Diwali 2018 - November 07
Diwali also known as Deepavali or Deepawali is one of the most important, hugely waited and immensely cherished festival celebrated across India and in parts of Nepal. Originally, the name was Deepawali, which has its origin from Sanskrit, meaning "Rows of Deep".
Over the years the name has been pronounced as Diwali, especially in Hindi, whereas it still remains Deepawali in Nepali. Diwali also popularly known as “Festival of Lights” is celebrated with great gusto and is observed as an official holiday across India.
More about Diwali
The festival of Diwali is not only significant to Hindus, but, has importance in Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. For Hindus, it is associated with the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya, after his 14 years of exile and victory over the demon Ravana.
On that day, he was welcomed to the kingdom of Ayodhya with rows of Deep, lightened throughout the kingdom. . Thus, there is a tradition of lighting oil lamps that symbolize the victory of good over evil and freedom from spiritual darkness. Know Everything About Diwali and its Significance.
History Of Diwali
Diwali is one of the most important Hindu festivals. Although the main reason for the celebration of Diwali is the return of Rama to Ayodhya
after 14 years of exile and victory over Ravana, history traces back to other important events of significance associated with Diwali.
Return of Rama to Ayodhya According to the Hindu Mythology, it’s believed that after defeating Ravana, Lord Rama, along with his brother Lakshmana and wife, Sita embarked on a journey back and arrived at his kingdom, Ayodhya on the 20th day – the 30th day of the Ashwin month of the Hindu calendar. It took them 20 days to complete the journey to Ayodhya.
The reason it took so long to make the journey was that Ravan’s kingdom was in Lanka, present day Sri Lanka, which lies off the south-eastern coast of India and Ram’s kingdom, Ayodhya, in present day Uttar Pradesh, was in the northern region of India.
This is the reason why Diwali is celebrated 20 days after Dussehra, for it was on this day that Ram, Lakshman and Sita reached Ayodhya. On their return, the delighted people of Ayodhya had illuminated the complete kingdom with clay lamps – “deep” and welcomed them home after a 14-year exile. This was a cause for celebration, and the whole town was a picture of festivities and fervor, relishing and reveling in the victory of Ram over the demon King Ravana. Below is the map depicting Lord Rama, Lakshman and Sita’s journey from Ravan’s Kindom in Lanka to Ayodhya, Rama’s Kingdom.