The Hindu festival of lights is celebrated by millions of people around the world every year. On Diwali night, lamps and candles are lit inside and outside. The festival, which symbolises the victory of light over darkness, is also celebrated by Jains and Sikhs.
This is a 19th century lamp from a Śaiva shrine in India, a 20th-century gouache painting of Krishna & Radha at the festival of lights, and a section of a white marble torana arch from an 11th-century Jain temple in Rajasthan.
“O queen of Vedic sacrifices, O queen of pious activities, O queen of the material world, O queen of the demigods, O queen of Vedic scholarship, O queen of knowledge, O queen of the goddesses of fortune, O queen of patience, O queen of Vrindavana, the forest of happiness, O queen of Vraja, O empress of Vraja, O Sri Radhika, obeisance’s to You!”~Sri Sri Radha-kripa-kataksa-stava-raja