Date: 30th October, 2016
It was a moonless and dark night when Lord Rama, the evicted king of Ayodhya came back home after 14 years, together with his wife Site after quelling the cruel demon, Ravana (King of Lanka who abducted Lord Rama’s wife Sita). To celebrate the homecoming of their king, the people of Ayodhya lit the path of Lord Rama with glinting oil lamps. Therefore began the ritual of beautifying homes with clay oil lamps to mark the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and the four day celebration came to be known as ‘Deepavali’ or ‘Diwali’ that means ‘rows of lamps’.
The grand festival lights up the country with its gleam and glimmer, and dazzles all with its elation and joy. Infused with good luck and prosperity, Diwali is celebrated in the Hindu month of Ashwayuja and it primarily takes place in the month of October/November. It is one such Indian festival that brings positivity, jauntiness and spread happiness everywhere.Legends of Deepawali
Emergence of The Goddess Lakshmi
On Deepawali evening, Hindus and Sikhs adore Goddess Mahalakshmi with great dedication as she is considered as the donor of prosperity and wealth. According to Hindu folklore, it is believed that when the deities and demons were roiling the ocean in unison to find out the immortality drink. Therefore, the festival of Diwali is celebrated to rejoice the birth of the Goddess Lakshmi.
The Victory of Lord Rama
When Lord Rama returned back home after 14 years alongwith his wife and brother after drubbing the demon king Ravana, people greeted them with full fervor. To celebrate the victory of Lord Rama, people of Ayodhya irradiated the entire kingdom with oil lamps and burst crackers.
The first day of Deepawali is known as ‘Dhanteras’. People with full zest; beautify their workplaces and homes with charming rangolis designs to welcome the Goddess Lakshmi. Candles and lamps are lit and a puja is performed on this auspicious day for prosperity and wealth.
Lighting of Diyas
Lightning diyas is an important ritual that signifies the triumph of good over darkness. On this propitious day, people clean and adorn their homes with exquisite rangolis, sparkling clay diyas, and illuminating candles. The gleaming rays of diyas celebrate the triumph of good over evil.
Diwali brings a lot of happiness and exchange of gifts amid loved ones infuse the celebration with lots of cheerfulness and exhilaration. Gifting is an integral part of this grand fest and people indulge into shopping spree as it is connected with prosperity. The basic idea behind the tradition of gifts exchange is to strengthen the feeling of affection, care and love. Through gifts, people convey their respect, appreciation, blessings and love for their loved ones.