Diwali is the most awaited Indian Festival filled with the smell of incense sticks, the sweetness of mithai, sparkles of crackers, lights of diyas and candles, and the beauty of new clothes. Diwali is also referred to as Deepavali derived meaning Deep (light) and avali (row of diyas). On the special occasion of Diwali, Indians worship the Goddess Laxmi and Lord Ganesha together with Lord Kubera. Apart from this fun part, there is a significant back story of Diwali which is very fascinating. If you are interested in exploring the Diwali story then stay tuned and continue reading this article!
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Story of Diwali
Diwali is a 5-day festival, and every day is celebrated to honour different deities and has a variable story. These 5 festivals will start with Dhanteras and end at Bhai Dooj.
According to Hindu Mythology and legend, Ramayana, Diwali is celebrated to mark the return of Lord Rama, Mata Sita and Lakshmana to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. Lord Rama was sent to exile in the forests by his own father King Dasharatha as he was provoked by Lord Rama’s stepmother, Mata Kaikeyi. She wanted his real son Bharata to take over the kingdom instead of Lord Rama.
When Lord Rama was given exile his wife and his younger brother Mata Sita and Lakshmana also joined him and faced various hardships while living in the forest.
Sita Abducted By Ravana
One day Sita saw a golden deer and she was captivated by its beauty. But a demon was disguised in the form of a golden deer. She requested Lord Rama to bring her the deer. He left Lakshamana to be Sita Maa and protect her. But later, Lakshamana heard Lord Rama’s voice and he was in danger. So Lakshamana drew a protective line “Lakshmana Reka” and went away to save Rama. In that span of time, Ravan disguised in the avatar of a priest kidnapped Sita Mata. Ravan took her across the sea in Lanka in his “Pushpak Vahan” defeating Jatayau who tried to save Sita Mata.
Lord Rama and Hanuman
Hanuman met Lord Rama when he was in search of Mata Sita. He helped Lord Rama and took him to Sugriva the King of Vanars. They built a bridge sing stones to reach Sri Lanka. The stones were blessed with the power of Lord Rama so they didn’t sink. Lord Rama crossed the bridge to reach Lanka and free her wife from the evil demon Ravan.
Victory of Good over Evil
In the war, Lord Rama wins over the evil king Ravan and gets his wife after which they return back to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile winning the war of good and evil.
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Significance of Diwali
It is believed that this occasion is celebrated because on this day Lord Rama together with Mata Sita and Lakshamana returned back to Ayodhya after completing 14 years of exile.
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Diwali is celebrated to welcome Lord Rama and on this special occasion, people worship Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha and seek the blessings of wealth, prosperity and happiness.
Diwali is celebrated to welcome Lord Rama, Mata Sita and Lakshmana to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile.
According to the Hindu Lunar Calendar, Diwali is celebrated in the Ashvin and Kartik month (mid-September or mid-November) and this festival lasts for 5 days.