𝑫𝒊𝒘𝒂𝒍𝒊 – 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑭𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒗𝒂𝒍 𝒐𝒇 𝑳𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕𝒔
🎇Diwali or Deepavali has been celebrated since time immemorial by millions across the globe.
🎇Derived from the Sanskrit word, “Deep” (lamp) and “Avali” (line or a row), it beautifully translates into: Rows of Lights.
🎇In simple words, it is the Christmas or a Chinese New Year equivalent for the Hindus and is celebrated during the holy Hindu lunisolar month of Karthika.
𝑾𝒉𝒚 𝒅𝒐 𝒘𝒆 𝒄𝒆𝒍𝒆𝒃𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝑭𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒗𝒂𝒍?
– It is believed that on this day Lord Ram returned to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile with his wife Goddess Sita and his dear brother Lakshman, after defeating the Demon King Ravan.
– Lord Hanuman joyously announced their return and the people of Ayodhya rejoiced as they were pining for their king.
– The tradition of bursting fire works and lighting lamps was to celebrate this good news and welcome their return.
– Another Reason Diwali is celebrated is to celebrate the Birthday of Goddess Lakshmi (Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity).
– This is also the day Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi met. On this auspicious day, Hindus pray to the elephant headed Lord Ganesha to remove all obstacles and to impart wisdom.
– Legend says that on this day, Lord Krishna defeated the cruel Demon Narakasura with his wife Goddesses Satyabhama and won back the heavens for the Gods.
𝑻𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒋𝒐𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒔 𝒇𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒗𝒂𝒍 𝒔𝒚𝒎𝒃𝒐𝒍𝒊𝒔𝒆𝒔:
✨Triumph of good over evil
✨Light over darkness
✨Knowledge over ignorance
The lamp symbolises the inner light that wards off spiritual darkness. May the lights of Diwali illuminate and brighten everyone’s path with good health, peace, joy and prosperity.
(11 year-old Aarav enjoys writing on Hindu mythology)