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10 Reasons to Celebrate Diwali

10 Reasons to Celebrate

Diwali

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

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.

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