Importance Of Diwali
Importance of Diwali
Diwali or Deepavali is a colorful Hindu festival, the festival indicates that the victory of light over darkness, good over evil. Diwali is celebrated across India during the month of October to November. Each part of India says different versions of the stories for Diwali. During the festival season people use to prepare sweets in the home and it is also a time of getting together. Diwali is a festival of exchanging gifts and we use to buy new clothes. Crackers are also played an important role in the Diwali celebration. Many regions in India offer prayers to the goddess Lakshmi on this day, before the Diwali night people clean the house and decorate with lights (light up diyas inside and outside the house) then next day they participate in Puja especially offer their prayers to the goddess Lakshmi Devi and fireworks follow.
History Behind the celebration of Diwali
The festival has been celebrating for a long time in India. Here we bring some reasons as the cause behind the origin of the Diwali festival.
- Lord Rama’s Return to Ayodhya
According to Ramayana, the prince Rama was ordered by his father to leave his country and come back after 14 years. So Rama went to the forest along with wife Sita and brother Lakshmana. At that time the demon king Ravana took Sita Devi to his kingdom Lanka, later Rama fought with Ravana and killed him. He saved Sita and returned to his kingdom Ayodhya after 14 years, the people of Ayodhya, celebrated the Rama’s return to their country and they decorated their houses with diyas and burst crackers. This is considered to have started the tradition of Diwali.
- Pandavas return to Hastinapura
According to Mahabharata, the Pandavas was defeated by their brother’s Kauravas in a game and later went to the forest for 13 years as a rule that was imposed on them. After the completion of 13 years, they came back to their kingdom on ‘Karthik Amavashya’ along with their mother and wife Draupadi. To celebrate the occasion people of Hastinapura decorated their houses with lamps and fired crackers. The tradition is considered to have been kept alive and held in the remembrance of the Pandavas to their kingdom.
- Lord Vishnu killed Narakasura
According to the Bhagavata Purana, long ago there lived a demon king called Narakasura who conquered heaven and earth. He was very cruel to women and sages, so they all went to Lord Vishnu and told him about their problems. Later Lord Vishnu in his Krishna avatar killed the demon king Narakasura along with his wife Satyabhama. The people of heaven and earth got freedom and celebrated the occasion with much dignity. A tradition is considered to be alive and held as a great festival.
- Goddess Kali killed devils
According to Puranas, long ago a battle was held between gods and devils, but gods lost in the battle with the demons, then goddess Kali took birth from the forehead of Goddess Durga Devi and killed all the devils and saved heaven and earth. After killing all the demons goddess lost her control and started to kill everyone who came in front of her. Then some other gods went to Lord Shiva to save them, Lord Shiva pleased with their prayers and went to stop her and slept in front of her Goddess Kali without knowingly stepped on Lord Shiva. At the moment she steps on Shiva, she came to normal. From then onwards this event was celebrated by doing Kali Puja in some parts of India.