Diwali is a “Festival of Light” in India. It is also celebrated by the name of Diwali “Deepawali”. This is the biggest festival of Hindu religion. This festival is celebrated every year in October-November.
Dryslate collected some interesting facts about Diwali that you must know.
- Diwali is the main festival of Hindus. Hinduism is a major religion of India and it is considered the oldest religion in the world.
- It is celebrated every year on the fifteenth day of the ‘Kartik’ month according to Hindu Calendar.
- This festival is celebrated in honor of Goddess Lakshmi of wealth and prosperity.
- This festival symbolizes the triumph of “Light over Darkness”.
- This festival is India’s largest and famous festival and it is celebrated for five days, first day started from Dhanteras and ends on Bhai-Dooj Festival.
- This festival is celebrated in other countries also like Trinidad and Tobago, Myanmar, Nepal, Mauritius, Guyana, Singapore, Suriname, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Fiji.
- It is considered to be the beginning of the new year at some places in India.
- In Orissa and West Bengal, beside Goddess Lakshmi people pray Goddess Kali and this festival is called Kali Pooja.
- On the day of Deepawali, the King of Ayodhya, Shri Ram, had returned to Ayodhya after killing Ravana. This festival is celebrated on the arrival of Lord Rama and mother Sita after 14 years of exile.
- Lord Krishna devotees believes that on this day Lord Krishna killed the demon ‘Narakasur’.
- According to sacred scriptures, on the day of Deepawali Lord Vishnu defeated Hiranyakashyap by holding Narasimha Rupa.
- According to Jainism, Mahavir Swami’s nirvana day is in diwali. Jain celebrates the light of Mahavira to mark the realization of salvation.
- Diwali is important for Sikhs because on this day the foundation of Golden Temple in Amritsar was done in 1577.