Why Is Diwali Celebrated? Well, there is a long story of the triumph of truth and goodness behind it. Let us read this sorry together to understand the spiritual concept of the Diwali celebration.
Diwali is a festival of light, joy, and positivity.
Diwali is celebrated in India as a mark of the return of Lord Rama at Ayodhya city after the demolition of demon Ravana and his pride.
The story goes as follows:
When Rama was about to take the oath of coronation, his stepmother Queen Kakayi forced his father, King Dushrath, to ask Rama to go to the jungle for 14 years. She also forced Dushrath to banish Rama from entering any of the states for all those years.
Rama, who was an extremely obedient child, followed the orders of his father. His wife, Sita, and younger brother Lakshman accompanied him. All the residents of Ayodhya were unhappy and angry with the Dushrath and Kakeyi. They offered Rama their support and asked him to stay with them as their king. However, Rama showed patience and perseverance as per his nature and refused to do so.
Rama, Sita, and Lakshman left all the glory and facilities of the palace. They discarded their expensive clothes and ornaments. All three of them lived like saints. They went to different places on their foot.
One day during their stay, Rama and Lakshmana went in search of food. Sita was alone in the hut.
The evil demon Ravana came there in the disguise of a sage. He asked Sita for some alums. When Sita was about to give some food to him, he came back in his original form. He abducted Sita and went to his kingdom, Lanka.
When Rama and Lakshman returned to their hut, they were devastated. Rama met his ardent devotee Lord Hanuman during his search for his wife. Hanumana introduced him to an army of monkeys and bears. Then Rama fought a ferocious war with Ravana and his mighty army with the help of Hanumana and his peers. He freed his wife Sita, and after the completion of 14 years, went back to Ayodhya. When the people of Ayodhya got this news, they become elated. They decorated the city with lamps and colors.
From that day, people from all over the world celebrate Diwali to mark the victory of good over evil. It symbolizes that if you are honest, determined, and kind, then you may win any battle in your life. Resources and conditions will never become constraints in your journey.
So, this is the reason why Diwali is celebrated.
Now, let us know a few more things about the traditions of this day. On Diwali, people meet their friends and family. They wear new clothes. Ladies and young girls put on traditional makeup. People greet each other warmly, forgetting their past differences. They also distribute sweets, pastries, a variety of namkeen(a salted edible mixture made of various grains), and chocolates to each other.
They worship many Gods in the evening, especially Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha. They symbolize prosperity and good luck.
Since we have learned that Diwali is celebrated as the mark of return of Lord Rama, therefore, luck and goodwill are highly associated with this day.
It is believed, that on this day, one should help the persons who are less fortunate than them.
The celebration of Diwali in India is unique. Although it is considered a Hindu festival but folks from all caste, creed, and religion relish it. Diwali strengthens the concept of unity in diversity in India.
It is a day that reminds us of the moral of our lives. Lord Rama shows us the epitome of morality. Diwali is celebrated to remind us that the ultimate goal of our life is to live it full of dignity and ethics. Nothing is more important.
Let us pray to Rama that on every Diwali we could burn a part of a demon residing within our soul and become a sage-like him.
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