Read about the origin, history and celebration of Diwali (Deepavali) in India.
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Diwali in India

Origin and History of Diwali in India

The ancient story about origin of Diwali is different in different regions of India. The most popular story associated with Diwali celebration is the story of Lord Rama. According to this myth during Lord Rama’s stay in forest, his wife Seeta was abducted by Lanka king Ravana. Finally Lord Rama his brother Laxman and disciple Hanuman killed Ravana and brought back Seeta. After defeating Ravana, Lord Rama, Seeta and Laxman went back to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. People of Ayodhya welcomed them by lighting lamps throughout the kingdom. It is believed that Diwali is celebrated every year to mark the victory of good over bad and lighting the lamps symbolizes the happiness and prosperity in life.

Local name: Deepavali

Ways to celeberate Deepavali in India

Whatever be the legends behind the celebrations of Diwali, all the people enjoy festival with the same enthusiasm and merriment. Diwali being the major Hindu festival is celebrated for five days. The first day is known as the ‘Dhanteras’, which means the wealth. This day is known as the most auspicious day thus people buy gold or silver to welcome wealth into their home. The second day is called ‘Narakachaturdashi’ or ‘Choti Diwali’ which is dedicated to lights and special Puja’s. Third day is observed as the main Diwali festival. On this day people welcome wealth into their home by doing festive meals, special Laxmi Puja and by burning crackers to mark the grand celebration of the festival. Finally on fourth and fifth days special Puja’s are done for Lord Krishna and other Gods to seek their blessings for the whole year.