Everyone waits for Diwali or Deepavali festival, as it is the celebration of joy and togetherness. It is the biggest festival of Hindus. In general, Deepavali means “row of lights” (“Deep” is lights and “avail” is row). This festival is celebrated for four continuous days, wherein the houses brighten up with traditional and electrical lights. There is enjoyment and freshness in the atmosphere during Diwali.
History and Implication of Diwali
History of Diwali dates back to the ancient India, where this festival was celebrated as harvest festival. But, the legends narrate different story. It is said that Diwali is the festivity of nuptials of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu. Diwali is devoted to Mother Kali’s worship in Bengal that is regarded as the dark deity of power.
Another legend speaks of Lord Rama’s return accompanying Sita and brother Lakshman after his exile of fourteen years and defeating King Ravana. It is supposed that people welcomed and enjoyed Lord Rama’s return lighting diyas and bursting of crackers.
Diwali is celebrated for four long days. According to the mythology, the first day is celebrated as Naraka Chaturdasi, which signifies that every day of Diwali has its own tale of conquering the demon Naraka by Lord Shri Krishna along with wife Satyabhama.
As Amavasya is also related to Lord Vishnu’s story in which he vanquished Bali in his incarnation of dwarf and sent him to hell. From that day Bali was granted permission to go back to earth on this day to ward off ignorance and darkness by lighting lamps and unfold the light of happiness. This day falls on the third Diwali day and is known as Kartika Shudda Padyami.
The last and the fourth day of Diwali is known as Bhai Dooj. On this day, brothers are invited by sisters for feast and pray for their brother’s long life and prosperity.
People exchange gifts and send flowers to Dehradun to their relatives.