Diwali, also called Deepavali is one of the most awaited and auspicious festivals in India! Not only in India but, Indians in any part of the world, celebrate this festival with a lot of joy. This is a time for family reunions, holidays, shopping and sweets. Everyone knows that it’s a festival of lights and it is celebrated because this day Shri Ram returned to his kingdom Ayodhya, after spending 14 years in exile. Fire crackers are burst to ward off negative energies and also used to signify the weapons used in the war between Gods and demons. There are several lesser known facts about Diwali, which makes the festival equally interesting and festive.
On this day, although we are lighting diyas in happiness on the return of Shri Ram, the prayers are mostly concentrated on Goddess Laxmi, who had taken the form of Sita. Laxmi is the Goddess of wealth, prosperity, and good fortune. She emerged during Samudra Manthan on this day and so, officially, this is her birthday. Well, that’s a Goddess every Hindu likes to keep appeased.
Krishna is another form of Vishnu. A day before Diwali, Krishna had killed a demon, Narakusura, who had captured thousands of men and women and freed these men. When these captured people returned home, they lighted diyas to celebrate their freedom and thank the Lord. And so, diyas are lighted every year as a form of thankfulness.
Not only is Ramayana related to Diwali, The Epic Mahabharata is related too. On this day, the banished Pandavas returned to their palace after 12 years. They were banished after they lost a game of dice to the Kauravas. Diyas were lighted on their return as a form of celebration.
Hindus who do not believe in deity’s and are Arya Samajists, also celebrate Diwali because on this day Maharishi Dayanand started the very popular Arya Samaj. Arya Samaj had brought many social changes in India and still houses many important beliefs.
Other religions like, Jainism, also wait for Diwali to celebrate the day, as Mahaveer had attained Nirvana on this day. Sikhs too, celebrate Diwali because the third Sikh guru, named Guru Amar Das suggested all Sikhs to get blessings from their gurus on this day. Also, the foundation stone of Golden Temple was laid on this day.
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