Diwali - Significance of the Festival of Lights

Aditi Gupta

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Recognised in almost every part of India, the word Deepavali means ‘series of lighted lamps’ therefore it is called as Festival Of Lights. Deepavali (Diwali) is a 5 day grand festival and is celebrated on the full moon of Kartik month as per Hindu calendar. Millions of people across the country wait for this occasion year round and bring out their best selves forward to make the occasion merry.

Diwali is celebrated in various forms across different regions. For example,

1. Return of Lord Ram, Sita, and Laxmana to Ayodhya from Lanka

2. In the Braj region, in the Northern part of India, parts of Southern Tamil and Assam, Narak Chaturdashi (Chhoti Diwali) is viewed as the day on which Lord Krishna killed Narakasura

3. Rebirth of Goddess Lakshmi who was born in Samudra Manthan

4. As per Mahabharata, the Pandavas returned to Hastinapur on Diwali

5. The sixth Sikh Guru, Guru Hargobind, along with many, were released from captivity by Mughal Emperor Jahangir on the occasion of Diwali.

6. Diwali marks the last harvest of the year before the winter season

7. Day of incarnation of Mahakaali’s last manifestation celebrated in eastern part or India

8. Diwali observes the anniversary of the Nirvana of Mahavira’s soul in Jainism

9. Gujarat and some other Indian states celebrate Diwali as their New Year

10. Many believes that Lord Vishnu rescued Goddess Lakshmi from the prison of King Bali on this day

However, a common symbolism prevails, i.e. – it marks the victory of good over evil; light over darkness.
In the customary way, people light lamps and decorate homes followed by praying to almighty for keeping their family healthy and safe. But, Diwali isn’t over without a grand feast which is made with lots of love and flavour.

May this festival give peace and prosperity to you and your loved ones

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