Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Festival Of Lights, Deepawali



Deepawali, the festival of lights is one of the Hindu festivals, which is celebrated on new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartik. On this festival, it is a colorful display of lights and Goddess Lakshmi, the creator & protector of wealth, prosperity and fame are worshiped with great fervor. The celebration of Diwali as the "victory of good over evil"
It is the darkest night of this season and is illuminated with lights, houses and offices decorated with rangoli and flowers and crackers are lit, so it is the celebration of light and sound and family get together. Gifts and sweets are exchanged and in few parts of India, it’s celebrated as New Year celebration.

There are different legends and Myths associated with this festival of Deepawali.

Return of Shri Ram To Ayodhya:

The most famous legend behind the celebrations of Diwali is about the prince of Ayodhya Nagri - Lord Shri Ram. 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. This was followed by a war, in which, Ram defeated Ravan and released Sita from his custody. On the arrival of Lord Ram along with his wife Sita, people of Ayodhya decorated their homes as well as the city of Ayodhya by lighting tiny diyas all over, in order to welcome their beloved prince Shri Ram and Devi Sita.

Incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi:


 On the auspicious 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 churning of the ocean, which is known as 'Samudra Manthan', by the demons on one side and Gods on the other side. Therefore, the worship of Goddess Lakshmi, the Lakshmi Puja, on the day of Diwali, became a tradition.


Coronation of King Vikramaditya:

Another legend or story about Diwali celebrations relates to one of the greatest Hindu King - Vikramaditya. It was the day when he was crowned and the people celebrated this event by lighting tiny earthen 'diyas'

It is the celebration of joy and the people rejoice by decorating their houses with lights, bursting of crackers (though it is quite minimal these days to stop noise pollution), visiting people with gifts and sweets, spreading happiness among all.



This festival of lights is not only restricted to our country, India, but it is celebrated in other parts of the world with great fervor and the places are illuminated with lights.





असतो मा सद्गमय
तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय
मृत्योर्मा अमृतं गमय
शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः

WISH YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY DEEPAWALI.
MAY THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS ILLUMINATE YOUR SOUL WITH LOVE, JOY & PROSPERITY.

(Inputs segregated from the web and the images source is Google)

4 comments:

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    1. Thank You Sir.
      Happy Diwali To U & Family.

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  2. Blessing to read your post!
    Hope you had a great Diwali..!

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