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Significance, Worship and History of Diwali in Hinduism

Anfostar Team Sat Oct 15, 2022
Significance, Worship and History of Diwali in Hinduism
Significance, Worship and History of Diwali in Hinduism

Diwali is celebrated in the honor of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.

The religious significance of Diwali depends on Hindu philosophy, regional myths, legends, and beliefs.

It is told in the ancient Hindu text 'Ramayana' that, many people consider Deepawali to honor the return of Lord Rama and wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana after 14 years of exile.

According to other ancient Hindu epics, the Mahabharata, some consider Diwali as a symbol of the return of the Pandavas after 12 years of exile and 1 year of exile. Many Hindus consider Deepawali to be associated with Lakshmi, the wife of Lord Vishnu and the goddess of celebration, wealth and prosperity.

The five-day festival of Deepawali begins on the birthday of Lakshmi, born from the churning of the cosmic ocean of milk by the gods and demons. The night of Diwali is the day when Lakshmi chose Vishnu as her husband and then married him.

Along with Lakshmi, the devotee symbolizes Ganesha, the remover of obstacles; Saraswati, symbol of music, literature; and offer prasad to the wealth manager Kubera, some celebrate Diwali as the day of Vishnu's return to Vaikuntha. It is believed that Lakshmi remains happy on this day and those who worship her on that day stay away from mental and physical sorrows during the year ahead.

In the eastern region of India, Orissa and West Bengal, Hindus worship Kali instead of Lakshmi, and this festival is called Kali Puja.

In Mathura and North Central regions, it is considered to be associated with Lord Krishna. In other regions, the feast of Govardhan Puja (or Annakoot) consists of 56 or 108 different delicacies offered to Krishna and shared by the local community.

In some western and northern parts of India, the festival of Diwali marks the beginning of a new Hindu year.

There are different reasons or stories behind the practice of lighting the lamp. According to Ram devotees, on the day of Deepawali, the king of Ayodhya, Rama returned to Ayodhya after killing the tyrannical king of Lanka, Ravana.

Even today people celebrate this festival in the joy of their return. The people of Krishna Bhaktidhara believe that on this day Lord Krishna killed the tyrannical king Narakasura.

The killing of this dastardly demon spread immense joy among the people and people filled with happiness lit lamps of ghee. According to a legend, Vishnu had killed Hiranyakashyapa by taking the form of Narasimha and on this day Lakshmi Vaidhanvantari appeared after churning the ocean.

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