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10 Reasons to Celebrate Diwali

Why do we celebrate Diwali? It’s not just the festive mood in the air that makes you happy, or just that it’s a good time to enjoy before the advent of winter. There are 10 mythical and historical reasons why Diwali is a great time to celebrate. And there are good reasons not just for Hindus but also for all others to celebrate this great Festival of Lights.

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.

courtesy:Hinduism

October 25, 2011 - Posted by | ગમતી વાતો

4 Comments »

  1. ખૂબ સુંદર
    બને તો ગુજરાતી ભાષાંતર મૂકશો

    Comment by pragnaju | October 25, 2011

  2. આદરણીય શ્રી વિશ્વદીપભાઈ ,

    બસ ૨૦૬૮નું વર્ષ આપને અને સમગ્ર કુટુંબીજનો અને મિત્ર મંડળને પણ વિશેષ

    લાભદાયી અને હર્ષના હિલ્લોળા ફરકાવતું વીતે તેમજ સર્વ પ્રવૃતિઓ અને વેપાર વણજ

    ક્ષેત્રે હિમાલય સરકી ઉચાઈને આબે તેવી પ્રાર્થના સાથે ખોબલો ભરીને વર્ષાભિનંદન

    Comment by પરાર્થે સમર્પણ | October 26, 2011

  3. શ્રી વિશ્વદીપજી
    સુંદર સંકલન. વિવિધતા ભર્યો અન્નકૂટ.
    આપને હાર્દિક શુભેચ્છાઓ.

    રમેશ પટેલ(આકાશદીપ)

    Comment by nabhakashdeep | October 30, 2011

  4. I may be bit late in reply here. However I think point 2 is backward. It was Lakshmi who rescued Vishnu from Bali (not other way round)

    Whole story goes like this:
    After talking 3 step land from Bali, lord Vishnu sent Bali to Patallok and agreed to be is door keeper (Darwan). Then lakshmi visits Bali at PatalLok and ties Rakhi to him. In return favor she ask for freedom for Lord Vishnu.

    Comment by matrubhumi | December 27, 2011


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