Celebration of Diwali.


There  are 12 mythical and historical reasons why Diwali is celebrated.

1.Goddess Lakshmi’s birthday. According to mythology she was first

incarnated  on the new moon day of the Kartik month during the

churning of the milk by Gods and demons.

2.Lord Vishnu rescued Lakshmi  from the prison of king Mahabali.

Lord Vishnu in His 5th incarnation as Vamana avatara approached

Bali for some charity. King Bali couldn’t refuse the Brahmin’s offer.

He was tricked  into giving up his kingship and wealth(of which Lakshmi

is said to be the Goddess)

3.Demon Narakasura could only be killed by his mother Bhudevi and

Shri Krishna’s wife Satyabhama who was an incarnation of Bhudevi  killed him.

4.The return of Pandavas from their 12 years of banishment as a result of

their defeat in the hands of the Kauravas, at the game of dice(gambling).

The subjects who loved Pandavas celebrated the day by lighting the

earthen lamps.

5. The victory of Rama who vanquished the demon king Ravana

on new moon day of  Kartik and returned to Ayodhya. The citizens

of  Ayodhya decorated the entire city with the earthen lamps and

illuminated it like never before in honour of Rama;s victory.

6.Coronation of  king Vikramaaditya.

7. Special day for the Arya Samaj. Swami Dayananda Saraswati

19th century scholar, the founder of Arya Samaj attained his nirvana.

8.Mahavira Tirthankar who the founder of  modern Jainism also

attained Nirwana on Diwali day.

9.Goddess Kali is worshiped to help in destroying evil both external

and internal to us and also to get her blessings for general happiness,

health, wealth and peace.

10, Diwali also falls  in the time of Kharif crop.

11.Hindu New Year Day. Hindu businessmen offer pujas, start

new books of accounts and pay off all the debts to start a new

year afresh.

12.Special day for the Sikhs. The foundation stone of the golden

temple at Amritsar was laid on Diwali day in 1577. Diwali is

important for Sikhs because it celebrates the release from

prison, of the 6th Guru Hargobind and 52 other princes with

him in 1619, imprisoned by Emperor Jahangir.Sikh’s festival

Bandi Chhor Diwas coincides with the day of Diwali.The third

Sikh Guru Amar Das institutionalized Diwali as a Red Letter Day,

when all the Sikhs would gather to receive the Guru’s blessings.

The 5 days of Diwali are-

Day one-Dhanteras(Day of fortune)

Day two-Naraka Chaturdashi (Day of knowledge)

Day three-Diwaali (Day of light)

Day four-Annakut (New Year)

Day five-Bhai Duj (Day of love between siblings)

Whatever the cause behind its celebration,

Diwali is undoubtedly a national festival of India,

enjoyed by most Indians regardless of faith.

The festival of light celebrates the victory of light

over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over




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