Saturday, October 21, 2006

Diwali celebrations-why?


Most of us celebrate diwali, but how many of us know the real reasons behind celebrating this festive time of year? It’s not only about having fun but there are mythical reasons behind celebrating diwali. Like…

1.Goddess Lakshmi’s Birthday: The Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi incarnated on the new moon day (amaavasyaa) of the Kartik month during the churning of the ocean (samudra-manthan), hence the association of Diwali with Lakshmi.

2. Vishnu Rescued Lakshmi: On this very day (Diwali day), Lord Vishnu in his fifth incarnation as Vaman-avtaara rescued Lakshmi from the prison of King Bali and this is another reason of worshipping Ma Larkshmi on Diwali.

3. 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.

4. The Return of the Pandavas: According to the great epic ‘Mahabharata’, it was ‘Kartik Amavashya’ when the Pandavas appeared from their 12 years of banishment as a result of their defeat in the hands of the Kauravas at the game of dice (gambling). The subjects who loved the Pandavas celebrated the day by lighting the earthen lamps.

5. The Victory of Rama: According to the epic ‘Ramayana’, it was the new moon day of Kartik when Lord Ram, Ma Sita and Lakshman returned to Ayodhya after vanquishing Ravana and conquering Lanka. The citizens of Ayodhya decorated the entire city with the earthen lamps and illuminated it like never before.

6. Coronation of Vikramaditya: One of the greatest Hindu King Vikramaditya was coroneted on the Diwali day, hence Diwali became a historical event as well.

7. Special Day for the Arya Samaj:
It was the new moon day of Kartik (Diwali day) when Maharshi Dayananda, one of the greatest reformers of Hinduism and the founder of Arya Samaj attained his nirvana.

8. Special Day for the Jains:
Mahavir Tirthankar, considered to be the founder of modern Jainism also attained his nirvana on Diwali day.

9. 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. In 1619, the sixth Sikh Guru Hargobind, who was held by the Mughal Emperor Jahengir, was released from the Gwalior fort along with 52 kings.

10. 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.

I didn’t know the causes and reasons behind celebrating diwali but after reading this I realized that celebrating the diwali for the heck of it is different but if we know WHY we celebrate diwali it’s another thing…

I hope all of you have a safe diwali – please be careful if you are bursting crackers & those of you are not in honour of the 11/ 7 victims- way to go!
Enjoy and have fun!

12 comments:

Dolly said...

heyy!!
dude who told u all this?? man..nice..thx for increasing my knowledge..byee

rishika said...

xcuse me dolly??...but 3.56 AM??..wht were you doing that late???!!??

shalaka said...

heyyyy!
i repeat wt dolly said, hu told u all dis info? interestin - i thot it ws only d Ramayana thing. cool.. luved it!! thnx a lot.. byeeeeeeeee... i commented on d dream one see dt!

Dolly said...

hi rishi..well it showz d wrong time..so dont follow dat..it say 8:05 am for u..ive neva seen u get up spp early!!(except wen v hv scull)

Menaka said...

hiya dint knw this stuff at all...thx for educating me:D:D just knew the godess lakshmi part...

Anonymous said...

hiya dint knw this stuff at all...thx for educating me:D:D just knew the godess lakshmi part...

Menaka said...

the anonymous is me btw..lol

Radhii said...

Oh my god. You never told me that you ' blogged ' .. Hmm. I was thinking of changing mine to a blogspot thingy. Nahhh.
I always thought Diwali was just some celebration of light and some thingy to do with Ramayana.
I like ure blog !! It's actually got some relevant stuff in it .. heheh !
=)

Radhii said...

okay. correction! I'm changing mine to a blogspot thingy. Woo hoo !

aanchal said...

1st of all rayna man..d stuff uve ritten is soo long..hu d hell reads dat..excpt fer...dolly rishi shallu..radhii..etc..lol...nyws i noe its sum intrestin stuff..bt too lasy to read..nyws ..btw..u idiots...d tym is not u.a.e.its amercan tym!!!!!!!!!omg i cnt belive u ppl..lol...ohh n rayna u shud hav put up d american diwli thng..lol.
muahhh

Anonymous said...

okay i dint no all that stuff...i guess u can call me a NPH...non practising hindu :P! the only one i new was about the sri ram thing...that was point no.5! Damn i need to read up!
Information Post! nice!

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