The Festival of Lights
– a masnavi
On Danteras, Hindus shop for gold
To praise Lakshmi and her wealth untold.
Choti Divali is small and sweet;
Rice powder draws the goddess’s feet.
Lakshmi-Puja is the moon-dark night,
Welcoming Lakshmi with candle light.
For Annakoot, one hundred and eight
Types of food are laid on Krishna’s plate.
On Bhai Duj, each sister makes her mark,
Keeping her brothers safe from the dark.