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...
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.
The significance of diyas or lanterns in Diwali (also known as Deepawali) is hidden in its name. Deepawali can be broken into deep (meaning light) and avali (meaning rows of). On the night of Diwali, houses are decorated with earthen lamps, candles, and today's decorations also include rows of LED lights. When observed from a height, it feels as if millions of stars have fallen on Earth to light it up with their golden luminescence.
Bursting of firecrackers is a mandatory Diwali tradition, symbolizing a way to ward off evil and bring prosperity. Another famous Diwali ritual is Rangoli, which involves drawing colorful designs on house entrances to welcome the goddess of wealth, Laxmi. It’s amazing how Diwali fills the daylight with colors and the darkness with light.
The celebrations range over the last 5 days of the Hindu calendar month, Ashwin. Each day has a different deity and different pujas. It is the beauty of the Hindu religion that people believe in many gods and goddesses and never forget to pray and honor them.