. It looks so nice with thousands lighted earthen lamps placed all around in different shapes and designs,” said Kejal, member of the Chaitanya Laughter Club.

It took about one hour’s time to lit so many earthen lamps in the ground.

“I am so happy to be here. I visit this festival every year to help the organisers. Every year thousands throng this place and we enjoy together,” said Sukanya, a visitor.

Shaniwarwada is a palace fort in the heart of Pune. It was the seat of Peshwa rulers until 1818 when the Peshwas surrendered to the British.

In 1828 A.D, a mysterious fire gutted the buildings in this palace complex. All that remains now are their stone plinths and the perimeter fortification wall. (ANI)

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