November 13, 2020

Why Diwali Is Celebrated? Lesser Known Facts, Read Now!

Diwali is an important religious festival originating in India. Many stories are associated with Diwali like Lord Rama returning to Ayodhya, Goddess Durga killing Demon Mahishasura, and Pandavas returning home to Hastinapura. But few people must be knowing about Lord Krishna's victory over Demon Narakaasura.

Narakaasura was born to Varaha an avatar of Vishnu and goddess earth as he was born with the qualities of demon Goddess Earth feared, that he might be killed by Vishnu in the future so she pleaded with Vishnu not to kill Narakaasura at any cost, Vishnu thought for a while and Narakaasura was booned that except his mother no one can kill him. Goddess Earth was happy after hearing the decision and was confident that she would never kill her son(Narakaasura) at any cost.

As the days passed by Narakaasura grew more powerful than before even Indra could not defeat Narakaasura, so the only way was going to Lord Vishnu to protect people from Narakaasura, Lord Vishnu assures them that the end is near for Narakasura soon Lord Vishnu took the avatar of Lord Krishna and Goddess earth was born as Satyabhama, meanwhile, Narakaasura continued his evilness. He tormented(mentally suffering) the Rishis and challenged the kings.

On one such day, he had to face Shri Krishna. Shri Krishna knew that the end of Narakaasura was in the hands of Goddess earth so he did not stop Satyabhama when she wished to watch the battle between Shri Krishna and Narakaasura. The battle between them(Shri Krishna and Narakaasura) started, they both fought fiercely after a while Narakaasura was able to make Shri Krishna unconscious with one of his weapons. Then Satyabham herself fought with Narakaasura. She courageously faced him and aimed arrows at him. 

Satyabhama killed Narakaasura | Demon Narakaasura | Story behind celebrating Diwali
Satyabhama killing Narakaasura

At last, Narakaasura has fallen for the arrows of Satyabhama. That day was called Naraka Chaturdashi(Narak Chaturthi) and people celebrated the occasion with lamps and lights with crackers. The next day is Diwali(Deepavali). The word Diwali means "row of lights" in Sanskrit. The symbol of Diwali is light and oil lamps called Diyas. Diwali is not just celebrated by Hindus but also celebrated by Jains and Sikhs too. 

Some Lesser Facts About Diwali

  • There are a total of 5 days of Diwali  
Day 1:- Dhanteras also called Dhanatroyadashi.
Day 2:- Narka Chaturdashi also called Choti Diwali.
Day 3:- Lakshmi puja also called kali puja.
Day 4:- Padwa also is Hindu New Year.
Day 5:- Bhai Duj, Bhau Beej, Vishwakarma Puja
  • The last Tirthankara of Jains Vartamanam Mahaviram has attained nirvana on this very day.
  • Another name for Diwali is Lakshmi puja. Hindus and Marwadis give a lot of importance to Lakshmi puja. And New Year in fact starts with Diwali.
  • Diwali is not only the festival of Hindus but also the festival of Sikhs and Jains.
  • Diwali honors the Hindu goddess of wealth, Lakshmi. The lights and lamps help goddess Lakshmi find her way into people's homes and bring prosperity to their new year.
  • Rangoli is the most popular on Diwali.
  • In the United Kingdom(UK), the city of Leicester has the largest Diwali celebration outside India.
  • How Goddess Durga Killed Mahishasura on Dusshera, after 20 days of Dusshera Diwali is celebrated (Read More about it..)
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Burning the Demon qualities in ourselves and generating good qualities should be our main focus for growth in life.

Happy Diwali

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