Students Celebrate the Festival of Lights

Students gathered in Rockefeller Chapel on November 4th to celebrate Diwali Puja.

By Ahona Mukherjee

Ahona Mukherjee / The Chicago Maroon

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November 14, 2016

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Students light candles in Rockefeller Chapel on the high chancel in preparation for the Diwali Puja.

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Rose petals are piled on a plate as part of the preparation for the Diwali Puja.

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A member of the South Asian Musical Ensemble plays the tabla, a percussion instrument used in Hindustani classical music.

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Chicago Aag performs at the Diwali Puja in Rockefeller Chapel.

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The priest lights a ‘diya’, which is a small oil lamp.

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The audience sits on the chancel for the Puja.

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A student and the Assistant Dean of Rockefeller Chapel/Director of Spiritual Life Jigna Shah take their blessings after closing prayers.

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A student takes her blessing after closing prayers.

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