Diwali and legends related to it

17 Oct

Diwali is celebrated on the new moon day of the Kartika month in the Hindu calendar. Diwali also known as Deepawali is a row of lamps. Deepa means “lamps” and awali is “a row”. The significance of this festival is to lead human race from darkness to light. It is for this reason that lamps are lit on the new moon day when the sky is completely dark. There are many stories in IndianMythology associated with this festival.

Return of Rama to Ayodhya: Lord Rama goes to forests on his father’s word. His father,  Dusherata does this to grant the wish of his wife Kiakeyi. In his absence Rama’s brother and Kaikeyis son, Bharata was ruling the country, Lord Rama returned from forests to Ayodhya after 14 years. Ramas brother Bharata was ruling the country representing Rama for these 14 years in the absence of Rama. In the absence of Rama Ayodhya, kingdom of Rama, was dull and people lived in grief and sorrow missing Rama. There was no cheer in the lives of the people.  On the day when Rama returned to Ayodya after defeating Ravana, people of Ayodhya rejoiced themselves, they decorated their houses with flowers. Each of them prepared delicious sweets and lit lamps in and out of the houses celebrated the return of Lord Rama. This day of Ramas return to Ayodhya is celebrated as Diwali

Death of Naraka: Narakasura was a demon and was troubling the world. On the day before Diwali is 14th day that is the Chaturdasi. On this day Lord Krishna killed Demon Narakasura with the help of SathyaBhama, Lord Krishnas wife. This day is thus known as NarakaChaturdasi and celebrated as part of Diwali.

Bali Padyami: Lord incarnated as Vamana, it was on the  day, next to the new moon day in the month of Kartika in the Hindu calendar, that is the day next to Diwali, Lord in the form of Vamana sent King Bali to nether.This day is also a part  of the diwali celebrations

Story of Godess Lakshmi: Godess Lakshmi was incarnated on this day during churning of ocean (link) That is reason why Diwali is associated with Lakshmi and Lakshmi pooja.

Return of Pandavas: In the great epic Mahabharata, Pandavas returned from 12 years of banishment  on the day of Karthika Amavasya, the new moon day of the Kartika month, which is celebrated as Diwali.

 

Diwali is celebrated with lot of passion and vigor in India. People fire crackers, eat sweet dishes, wear new clothes. Diwali is one of the most celebrated festival in India.

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