The Festival of Lights: Diwali

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The Festival of Lights: Diwali

Diwali, popularly known as the festival of lights, is one of the most popular festivals of India and is one of the biggest festivals of Hindus. The festival celebrates the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. Image source: aboutfestivalsofindia.com

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The Festival of Lights: Diwali
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The Festival of Lights: Diwali

It is believed that on this day, lord Rama, his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana returned to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. Lord Rama returned victorious by defeating Ravana. People welcomed Rama, Sita and Laksmana by lighting up lamps and diyas; so, since that day, Diwali is celebrated as the festival of lights. Image source:iskconpune.in

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The Festival of Lights: Diwali

It is also believed that Diwali is celebrated to mark the return of the Pandavas after 12 years of vanvas and one year of agyatvas. Image source: i.imgur.com

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The Festival of Lights: Diwali

Diwali is also linked to the worship of goddess Lakshmi. It is said that Diwali begins on the day Lakshmi was born from the churning of the ocean of milk. It was during the fight between the good and evil forces when Lakshmi was born. On the night of Diwali, Lakshmi married lord Vishnu. Image source: 3.bp.blogspot.com

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The Festival of Lights: Diwali

Sikhs worship Guru Har Gobind Ji on this day to commemorate Guru Har Gobind freeing himself and the other Hindu kings from Jehangir. The brightly lit Golden Temple is worth seeing on the day of Diwali. Image source: indiannewslink.co.nz

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The Festival of Lights: Diwali

Deities such as Kali, Saraswati, Ganesha and Kubera are also worshipped on the day of Diwali. In West Bengal, goddess Kali is worshipped and the festival is celebrated as Kali Puja. Image source: shreekaalimatamandirdwarka.org

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The Festival of Lights: Diwali

In some parts of India, Diwali also marks the beginning of a new Hindu year. Image source: theknotstory.com

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The Festival of Lights: Diwali

Jains believe that lord Mahavira attained moksha on this day, and they thus remember Mahavira at Diwali. Image source: pimg.tradeindia.com

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The Festival of Lights: Diwali

In Kerala, Diwali is celebrated to mark the victory of lord Krishna over the demon Narakasura. It depicts the victory of good over evil. Image source: 4.bp.blogspot.com

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