It was Deepavali in 1898; Tilak was released from
jail. The joy of the people was beyond words. There were illumina- tions and fireworks
everywhere. There was a heavy rush of people to have 'darshan' of Tilak. He was taken in a
procession through the main streets of Pune.
People shed tears of joy. Mothers and children worshipped Tilak's portrait in their homes
by lighting incense and camphor.
Tilak, who was a regional leader, now became the national leader. Every Indian's heart was
filled with reverence for Tilak.
His sufferings in the jail had made him very weak. His eyes were sunken and thebones in
the cheeks protruded. But after his release in a few days his health improved.