4 Major Reasons Behind Celebrating Diwali in India

Diwali, also known as Deepawali or Devali, is an Indian Festival of colors and lights. Diwali is celebrated in the month of  October or November every year.

Diwali holds a very important place of Indian origin all over the world. Worshipping all Gods, making snacks, exchanging gifts, etc.

Reasons for Celebrating Diwali

Return of Lord Rama

After killing Ravana, Lord Rama along with his wife Sita and brother Laxmana returned to his hometown, Ayodhya. The day they had returned was ‘Krishna Paksha’ and it was a new moon, Amavasya.

So in order to welcome their Prince back to his home, the people of Ayodhya lit candles and earthen lamps all over the village.

Left to Right – Laxman, Ram and Sita

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.

Krishna and Narakasura

Some parts of the Southern and Western region of India has derived the concept of Krishna and Narakasura fight. Narakasura was a demon who had supernatural powers but used it for destructing and terrorizing people.

To stop him from of this evil act, Lord Krishna killed Narakasura. After this victory, Lord Krishna put this demon blood on his face. When he returned his home, his face was given a massage with scented oil and then gave a bath for the blood to washed away.

Rage of Maa Kali

Maa Kali

The eastern states of India celebrate Diwali as Maa Kali Puja. In the olden times when evil started destructing the society and lives of people, they prayed for help from Maa Kali.

In anger and rage, Maa Kali destroyed evil completely but this didn’t calm her. Then she started causing harm to earth. In order to calm her, Lord Shiva laid himself in front of Maa Kali. By seeing him lying down under her feet, she was then cooled down.

Goddess Lakshmi/Laxmi

Goddess Lakshmi had emerged from the ocean of milk on this day. Since then she devoted her life to bringing prosperity and peace to the people of earth.

Goddess Laxmi

When is Diwali celebrated in Year 2017? (Diwali Date 2017)

Celebration Date Day
Diwali 19th Oct, 2017 Friday
Hindu New Year 20th Oct, 2017 Saturday
Bhai Duj 21st Oct, 2017 Sunday

 

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