Students Celebrate the Festival of Lights

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

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

By Ahona Mukherjee

Students light candles in Rockefeller Chapel on the high chancel in preparation for the Diwali Puja.
Students light candles in Rockefeller Chapel on the high chancel in preparation for the Diwali Puja. ()
Rose petals are piled on a plate as part of the preparation for the Diwali Puja.
Rose petals are piled on a plate as part of the preparation for the Diwali Puja. ()
A member of the South Asian Musical Ensemble plays the tabla, a percussion instrument used in Hindustani classical music.
A member of the South Asian Musical Ensemble plays the tabla, a percussion instrument used in Hindustani classical music. ()
Chicago Aag performs at the Diwali Puja in Rockefeller Chapel.
Chicago Aag performs at the Diwali Puja in Rockefeller Chapel. ()
The priest lights a ‘diya’, which is a small oil lamp.
The priest lights a ‘diya’, which is a small oil lamp. ()
The audience sits on the chancel for the Puja.
The audience sits on the chancel for the Puja. ()
A student and the Assistant Dean of Rockefeller Chapel/Director of Spiritual Life Jigna Shah take their blessings after closing prayers.
A student and the Assistant Dean of Rockefeller Chapel/Director of Spiritual Life Jigna Shah take their blessings after closing prayers. ()
A student takes her blessing after closing prayers.
A student takes her blessing after closing prayers. ()