Diwali is not just an auspicious occasion which is celebrated as an ancient and traditional ritual but it holds immense significance as per the Hindu scriptures. There is not only a single reason to celebrate the lightning festival of Diwali but there are several reasons which are associated with the grand celebration of the ‘Festival of lights.
Different Story of Diwali Festival
Lord Rama’s Victory
As per the sacred Ramayana, on the eve of Kartik Amavasya, Lord Rama along with Lakshman and Goddess Sita returned back to Ayodhya after completing a long exile of 14 years and defeating King Ravana. For their welcome, the people of Ayodhya adorned the place with hundreds of earthen lamps and since that day, Diwali is celebrated as one of the most auspicious rituals in Hindu religion symbolizing the triumph of light over darkness.
Birthday of Maa Lakshmi
Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped as the deity of wealth, fortune and benevolence. She is considered as Supreme Being and one of the most principal deities in the religion. As per the mythology, it is believed that Goddess Lakshmi incarnated during the Samudra Manthan on the eve of new moon day in the month of Kartik and since that day, every year, this particular day is celebrated as Diwali, the birthday of Maa Lakshmi.
Return of Pandavas
As per the scriptures or Mahabharata, on the very day of Kartik Amavasya, the Pandavas named Sahadeva, Arjuna, Yudhishthira, Nakula, and Bhima came back after a long period of twelve years of their banishment. So, the day was celebrated by lighting the earthen lamps for their welcome.
Killing of Narakasura by Lord Krishna
A day before Diwali, Lord Krishna defeated and vanquished the demon king named Narakasura who with his immense devil powers invaded all the three worlds. Lord Krishna by killing the demon, saved the beings from his torture and rescued thousands of women from his captivity. Therefore, to celebrate the victory, the enjoyment goes for two days and thus since that day, the second day of Naraka Chaturdashi is celebrated as Diwali.
Rescue of Goddess Lakshmi
On the auspicious day of Diwali, Lord Vishnu appeared as Lord Vamana, (the fifth avatar or incarnation of the deity) to release Goddess Lakshmi from King Bali’s prison. Therefore, it is one of the vital reasons behind the celebration of that day as Diwali. Know auspicious time (Shubha muhurat) to do worships of Goddess Laxmi.
Relation with Jainism
Lord Mahavir or the Mahavir Tirthankar who is regarded as the founder of Jain religion attained Nirvana or Moksha on the sacred day of Kartik Amavasya or Diwali. Lord Mahavir left his home and family to become an ascetic by observing bodily mortifications as well as fasting. Later on, when he was 43 years of age, he started teaching Jainism and finally attained Moksha on this day.
To conclude, there are several reasons associated with the celebration of Diwali and almost all the areas or regions of the country, celebrate the day as per their own cultural and religious beliefs. Whatever may be the reason, Diwali is regarded as a national festival which is celebrated with immense faith, joy, and pleasure all over India as well as across the globe.
Wish you all a Happy Diwali…!!
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