Diwali is a Hindu festival but, like all major festivals, it is not limited to people of Hindu faith. It is an Indian festival in actual sense. There are various reasons or incidents behind the celebration of Diwali.
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- The biggest one is related to Ramayana, the great Indian epic. Circumstances forced Ram to undergo a forest exile along with wife Sita and brother Ram. One day, the demon king Ravan abducted Sita after he fell in love with her beauty. Ram was forced to wage a war against Ravan to free Sita from his clutches. After a long war, Ram ultimately turned victorious after killing Ravan. When Ram, Sita and Laxman returned victorious to Ayodhya after 14 y ears, people welcomed them in a grand manner by lighting lamps, decorating the city, bursting crackers, etc. Hence, Ram’s return to Ayodhya is said to be the start of Diwali as each year on that day people celebrated the festival.
- There is another very similar theory about the origin of Diwali in relation to another great Indian epic Mahabharata. The Pandavas were forced to wage a war against their wicked cousins Kaurawas. After defeating their enemies when Pandavas returned to their city Hastinapur, the locals celebrated the occasion with much aplomb which marked the start of Diwali.
- It is also believed that Goddess Kali emerged from the forehead of Goddess Durga to save the earth from the demons. However, she lost her sense of control and started killing anyone randomly. She stopped only when Lord Shiva intervened. This incident is marked as Kali Puja at the same time as Diwali.
- There is another theory which states that once Gods and Demons desired to live forever and for that they churned the ocean to seek immortality. To stop them, Goddess Durga rose up from the ocean. Later, Lord Vishnu married her. Their marriage is marked as the celebration of Diwali.
Here’s wishing each and everyone a Very Happy Diwali. Well, we all wish each other ‘Happy Diwali’ but Diwali can be considered happy only if it is unpolluted. Each year, the level of air and noise pollution reaches sky high during Diwali due to various types of fire crackers. When we harm earth or mother nature in such a ghastly manner, we can’t be having a Happy Diwali by any means. It not only destroys nature and spreads various diseases, it creates hell for the animals. My sincere request to all of you is to have literally a Happy Diwali. This is the festival of lights so just light up someone’s life, be it anybody. Lighting up people’s life gives many times more pleasure than polluting the environment.