No matter what culture, tradition and religion you come from, if you’re an Indian, you wait for Diwali as much as anybody else. Diwali, the festival of lights is always the most awaited festival of the year. But do you know the historical aspects of it? If not, join me and find everything about it!
History of Diwali
Diwali is mainly a Hindu festival. It goes back to the return of Lord Rama with Sita and Lakshman to Ayodhya. It marks his return to home after 14 long years. Kaikeyi, Rama’s step mother demands him to be exiled for 14 years in Dandaka Forest. Although, everyone in the family grieves due to this, Lord Rama finally had to leave for the exile.
Diwali is celebrated as the homecoming festival of Lord Rama. He defeated Ravana and rescued his wife Sita in the city of Lanka. This signifies the victory of good over evil.
Another reason of Diwali celebration is the death of Narakasur. According to the puranas, Naraka was the son of bhudevi. Lord Brahma gave him a blessing that he could die only in the hands of his mother. Over confident Naraka thus, begin to destroy and harass his surroundings.
People then went to Lord Krishna for help. He along with his wife Satyabhama fought a battle against Naraka. Satyabhama, the reincarnation of bhudevi hit Naraka with a bow during the battle and ended his disastrous rein. This incident signifies that parent’s should punish their children when do something wrong.
There are many other reasons for Diwali celebration in hindu mythology too!
Diwali celebration takes place every year during Autumn. This year November 7 is the day for it. People decorate all the temples, houses and streets. The decoration includes, beautiful diya, lamp, rangoli and much more.
Everyone dresses up in their nicest clothes and pray to God for everyone’s well being. Women prepare delicious sweets and snacks. Children burn various types of crackers. People visit each other’s home and enjoy this beautiful day with love and peace.
Diwali is the festival of light, love and togetherness. Enjoy this auspicious day by praying for yourself, your loved ones, the needy and the poor. Along with your relatives, do give some sweets to the old people and orphans.
Wish you a very healthy and auspicious Diwali from the whole team of The South Indian Store. Also, stay safe and don’t harm yourself or other’s while playing with crackers.