Diwali, the festival of lights, is celebrated across India during the month of mid-October or mid-November. Diwali is celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs and is marked as the victory of light over darkness.
From childhood, we have heard stories related to this festival. Each part of India carries different versions of the stories for Diwali. However, it is a time to empower your spiritual life.
Knowing the legend behind the festival will make the celebrations worth. It is also a time of get together that will bring positive vibes all around. Apart from the spiritual side, there are many other reasons why Diwali is celebrated.
Nowadays, Diwali is also a celebration of shopping. We buy new clothes or gifts for our friends, relatives, colleagues and neighbours.
Exchanging gift is also an important part of the celebration. This includes dry fruits, sweets and seasonal specialties. Crackers are also an inevitable part of the Diwali celebration.
Here, in this article, we are going to discuss reasons on why we celebrate Diwali.
The Victory of Rama:
According to Ramayana, Lord Rama exiled with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana and at the end of this period, Rama killed Ravana, the King of Demons. Diwali embarked as a victory of Rama over Ravana, the goodness over the evil. The entire Ayodhya was illuminated with lights and fireworks as a symbol of happiness and excitement.
The Return of The Pandavas:
Mahabharata also has a story on Diwali. Pandavas were exiled for 13 years because they were defeated by the Kauravas in the game of gambling. But, the entire kingdom loved Pandavas and they celebrated the return of the five brothers after 13 years with lights and fireworks. Earthen lamps were lighted as a sign of happiness.
Incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi:
Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, is considered to be incarnated from the deep sea on Diwali. Some parts of India celebrate Diwali as the birthday of Goddess Lakshmi. The legend also says that Goddess Lakshmi married Lord Vishnu on the same day.
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Killing of Narakasura:
Another reason or story behind the celebration of Diwali is the killing of Narakasura. It is believed that Lord Krishna killed the demon Narakasura and he rescued many women. Women celebrate Diwali with Rangoli patterns, so as to show their respect and love for Lord Krishna.\
Coronation of Vikramaditya:
Here comes another legend on why we celebrate Diwali. This is one of the legends that is followed in some parts of India. Vikramaditya, one of the popular kings, was coroneted on the day of Diwali. Thus, it became a historical event along with the religious importance.
Bengal and Orissa celebrate Diwali in the name of Goddess Kali. When the gods were defeated by the demon, Goddess Kali killed all the demons. Being out of control of anger, Kali started to kill all and it was Lord Shiva who controlled the whole situation. This day is celebrated as Diwali.
Goddess Lakshmi Rescued by Lord Vishnu:
There is another legend which says Diwali is celebrated as a mark of rescue of Goddess Lakshmi by Lord Vishnu from King Bali. Goddess Lakshmi was imprisoned and Lord Vishnu, in his fifth incarnation, rescued the Goddess and this day is celebrated as Diwali.
Therefore, these legends explain the reasons on why we celebrate Diwali.