Diwali or Deepavali is celebrated with great enthusiasm and delight in India and around the world. Diwali is the abbreviation of the Sanskrit word ‘Deepavali', which means ‘Rows of Light’. This festival is celebrated at the end of the rainy season and the beginning of the winter season. According to Hindu calendar, this festival falls every year on Amavasya in the month of Kartik. This festival is a five day festival which starts with Dhanteras, Choti Diwali, Lakshmi Puja, Gowardhan Puja and then Bhai Dauj.
Diwali 2012 Date - November 13, 2012
Diwali festival brings with it endless bestow of gifts and sweets which actually multiplies its charisma. The real meaning of Diwali festival is to create the feel-good factor in a country gripped by evil forces like corruption, violence, poverty, unemployment and terrorism. It is about time, some divine power had taken reins in his hands and we hope for the best.
History of Diwali -
Deepavali is a great festival in this culture India and it has many beliefs. Diwali has strong roots with our Indian tradition. There are many historical reasons behind the celebrations of Diwali festival.
According to the ‘Ramayana', Lord Shri Rama, his wife Sita and his loyal brother Laxman returned to Ayodhya after 14 long years of exile after killing the ten headed Ravana who abducted Sita. They were greeted and welcomed by the lighting of lamps by the people of Ayodhya. That is where the event started and so every year, lamps are lit to signify that yet again, good has overcome bad.
One of the famous stories behind the celebrations of Diwali is demon king Narakasur, the ruler of Pragjyotishpur. Lord Krishna destroyed Narakasur the demon and liberated the world from a rule of terror from this horrible demon. This day of Diwali festival is also known as Narak Chaturdasi.
There is importance of Diwali festival in the Sikh community. This festival is celebrated with great fervor and zeal. On this day, the sixth Guru, Guru Har Govind ji came back from the detention of the fort of Gwalior city. The people illuminated lamps in the way to Shri Harmandir Sahib, which is also known as ‘the Golden Temple', to honor and welcome their sixth Guru.
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