Diwali is one of the most widely celebrated and one of the most cheerful festivals of India. Every year, this is the one festival which is the most awaited and does require a lot of arrangements to be made which are usually set in motion around 2-3 months before the big date! We do celebrate Diwali with full enthusiasm but do we know all the reasons for celebrating this auspicious festival.
Well, we have complied below a list of top 9 reasons of celebrating Diwali. Dig in below to check out on what you’ve been missing.
1. Birthday of Goddess Lakshmi:
On the Amavasya (new moon) of the Kartik month, goddess Lakshmi incarnated on the new moon. This is said to happen during the Samudra-Manthan. Thus, the day of Diwali is also the day when Goddess Lakshmi was born.
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2. The Return of Ram to Ayodhya after victory:
We all are familiar to the famous Ramayana. According to this, Lord Ram, Ma Sita, and Lakshman fought a war with Ravana and defeated him. After conquering Lanka, it was on this day that they returned to Ayodhya. It explains the concept of lighting on Diwali. People of Ayodhya decorated the entire city and lit oil lamps as a sign of happiness of the happy return of the three.
3. Significant day for the Sikhs:
The day of Diwali is institutionalized as the ‘Red-letter Day’ by the third Sikh Guru Amar Das as the day on which all the Sikhs would come together to receive the guru’s blessings.
4. Arya Samaj:
One of the lesser known facts is that on this day, one of the greatest reformers of Hinduism, Maharishi Dayananda attained his nirvana. He was also the founder of the Arya Samaj.
The founder of the modern Jainism, Mahavir Tirthankar also attained his nirvana on the day of Diwali.
6. Coronation of Vikramaditya:
Vikramaditya who is known as one the greatest Hindu king was coronated on this day of Diwali. Because of this, Diwali became a memorable day, and we celebrate Diwali with this being one of the reason.
The day of Diwali is also the day when the Pandavas returned home after they were banished for 12 years because they lost to the Kauravas in gambling. In their welcome, their loved ones lit lamps and decorated everything.
8. The killing of Narakasur by Lord Krishna:
Lord Krishna killed this evil king Narakaasur a day before Diwali and captured the many women who were held, hostage. The celebration of the defeat of Narakaasur went on for 2 days, including Diwali.
9. Lakshmi was rescued by Vishnu
We worship Lakshmi on every Diwali. One of the reasons behind that is that on this day, Lord Vishnu (as Vamana-avatar) rescued Lakshmi from King Bali.
So, these were the top 9 reasons to celebrate Diwali, in case you were unaware of any.