Some festivals have wonderful feelings and emotions with a great message. Among many festivals around the globe, one festival is very much closer to someone who knows about it. Because in this festival, people participate with a wonderful feeling without any religious discriminations. Today we are going to explain about a great Indian festival “Deepawali”. Deepawali also popularly known as “Diwali”.
Deepawali or Diwali means the ‘festival of lights’. Deepawali means the line of the lamp. Thus this festival equipped with rows of lamps is called Deepawali. On this occasion, houses, shops and streets are decorated with earthen lamps or lightings at night. It comes on the last day of the dark half of Kcirtika, a month of Hindu lunar calendar (October-November).
Why Diwali day so special:
Diwali is celebrated because on this day Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. Lord Lakshmi and Ganesha are worshiped in the evening of Diwali. According to a legend, Diwali is the night of Lakshmi Ji wedding. This night LakshmiJi chose and wed Lord Vishnu.
On this day, Lord Vishnu disguised in his fifth incarnation as Vaman-avtaara (The dwarf avatar) rescued Lakshmi from the prison of King Bali. and this is another reason of worshipping Ma Larkshmi on Diwali.
Eastern India Hindus associate Diwali with Goddess Kali mata or Durga mata. Some Hindus believe Diwali to be the start of a new year. It is also said that on this day Lord Krishna killed the demon Narakasura.
This is also a special day for Jains. Mahavir Tirthankar, considered to be the founder of modern Jainism also attained his nirvana on Diwali day. Mahavira abandoned his royal life and began teaching the philosophy of Jainism.
In 1577, the foundation stone of the Golden Temple at Amritsar was laid on Diwali. The Golden Temple, also known as Harmandir Sahib, meaning “abode of God” or Darbār Sahib, meaning “exalted court”.
On this day, in 19th-century scholar Maharshi Dayananda (founder of Arya Samaj), attained his nirvana. Maharshi Dayananda’s great mission was to ask humankind to treat one another as brothers through practices of nobility.
Signifies the victory of good over evil:
Lord Rama his wife Sita and brother Laxman returned to their kingdom in northern India after being exiled following the defeat of demon king, Ravanna. Lord Rama returned to ayodhya after 14 years of exile during which he fought and won a battle against the demons and the demon king, Ravana. The citizens of Ayodhya decorated the entire city with the earthen lamps and illuminated it like never before, and the festival of Diwali is in honor of Lord Rama’s victory.
“Religious festival signifies the victory of good over evil and the triumph of light over darkness.”