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Diwali-The Tradition of Gambling

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 | 12:38:00 AM

It is believed that millions of years ago, Shiva's consort, Goddess Parvati was playing the game of dice with her lord. In fact, it was this divine couple who invented the game of dice. Elated with her win, the Mother Goddess Parvati announced that whoever gambled on the Diwali night, would mint wealth throughout the year. Then onwards, this game that has been bestowed with a boon, became a part of the Diwali fun and frolic and continues to be so even till date.

The word gambling has different connotations for different cultures. In Indian context, it was the game of playing cards is considered to be a royal one and thus was played by Hindu Gods and Goddesses to pass their leisurely time. But the context takes new twists and turns with the changing eras. Today, the division based on the financial status is common to all cultures and regions. The plight lies in the fact that people with limited financial resources too indulge in this game and lose even the little they possess in order to follow the privileged class.

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