Diwali, the festival of light, is celebrated with great zeal all over India. Now that Indians are put up in almost all parts of the globe, Diwali is celebrated all over the world. The most important and enthusiastic part of this celebration is lighting up diya (lamps). Foodies can also cheer up; Diwali comes up with delicious sweets! Unlike many other regional festivals, Diwali is celebrated all over India, the way of celebrations are different though. But why these celebrations and what is the significance of this festival, have you ever thought of it? Diwali is the celebration of the victory of good over bad. There are numerous legends associated with this festival and almost all of them propagate this message. Narrating all those stories is next to impossible because there are numerous stories and each story has variations. Let us have look at the most important stories associated with Diwali. Read on.
Diwali Legends And Stories
Diwali And Goddess Lakshmi
Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, is believed to be incarnated on the new moon day (amavasya) of the Kartik month, while the Devas and Asuraschurnedocean (samudra-manthan) to obtainAmruth (the nectar of immortality).
Diwali And Lord Krishna
The legends say that Narakasura was a demon who ruled the kingdom of Pradyoshapuram. He was a devotee of Lord Brahma and did intemperate meditation and pleased Lord Brahma, who blessed him that no one else than his mother BhoomiDevi (Goddess earth) could kill him. Empowered with immortality in disguise, Narakasura started harassing human beings and even devas. Indra, the King of Gods, complained to Lord Vishnu and he promised to find a way out. In his next Incarnation as Lord Krishna, he married Satyabhama, an incarnation of Goddess Earth. Krishna made Satyabhama as his charioteer during the battle with Narakasura. During the encounter, Krishna got hit by Narakasura's arrow and fell unconscious. Furious Satyabhama, killed Narakasura with her arrow.
Diwali And Pandavas
Diwali is connected to the great epic Mahabharatha too. According to the epic, it was on this day that Pandavas returned to their kingdom after twelve years of exile on KartickAmavasya. The subjects, who respected and loved the Pandavas,lit earthen lamps all over the city to welcome their heroes.
Diwali And Lord Rama
It is believed that it is during this day that Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after killing the demon Ravana, who kidnapped Sita, Rama's wife. The people of Ayodhya arranged a grand welcome for their brave prince Rama, his wife Sitaand his beloved brother Laxmana by decorating the kingdom with large number of lighted lamps.
In a country with rich tradition like Indiahas legionlegends to tell its subjects, Diwali is a associated with innumerable legends. Mentioned above are important ones among them. And all of them, invariably, tell you that the good wins ultimately.