10 Reasons to Celebrate Diwali
10 Reasons to Celebrate
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
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
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
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
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.