This is a festival celebrated by all beyond caste, creed or religion… This shows our country’s diversified nature..
“Diwali” – festival is known as “Festival of Lights”… In north, people would light lamps would be grand looking the house full of lamps lit… And in evening, they would do Lakshmi pooja…. And I had been a great witness to the celebration in north india at the time of Diwali….. my golden days of 2007…
Moreover, there are many aspects on why this festival is celebrated in a grand way by all the hindus across the globe…
Diwali in religious sense is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains for different reasons. Let me put forth few of the reasons based on each religion. First if we take Hinduism there are about ten interpretations on the history of Diwali. However most of the interpretations have its roots on God Vishnu, his avatars and Goddess Lakshmi. According to Hinduism Lord Vishnu is the God who protects. As per Hindu scriptures he has taken ten avatars to protect this earth namely (let me use simple terms for everyone’s understanding) fish, tortoise, boar, half human half lion, dwarf(vamana), Parasurama (angry sage with axe), Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, Buddha and Kalki.
Let me state a few important historical interpretations of deepavali on the perspective of Hindu mythology.
1.Diwali is considered the day when Lord Rama killed Ravana.
2.Diwali is celebrated as the day when Lord Krishna killed Narakasura who was the king of the demons or asuras.
3.Third interpretation is this day was celebrated as the day where Vishnu in vamana avatar helped Goddess Lakshmi from being a prisoner. This may be one of the reason why Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped during diwali.
4.Fourth interpretation is on this auspicious day Pandavas returned back home after being banished by gauravas.
Apart from Hinduism this day is celebrated as the day in which King Vikramaditya known to be one of the greatest kings in Indian history was crowned to rule our land. Sikhs celebrate this day because it was on this day of festival the first stone of golden temple was laid, moreover on this day the famous sikh guru Harogobind got released from imprisonment. Jains celebrate this day that marks the achievement of nirvana by Mahavir.
Diwali traditions based on religions
Now that we know how diwali came into existence we shall see how Indians celebrate diwali. Diwali is known to be celebrated for around two to four days in most parts of India especially in south. Wheres in north India there is continuous festivity for around five days. Deepavali in south India mostly includes two important celebrations one is deepavali and second is lakshmi puja. The first day i.e., deepavali includes usual festival celebrations which we would see below and the second day i.e., lakshmi puja is puja to goddess of wealth with fasting and prayers. In north diwali is celebrated elaborately for five days each day has its own significance. The first day is called Danteras (worship for wealth to goddess Lakshmi, second day is small (choti) diwali ( marks lord Krishna killing narakasura), third day is Bigger diwali (emphasizing lord Rama killing Ravan), fourth day is Govardhan pooja, fifth is karthika(lighting lamps). Each of these celebration involves prayers, sacrificing food to God, flower and deepa adorations to God.
Sikh celebrate Diwali as Bandi chhorarh divas as a day where guru Harogobind was released from prison and also as the day of commencement of building golden temple in Amristar. On this auspicious day Sikhs would get together to get the blessings of Guru at the temple. Amristar golden temple would be filled by devotees on this day. This days marks significance for Jains for they consider Mahavir to have attained the supreme state called as Nirvana. During Diwali Jains have midnight prayer that extends till day time and they worship earnestly reading the Jain scriptures. These type of Jain diwali celebrations can be witnessed in Gujarat. It is said that Buddists too celebrate diwali as a day where king Ashoka became a buddist. It is important to mention that crackers and fireworks during diwali is quite common to all irrespective of religion.
Apart from the stories n religions behind Diwali, in south the general things which we follow are getting up very early in the morning, take oil bath, wear new dress n crack the crackers for the whole day… would be of so much fun those days… It continues for the children/kids these days too n having a yummmmmmmmy feast with so many sweeets n savouries….. there were lot of family get togethers during this time only… we would meet lots of ppl-our relatives n friends
got from store…
Made by me few yrs back….
We would loooooooong for the festival to come those days..Waiting for the yummy feast since those days all made homemade bhakshanams….
Unforgettable those days were… Thnks to my parents n the whole family for making my golden days a great one!!
P.N:All the pics posted here are mine collected during craft time n festival season… thnk u 🙂