Reasons Why People Celebrate Diwali in Such A Wonderful Way

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Ever wondered why people commemorate the Diwali festival? It is not merely the festive and celebratory spirit that makes people happy and joyful, or only an excellent opportunity to savor Diwali gifts and goodies before the arrival of the winter season. There are ten mythological and factual speculations why the Diwali festival is a fabulous time to rejoice. However, these reasons are not just good enough for people of the Hindu faith but others as well to revel in this glorious and magnificent festival.

The Birthday of Dryad Lakshmi: 

Lakshmi is the dryad of prosperity and abundance and the wife of Lord Vishnu, one among the important gods and goddesses of the Hindu faith, the Greatest Entity in the Vaishnavism Culture. As per mythicism, she was initially personified on the Amavasya or the new moon day of the Kartik month during the Samudra-Manthan or mixing of the seas. Lakshmi is among the most prevalent of dryads and is therefore actively linked with the festival.

Vishnu Liberated Lakshmi:

It is assumed that on the day of Diwali, Lord Vishnu camouflaged in his fifth epitome as The Dwarf or Vaman-avatar extricated Goddess Lakshmi from the penitentiary of the evil King Bali. This is considered another justification for exalting Dryad Lakshmi during the festive season.

Krishna Annihilated Narakaasur:

According to the legend, on the day heralding Diwali, Lord Krishna exterminated the evil king of Pragjothispura, Narakaasur. The latter had overrun the three realms, reaping great delight in tormenting the creatures there. Krishna released sixteen thousand women from his imprisonment. The commemoration of their liberation continued for two full days incorporating the day of Diwali as a triumph celebration. The second day of the festival is also known as Naraka Chaturdasi.

The Retreat of the Pandavas: 

As per the famous legend of ‘Mahabharata,’ it was ‘Amavasya’ of the Kartik month when the Pandav brothers returned from their long twelve years of exile as a consequence of their loss at the hands of the Kauravs in the dice game or gambling. The people who cherished the Pandavas commemorated this day by igniting the diyas or earthen lamps.

The Triumph of Lord Ram: 

As per the classic legend ‘Ramayan,’ it is assumed to be the new moon day of the Kartik month when Lord Ram and his wife Sita and brother Lakshman came back to Ayodhya after defeating the evil king Ravan and winning Lanka. Ayodhya’s inhabitants embellished the whole city with the diyas or earthen lamps and lit up the city like never done previously. People nowadays honor the festival to celebrate Lord Ram’s triumph with a delicious Diwali cake.

Crowning of King Vikramaditya: 

Vikramaditya was one of the most powerful and renowned Hindu kings and was crowned on Diwali’s day. This legendary ruler, who might have transpired to be a factual personality or probably based on an individual, is considered the perfect king, remembered for his kindness, bravery, and scholars’ encouragement. Hence, Diwali has turned out to be a historical phenomenon as well.

A Distinguished Day for the Arya Samaj: 

Maharshi Dayanand was a nineteenth-century scholar and one of Hinduism’s greatest reformers and the Arya Samaj’s founding father. He attained Moksha or Nirvana on the new moon day of the Kartik month, which is also Diwali day. His primary purpose was to urge humanity to treat each other as brothers and sisters by the practices of generosity and nobility.

Distinctive Day for the Jains: 

Similar to Maharshi Dayanand, Lord Mahavir, the final Tirthankar, deemed to be the originator of contemporary Jainism, also achieved Moksha or Nirvana on the day of Diwali. Mahavira renounced his aristocratic world and abandoned his home and family to develop into an ascetic with fasting and physical disciplines. At forty-three years of age, he attained the position of Kevala Jnana and commenced preaching the ideology of Jainism.

An Important Day for the Sikhs: 

For the Sikh community, Diwali is of the utmost importance. Their third Guru, Guru Amar Das, regularized Diwali as a great day when all the Sikhs would assemble to take blessings from the Gurus. The foundation of the Golden Temple at Amritsar was set on the day of Diwali, in 1577. In 1619, Guru Hargobind, the sixth Sikh Guru, held captive by the Mughal Ruler Jahangir, was liberated on Diwali. The Sikhs celebrate this day with great enthusiasm and loads of Diwali sweets.

Diwali Speech by The Pope: 

In 1999, at an Indian church, Pope John Paul II conducted an extraordinary Eucharist where the tabernacle was adorned with unique Diwali lamps, the Pope donned a ’tilak’ imprinted on his forehead, and his talk abounded with an association to the Diwali festival.

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