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Diwali: Five Reasons to Celebrate

One of India’s popular as well as major festivals, Diwali fills the atmosphere with joy and happiness. It is celebrated by millions of Indians with great enthusiasm and fervour. They worship the lords for their blessings, light up the diyas to triumph every segment of darkness, relish themselves with sweets to forget the bitter, decorate every corner of their homes to cherish what they have and make rangolis to revive colors in their lives. While there are many holy reasons to celebrate, let us read further to know those five major ones which make this festival so special and auspicious.

1. Birthday of Goddess Lakshmi:

It is believed that Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and fortune, incarnated from the waters of boundless ocean on the day of Amavasya. One of the episodes of Hindu mythology reveals that the gods and demons were perishable at one point of time. To gain deathless condition, they churned the ocean to make nectar of immortality, also known as amrita. This lead to the emergence of Goddess Lakshmi who was later married to Lord Vishnu on the darkest night of Kartik month. The sacred day was marked with bright lamps.

2. The epic tale of King Mahabali:

The religious text of Bhagvata Purana describes a tale when, on a Diwali day, King Mahabali captured Goddess Lakshmi in his prison during the Treta Yuga. The invincible demon king ruled the earth with his powers and no God could defeat him. Lord Vishnu disguised as a short Brahmin tricked him to give up his state as well as wealth. And hence, Lakshmi, being the Goddess of wealth, was rescued by Lord Vishnu.

3. The killing of Narakasura:

Narakasura was a demon king with great powers. He had conquered not only the earth but heavens as well. He had even imprisoned 16, 000 women in his palace. When Lord Vishnu incarnated as Krishna during the Dwapara Yuga, he killed Narakasura on the day before Diwali. Before dying, Narakasura realized his evil deeds and requested for a boon that everyone will celebrate his death with colorful lights on Naraka Chaturdasi.

4. The victory of Lord Rama:

Ramayana, the ancient Sanskrit epic, tells us that Lord Rama along with his consort Sita and his brother Lakshmana went into the forests for fourteen years in exile. During this period, Ravana, the great King of Lanka, captured Sita. To avenge the dishonor of Sita, Lord Rama killed Ravana and conquered his Lanka. On the new moon day of Kartik month, Lord Rama, his wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana returned to Ayodhya. The people of Ayodhya decorated their houses with lighted diyas.

5. The return of the Pandavas:

One of the episodes of the ancient Indian epic, Mahabharata, states that the Pandavas were banished into the forests for a period of twelve years. On the day of Kartik Amavasya, they returned after completing the long period of expulsion to fight the battle with Kauravas. The victory of Pandavas was celebrated with diyas by their supporters.