Why do we celebrate Diwali?
Diwali basically marks the victory of good over evil. There are many significant mythical and historical reasons to celebrate Diwali. And there are reasons not just for Hindus but also for all others to celebrate this great Festival of Lights.
Lets look at the main reasons; why do we celebrate diwali :-
11 Reasons to celebrate Diwali
- Birth of Goddess Lakshmi: The Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi incarnated during samudra-manthan (churning of the ocean). It was amavasya of the Kartik month hence; we perform lakshmi puja on Diwali.
- Vishnu Rescued Lakshmi: On this very day, Vaman (Fifith avatar of lord Vishnu) rescued Lakshmi from the prison of King Bali. This is another reason of worshipping Ma Lakshmi on Diwali.
- Ram and Sita returned Ayodhya: According to Ramayana, Lord Ram killed Ravana on Dussehra. He returned with Ma Sita and Lakshman to Ayodhya on Kartik Amavasya. Hence, people of Ayodhya decorated the entire city with lamps and welcomed Lord Ram.
- Krishna Killed Narakaasur: On the day preceding Diwali, Lord Krishna killed the demon king Narakaasur and rescued 16,000 women from his captivity. The celebration of this freedom went on for two days including the Diwali day as a victory festival.
- The Return of the Pandavas: According to Mahabharata, Pandavas appeared from their 12 years of exile on this day.
- Special Day for the Arya Samaj: It was the new moon day of Kartik (Diwali day) when Maharshi Dayanand, one of the greatest reformers of Hinduism and the founder of Arya Samaj attained his nirvana.
- Special Day for the Jains: Mahavir Tirthankar, considered to be the founder of modern Jainism also attained his nirvana on Diwali day.
- Special Day for the Sikhs: The third Sikh Guru Amar Das institutionalized Diwali as a Red-Letter Day when all Sikhs would gather to receive the Gurus blessings. In 1577, the foundation stone of the Golden Temple at Amritsar was laid on Diwali.
- The Pope’s Diwali Speech: In 1999, Pope John Paul II performed a special Eucharist in an Indian church where the altar was decorated with Diwali lamps, the Pope had a ‘tilak’ marked on his forehead and his speech was bristled with references to the festival of light.
- The Harvest Festival: Diwali is also a harvest festival in India. Diwali falls around the months of October or November, which is the season when fresh rice is widely available.
- Hindu New Year day: This day all the business men change their diaries, marking as a new financial year for their business actions