This is the one festival I just love in India. The festival brings in the happiness, joy and togetherness.
This festival has no bounds – all categories of people – rich & poor – people of all religions celebrate this festival with immense happiness and zest.
Deepavali – deepa means light and avali means row… Basically what we (all most all Indians – no matter in India or abroad) do – light earthen diyas (lamps) in and around our homes/offices.
The homes of – rich or poor – just looks like the newly wed bride (nayi naveli dulhan) – so beautiful, so charming…
We exchange sweets, burst crackers (now many don’t as some are becoming environmentalists :)), buy new clothes, and give gifts to the loved ones. For me what Deepavali means – lights, color, happiness, smiles all around 🙂 .
There is always a legend (s) behind any festival in India. There are several legends behind Deepavali too…
The most famous legend associated with the Deepavali is the return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya. Lord Ram was sent to exile by his stepmother for 14 years in the jungle. His wife Sita and younger brother Lakshman also accompanied him. In the jungle, Ravan – king of Lanka – kidnapped Sita. Lord Ram with the help of God Hanuman and monkey king Sugvir killed Ravan and rescued Sita. After killing Ravan and completing his period of exile, Lord Ram returned to Ayodhya and to celebrate his comeback the people of Ayodhya decorated their houses, exchanged sweets and ignited firecrackers. Since that day Diwali came to be celebrated in order to commemorate the coming back of Lord Ram.
According to another legend associated with the Deepavali, on this particular Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity incarnated. She incarnated due to the churning of the ocean, which came to be known as the incident of ‘Samundra Manthan’, by the demons as well as the deities.
Another famous Deepavali story talks about the killing of demon Narkasura by Satyabhama with the support of Lord Krishna. Narkasura once defeated Lord Indra, the king of heaven and also snatched away the earrings of Mother Goddess Aditi, who was a relative of Satyabhama. On hearing this news Satyabhama got very furious and asked for Lord Krishna’s help for killing the demon, who readily agreed. Thus deamon narkasura was killed. No matter what the legend but the festival of lights is celebrated with much enthusiasm and zeal in all over the country by people of all religions.
As beautifully said by the famous poet Rabindranath Tagore ~ “The night is black Kindle the lamp of LOVE With thy life and devotion.”
Happy deepavali to one and all…. 🙂