History of Diwali

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One of such festival is the ‘festival of lights’ – Deepawali. It is the glorious occasion that is not restricted to one day, but extended to a five-day celebration. All through these five days, people are in a festive mood. Adding to the festivity is the colorful display of lights. Like every other Hindu festival, stories from Mythology are associated with Diwali too. Given below is information on the celebrations of Diwali.happy-diwali-wishes


The five days of Diwali
The first days of Diwali is called Dhanwantari Triodasi also called Dhan Theras. The second day of Diwali is called Narak Chaturdasi. It is the fourteenth lunar day of the dark forthnight of the month of Kartik and the eve of Diwali. On this day Lord Krishna destroyed the demon Narakasur and made the world free from fear. The third day of Diwali is the actual Diwali. This is the day when worship for Mother Lakshmi is performed. On the fourth day of Diwali, Goverdhan Pooja is performed. The fifth day of the diwali is called Bhaiya Dooj. It is a day dedicated to sisters.

Hindu Mythology/Legends

Sita & Rama : Return of Shri Ram To Ayodhyaa The most famous legend behind the celebrations of Diwali is about the prince of Ayodhya Nagri Lord Shri Ram. Lord Rama was a great warrior King who was exiled by his father Dashratha, And The king of Lanka, Ravana, kidnapped Ram’s wife – Sita from the jungle, where they were staying as per the instructions of King Dashratha, father of Lord Ram. In order to freed Sita from Ravana’s custody, Ram attacked him. Ram defeated Ravan and released Sita from his custody. After this victory of Good over Evil, On the arrival of Lord Ram along with his wife Sita, people of Ayodhya decorated their homes as well as the city of Ayodhyaa by lighting tiny diyas all over, in order to welcome their beloved prince Shri Ram and Devi Sita.

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The Story of Vamana Avatar : The other story concerns King Bali, who was a generous ruler. But he was also very ambitious. Some of the Gods defense Vishnu to check King Bali’s power. Vishnu came to earth in the form of a Vamana (pygmy) dressed as priest. The pygmy approached King Bali and said “You are the ruler of the three worlds: the Earth, the world above the skies and the underworld. Would you give me the space that I could cover with three strides?” King Bali laughed. Surely a dwarf could not cover much ground, thought the King, who agreed to dwarf’s request. At this point, the dwarf changed into Vishnu and his three bounce covered the Earth, the Skies and the whole Universe! King Bali was send to the underworld. As part of Diwali celebrations, some Hindus remember King Bali. Legend-of-king-mahabali-1024x576

Lord Krishna Destroyed Devil Narakasur  : One famous story behind the celebrations of Diwali is about the demon king Narakasur, Lord Krishna Destroyed Demon Narakasur . Who was ruler of Pragjyotishpur, a province to the South of Nepal. After acquiring victory over Lord Indra during a war, Narakasur snatched away the magnificent earrings of Mother Goddess Aditi, who was not only the ruler of Suraloka, but also a relative of Lord Krishna’s wife – Satyabhama. Narakasur also imprisoned sixteen thousand daughters of Gods and saints in his harem. With the support of Lord Krishna, Satyabhama defeated Narakasur, released all the women from his Female Home and restored the magnificent earrings of Mother Goddess Aditi. this story is a reminder that good can still come out of evil. krishna-kill-narakasura

The Govardhan : In the village of Gokula, many years ago, the people prayed to the God Indra. They believed that Indra sent the rains, which made their crops, grow. But Krishna came along and persuaded the people to worship the mountain Govardhan, because the mountain and the land around it were fertile. This did not patronize Indra. He sent smash and torrential rain down on the village. The people cried to Krishna to help. Krishna saved the villagers by lifting the top of the mountain with his finger. The offering of food to God on this day of Diwali is a reminder to Hindus of the importance of food and it is a time for being thankful to God for the bounty of nature. Madhavendra-Puri-7

Goddess Lakshmi : On the Conferring happiness new moon day, which is ‘Amavasyaa’ of the Hindi month of Kartik, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity Lakshmi was incarnated. She appeared during the Fetne action of the ocean, which is known as ‘Samudra Manthan’, by the demons (Devil) on one side and ‘Devataas’ on the other side. Therefore, the worship of Goddess Lakshmi, the Lakshmi Pujan, on the day of Diwali, became a tradition.0c2c6c56b24203edb6fa32443788f76f

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