Deepawali or Diwali is the biggest and the brightest of all Hindu festivals. A festival of lights (deep = light and avali = a row i.e., a row of lights) marked by four days of celebration, which illumines the country with brilliance and dazzles one and all with joy. Each of the four days in the festival of Diwali is separated by a different tradition, but what remains true and constant is the celebration of life, its enjoyment and goodness.
Diwali can be traced back to ancient India with various legends, each points to the origin of Diwali. Some believe it to be the celebration of the marriage of Lakshmi with Lord Vishnu wherein Bengal dedicate the festival to the worship of Mother Kali, the dark goddess of strength.
Diwali also commemorates the return of Lord Rama along with Sita and Lakshman from his fourteen year long exile and vanquishing the demon-king Ravana. In joyous celebration, the people of Ayodhya, the Capital of Rama, illuminates their kingdom with earthen diyas (oil lamps) and burst crackers.
Each day of Diwali has its own tale, legend and myth to tell.
The first day of the festival is celebrated as Naraka Chaturdasi which mark vanquishing of the demon Naraka by Lord Krishna and his wife Satyabhama. Amavasya, the second day of Deepawali, marks the worship of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth in her most benevolent mood, fulfilling the wishes of her devotees. The day also cite the legend when Lord Vishnu, vanquished Bali and banished him to hell. It is on the third day of Deepawali — Kartika Shudda Padyami that Bali steps out of hell and rules the earth according to the boon given by Lord Vishnu. The fourth day is referred to as Yama Dvitiya (also called Bhai Dooj) and on this day sisters invite their brothers to their homes and blesses them for their long lives.
On the day of Diwali, every home light millions of lamps to dispel the darkness and ignorance, and spread the radiance of love and wisdom. The skies with firecrackers is an expression of obeisance to the heavens for the attainment of health, wealth, knowledge, peace and prosperity.
Every home decorates home with rangoli, and also cook delicious foods to be healthy and to share with everyone they love.
And here is the glimpse of me at my best at Rangoli making 🙂
According to one belief, the sound of fire-crackers are an indication of the joy of the people living on earth, making the gods aware of their plentiful state. Still another possible reason has a more scientific basis: the fumes produced by the crackers kill a lot of insects and mosquitoes, found in plenty after the rains.
The tradition of gambling on Diwali also has a legend behind it . Goddess Parvati played dice with her husband, Lord Shiva wherein she claimed that whosoever gambled on Diwali night would prosper throughout. Diwali is associated with wealth and prosperity in many ways, which is why, the festival of Dhanteras (‘dhan’ = wealth; ‘teras’ =13th) is celebrated two days before the festivals of lights.
It’s not just the festive mood in the air that makes you happy, or just that it’s a good time to enjoy before the advent of winter. There are 10 mythical and historical reasons why Diwali is a great time to celebrate. And if you are away from the sights and sounds of Diwali, light a diya (lamp), sit quietly, shut your eyes, withdraw the senses, concentrate on this supreme light and illuminate the soul.
Happy Diwali || Stay Blessed || Stay Safe