Diwali is one of the most famous festivals of the Hindu religion that has been celebrated with much enthusiasm every year. But do you know, what is the reasons of celebrating Diwali?
The five-day Diwali celebration, which is observed in the Kartik month, typically begins with Dhanteras and continues through Govardhan Puja, Bhai Dooj, Lakshmi Pujan, Narak Chaturdashi, and Bhai Dooj. There are many reasons for celebrating Diwali, that you must know. Read this blog till the end!
Why do we celebrate Diwali every year?
India, being a country full of festivals and rituals, Diwali is known to be one of the most excited festivals of all time. It has been celebrated by millions of people of almost every religion for the victory of Lord Rama over the demon Ravana. Besides this, there are several reasons to celebrate Diwali. Thus, we have come up with the top 7 reasons that you must know why you should celebrate Diwali.
1. Celebrating the creation of Goddess Lakshmi
Diwali is commemorated as the day Goddess Lakshmi was created from Samudra Manthan, the churning of the cosmic ocean of milk by the gods and demons, according to the most widely accepted legend. On Diwali eve, Lakshmi picked Vishnu as her spouse, and the two were joined in sacred marriage.
2. The triumph of good over evil
The demon king Narakaasur of Pragjothispura, who had invaded the three worlds and took great pleasure in torturing the beings there, was killed by Lord Krishna on the day before Diwali. 16,000 women were freed from his captivity by Krishna. Two days were dedicated to commemorating this independence, with Diwali serving as a victory festival.
3. Honoring and worshiping Goddess Kali
Diwali is observed as Kali Puja in Eastern India, particularly in West Bengal, in honour of Goddess Kali, who is said to have gone on a destructive rampage to purge the earth of all demons.
4. Adoring five Pandavas
According to the Indian epic “Mahabharata,” the five Pandavas (brothers Yudhishthira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula, and Sahadeva) emerged from their 12 years of exile after being defeated by the Kauravas at the dice game during “Kartik Amavasya” (gambling). The clay lamps were lit as part of the celebration for the day by the subjects who adored the Pandavas.
5. Remembering the mythical emperor Vikramaditya
Vikramaditya, one of the greatest Hindu kings, was crowned on the day of Diwali. The mythical emperor, who may have been a real person or was based on one, is regarded as the ideal monarch because of his generosity, bravery, and support for academics. As a result, Diwali also became a historical occasion.
6. The day Mahavir Tirthankar attained nirvana
On the same day of Diwali, Mahavir Tirthankar—who is regarded as the father of contemporary Jainism—attained nirvana. Mahavira left his family and the royal life to live an ascetic life of fasting and physical penance. He attained the level of Kevala Jnana at the age of 43 and started imparting the Jain doctrine.
7. Celebrating the fresh start of Hindu business persons
Hinduism, the third-largest religion in the world, celebrates its new year on the same day as Diwali. Hindu business people do pujas, open new ledgers of accounts, and settle all debts at this time to begin the new year fresh. This is a good enough reason in and of itself to partake in the celebrations.
Regardless of the reason for Diwali celebration, Diwali is unquestionably a national holiday in India, and regardless of religious affiliation, most Indians take pleasure in the festival’s visual elements.