Diwali

Diwali is a very renowned and auspicious festival in India. The unmistakable identity of the festival one can witness through the charming sights accentuated by twinkling diyas, colorful bulbs, firecrackers, and elated people congratulating one another for the festival by distributing sweets and wishing them a good life, peace, prosperity and HAPPY Diwali.

Moreover, the day is also known as a festival of lights, considering the way it is celebrated.

When Is Diwali Celebrated?

The festival of Diwali is celebrated during Kartika month, every year in India. In other words, it takes place on the 15th day of Kartik month, based on the data of the Hindu lunar calendar.

Why Is Diwali Celebrated?

If we talk from a purely religious standpoint, the reason for Diwali being celebrated all across India and in other parts of the world with a Hindu population is that the festival is a holy symbol representing the spiritual message of victory of light over darkness, and triumph of good over evil, an underlying theme line that gives more credence to the sanctity of this hugely famous festival.

Which Divinity Is Celebrated On Diwali?

On the auspicious day of Diwali, Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha are worshipped by the devotees. On this day, the goddess Lakshmi is worshipped as a deity of prosperity. She is held in deep respect and offered reverential regard as devotees pray to her for their peace, wellbeing, success, and ceaseless prosperity.

What Are The Legends Associated With Diwali?

The festival of Diwali is associated with various anecdotes and legends, some of them are being mentioned in the following way –

  • According to the epic Ramayana, in the aftermath of Ravana’s forceful abduction of Sita (the wife of Lord Rama), and all the steps maintained by Rama toward establishing a diplomatic bonhomie with Ravana had rendered no results, the pitched battle between both the parties ensued. It resulted in the death of the demon king, Ravana. The victory of Lord Rama and his eventual comeback to his kingdom, Ayodhya, along with his wife, brother Lakshmana, and some other dignitaries was celebrated by jubilant subjects of Ayodhya. The victory and the celebration that followed became a tradition known as Diwali later.
  • It is also believed that Diwali came into existence followed by the death of the demon, Narakasura at the hands of Lord Krishna.

What Is The Significance Of Diwali?

Diwali has its boundless significance based on the religious sentiments that devotees have for it. The celebration of the festival involves the demonstration of various activities, like dance, music, and prayers offered to god and goddess on this day. Sweets and wishes for goodwill and prosperity are exchanged among people. The day of Diwali commemorates a symbolic message of the triumph of lights over darkness and victory of good over evil. Therefore, the festival is regarded as a great medium representing the vibrancy of Indian culture with staunch regard for its devotional and religious sentiments.

The significance of Diwali is also accentuated by the way it poses its religious sanctity, like uniting people for a common purpose of strengthening the Indian culture’s deep-seated religious vibrancy.

Conclusion

Diwali is India’s one of the most popular festivals. It is an auspicious day commemorating the triumph of lights over darkness and the victory of good over evil. It is chiefly celebrated to honour the legend involving Lord Rama slaying the king of Lanka, Ravana. The festival enjoys a deep-seated religious significance all over India, due to its cultural values and religious sentiments. Lord Ganesha and goddess Lakshmi are worshipped on this day, for peace, happiness, good fortunes, and prosperity.

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