Diwali a Celebration
It is said Diwali is the festival of light, but it also is the festival of enjoying various types of crackers and sweets. Not only children, but adults also like this most celebrated and enjoyed festival of light and sound and sweets.
Diwali means five days of joy and happiness which also includes colourful lights and sound. Of these five days, third day is the most important.
On this day, people, after cleaning, decorate their homes and surrounding areas with earthen lamps or diyas and candles.
Wearing new dress, Goddess Laxmi and Lord Ganesha are worshipped properly for great health and wealth. Rituals also includes bursting firecrackers with near and dear ones, visiting neighbours and friends, distributing sweets and wishing them good health and wealth.
From childhood we came to know that Diwali is celebrated because of two reasons. First reason is, Goddess Lakshmi’s Birthday falls on this day and the second reason is return of Lord Ram along with wife Sita and his brother Lakshman from forest after completing the 14 years term and also killing the mighty demon king Ravan.
After hearing that there righteous king Lord Ram has killed Ravan and is returning home, Ayodhya people decorated the entire city with lamps to show their happiness, love and affection towards their king. And thus the celebration of Diwali started. A victory of righteousness.
However apart from the above two, there are many other reasons present to celebrate the Diwali.
The Goddess of wealth Lakshmi actually came to being or incarnated during churning of the ocean (SamudraManthan).
On this day of Diwali, Lord Vishnu took the incarnation of the Dwarf Avatar and rescued Goddess Lakshmi from King Bali.
It is believed that the Pandavas returned after 12 years of their banishment and the pupils who supported them celebrated by lightning their homes with lamps.
Great Hindu King, Vikramaditya was crowned on the day of Diwali.
19th-century scholar Maharshi Dayananda, the founder of Arya Samaj, attained his nirvana on the day of Diwali.
One day before Diwali, Lord Krishna killed the demon king Narakaasur. People celebrated this joyful event for two days. That is the reason, the second day of Diwali is always NarakChaturdasi.
The foundation stone of the Golden Temple at Amritsar was laid on Diwali day in 1577.
The third Sikh Guru Amar Das made it a custom that on the day of Diwali all Sikhs would gather and receive the Guru’s blessings.
And I am sure there must be many more reasons to celebrate the auspicious day of Diwali, a festival which truly is for all.