Deepavali is the biggest and brightest festival of all Hindu festivals. Deepavali is one of the lavishly and most celebrated festivals in India that is marked by lights and fireworks everywhere. People share sweets and gifts in this day and also exchange warm greetings to express their love and gratitude to their close dear ones. The festival epitomizes splendor and mirth with the lightning of diyas and lanterns and bursting of crackers that shun the darkness around and makes way for dawning of success and prosperity. The festival of deepavali 2014 has certain history and significance that should be known by each and every Indian.
The festival has certain historical and spiritual significance and people worship Goddess Lakshmi on the auspicious day. We hereby flourish you with the history and significance of Deepavali or Deepavali.
History of Deepavali Festival:
History of Deepavali festival was tracked back from the ancient India at that time it is celebrated as an important harvest festival. Diwali is derived from the Sanskrit word “Deepavali” means “Rows of Lamps”. Deepavali (Divali, Dipawali, Deepavali, Dipabali) is a very ancient festival of physical and spiritual light celebrated on 15th day “New Moon Day” of the Hindu month of Kartika. The Padma Purana & Skanda Purana has mentioned the significance of Deepavali as a festival of lights and therefore lamps and diyas are lightened during this festival. The history and significance (spiritual) of Deepavali has different stories in different religions. In Hinduism, it mainly honors the return of Lord Rama, Goddess Sita and Lord Lakshmana from their exile according to the epic Ramayana. It also marks the historical significance of the victory of Lord Rama over demon king Ravana. Some Hindus celebrate the return of pandavas from their 12 years of exile and 1 year of agyatavas according to the epic Mahabharata. Thus the history of Deepavali is very interesting one.
Based on the history and significance of the festival of Deepavali people worship different deities according to their religion. In West Bengal goddess Kali is deified and the festival is celebrated as Kali Puja. In north central region, Lord Krishna is worshipped while in some parts offerings are paid to Lord Ganesha. In Jainism Lord Mahavira is worshipped while Sikhs celebrate this festival as Bandi Choorh Divas as it marks the day when Guru Har Gobind Ji freed Hindu rulers and himself from Gwalior fort and from the prison of Mughal emperor Jahangir and arrived at the sacred Golden temple of Amritsar. In all these religion the significance of greetings for Diwali is different and all these people celebrates Deepavali according to the history.
Well this is the History of the festival of the light Diwali. We as a Indian must aware about the history and significance of the biggest festival of India. Hopefully, you like my article on significance of the festival of Diwali. For any suggestion or comment write in a section below: