Celebrate the Triumph of Good Over Evil

Every festival, irrespective of its faith and culture, has an origin-story - a legend so significant that people celebrate it to relive those lost moments. Diwali is no different, with a history as lovely as any fairytale...

BY: Roni Roshni

 

This Diwali, Celebrate the Triumph of Good Over Evil

Every festival, irrespective of its faith and culture, has an origin-story - a legend so significant that people celebrate it to relive those lost moments. Diwali is no different, with a history as lovely as any fairytale….

Once upon a time in the kingdom of Ayodhya, there lived a prince named Rama. Prince Rama, with his brother Laxman and wife Sita, were exiled to the forest for fourteen years. Life in exile was simple yet adventurous until one fateful day Sita was abducted by Ravana, the king of Lanka. After a long journey, Rama and his faithful followers rescued Sita and returned to an Ayodhya alight with diyas and resonant with the sound of firecrackers. It is tale of heroism that would be told and re-told forever as Ramayana, and the day would be observed as Diwali.

While the story of Rama is widely accepted, Diwali, like other Hindu festivals, has other colorful mythologies associated with it. In eastern India it marks the victory of goddess Kali over Bakasura. Another belief is that, on Diwali the goddess of wealth Laxmi, married Lord Vishnu.

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