The festival of Lights is here, prepare your homes and get ready to celebrate the festival with all the excitement that you have been pending up inside. The wait is over and now you can definitely meet your loved ones and celebrate the festival if not meet then you can send Diwali gifts to your loved ones. But have you ever wondered what is the meaning behind the rituals? What is the story behind the festival? If you have or are intrigued now then this article can surely answer your questions. To know more keep reading the article.
Amidst all the celebrations and festivals Diwali is an occasion that celebrates light. The festival defeats the darkness and blooms in the luminescence of lights. The country dresses and shines in the darkness and the sky blooms with firecrackers. Every household decorates their houses with lights and Diyas and Rangoli. Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha are worshipped on this day and the day prior to Diwali is said to be one of the most auspicious days. This festival is widely called “the Festivals of Lights”. People of all age groups participate in this festival with gaiety and fervor. But the origin of the story is hardly known by all the history of the festival explains why the day is so significant. If you want to celebrate the festival with the right enthusiasm then you should know about Diwali history. If you are enthusiastic enough to know about it Diwali history then you are at the right place. We will help you to know about the history of the festival with its customs and traditions.
The History and the Mythological Story of the Day
The history of the day takes you back to one of the most important epics of India- the Ramayana. It states how Lord Ram was sent to exile for 14 years by his father, King Dashratha. The impact of Lord Ram going to exile was tremendous in the kingdom of Ayodhya as he was the crown prince who was loved dearly by the people of Ayodhya. The King also loved his son Ram very dearly but he was bound by the promise he made to his wife and the stepmother of Lord Ram. As she wanted to make her son Bharat the King she made the King send his favored son to exile for 14 long years of exile. Lakshman the brother of Lord Ram and Sita the wife of Lord Ram joined him in his exile. While they were on their journey the demon King Raavana charmed by the beauty of Sita abducted her. The heroic rescue of Sita and abolishing the rule of the demon King Raavan becomes the epic of Ramayana. Legend says on the arrival of Lord Ram the people of Ayodhya greeted Ram by lighting rows of lamps. Thus, it was named as Deepavali, ‘deep’ lamp ‘avali’ arrows.
Tracing back to the history of ancient India, Diwali was celebrated as the main harvest festival. But later it began to be celebrated following the Hindu treatise. As per the Hindu almanac or Panjika, Diwali is celebrated on Amavasya, the 15th day of the dark fortnight of the Hindu month of Ashwin, i.e. October or November every year. But the main Diwali festival is a five-day long ritual commencing with Dhanwantari Triodasi or Dhantheras. This day is believed to be one of the most auspicious days. It is believed that one should buy things made of precious or semi-precious metals like copper, bronze, silver, or brass. The third day is Amavasya or the actual event Diwali. In this day Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, and prosperity is worshipped. According to another Hindu mythology, Lakshmi was incarnated on this day, the new moon day of the Kartik month. To balance the forces of nature Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped along with Lord Ganesha. The fifth or last day of Diwali is known as Yama Dvitiya or Bhai Dooj or Bhratri Dooj. This day is marked by the celebration of the sister-brother relationship.
Thousands of myths, legends, stories, traditions, and rituals surround the day but the celebration is a nationwide celebration. Diwali is in a true sense the festival of unity in diversity. It brings people together in spite of religious, cultural, social, or geographical barriers. The way of celebrating Diwali has changed over the period of time. Now Diwali is associated with an exchange of gifts, sweets, fireworks, and much more. But to this day we do this to welcome Lord Ram in our lives and celebrate their arrival in the kingdom of Ayodhya. And not only in India, now Diwali is also celebrated all over the world. People residing outside India find this festival a special occasion to get connected with their homeland, their family, and friends, not physically but emotionally. This is the occasion when they can convey their warm wishes and love by sending Diwali gifts. So, send Diwali gifts to your loved ones and reach out to their hearts during this festival.