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Arrival to Nepal During the Third Day of Diwali: Lakshmi Puja 

In Dubai, lights and decorations were all over the balconies of Hindu worshippers. When I asked my friend what this was for, I had totally forgotten that it was Diwali. I had not quite planned or thought that I would actually be here in Nepal during the festivities. Since I’m taking it one day at a time, I hadn’t really researched Nepal and was simply looking to start my mediation here. It is such a pleasant surprise. 

Local children walk around and sing in front of shops

I just arrived to the city of Kathmandu, where most residents are getting ready for the third day of Diwali, which is 

popularly known as the ‘festival of lights’ – it is a five-day festival celebrating light, knowledge and good nature.

More on Diwali here

How lucky am I to have booked my flights during this period of time, before I go to up Kopan Monastery. 

ground decorations for festival

The energy is high, children are out singing, women are on the floors creating mandala art with spices to welcome the goddess who according to legend, Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and Vishnu’s wife, visits her devotees and bestows gifts and blessings upon each of them.

 

Mandala with Ganesh and Om at Enterprise T Shirt
 
 To welcome the Goddess, devotees clean their houses, decorate them with finery and lights, and prepare sweet treats and delicacies as offerings. 

Local women in preparation for Diwali

If that wasn’t enough of a greeting, I stumbled upon Gaia Restaurant which has beautiful decorations, but the Gayatri Mantra was playing as I entered. During my time in Barcelona, my kundalini classes started or ended with this song, and I was not sure how to find it. I entered to ask how I can find the name of it when I realized BBQ  was being made and decided to have my first meal right here. 

Nepalese BBQ at Gaia

 
 
Biryani Rice at Gaia
 

I ordered the Biryani Rice and it was fantastic. Still hungry from a full days travel, I decided lentil soup won’t hurt, even though I’ll be having it for the next 40 days here (Lentils are my favorite). 

Daal • Dahl • Lentil

I feel that all this is already good omen and a great transition to my meditation. Sometimes, I just love not having a plan and things working better than they would with a guide or planned itinerary. In fact, I haven’t opened a travel guide or webpage about the country. I guess this is what it means to be “open.”

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