Diwali is the five-day festival of lights, celebrated by millions across the world. The festival, which coincides with the Hindu New Year, celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness .The day Lord Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman reached Ayodhya after a period in exile and Lord Rama’s army of good defeated demon king Ravana’s army of evil.
Different days of Diwali has its significance beyond the celebration as a festival:
Day 1- Dhanteras (Day of fortune)- dhan meaning “wealth” and teras meaning “13th”). This celebration of wealth and prosperity occurs two days before the festival of lights.
Day 2-Naraka Chaturdasi (Day of knowledge)- marks the vanquishing of the demon Naraka by Lord Krishna and his wife Satyabhama.
Day 3-Diwali (Day of light) – Amavasya marks the worship of Lakshmi when she is in her most benevolent mood, fulfilling the wishes of her devotees. Amavasya also tells the story of Lord Vishnu, who, in his dwarf incarnation, vanquished the tyrant Bali and banished him to hell. Bali is allowed to return to earth once a year to light millions of lamps and dispel darkness and ignorance while spreading the radiance of love and wisdom.It is on the day of Deepawali, Kartika Shudda Padyami, that Bali steps out of hell and rules the earth according to the boon given by Lord Vishnu.
Day 4-Annakut (New Year)- Since all the evil ends making the atmosphere pure so it marks the beginning of new things. Businesses change their books of accounts after worshipping them and get prepared for a new beginning.
Day 5-Bhai Dooj (Day of love between siblings)- Yama Dvitiya (also called Bhai Dooj), and on this day sisters invite their brothers to their homes.
The Spiritual Significance of Diwali. Beyond the lights and fun, Diwali is a time to reflect on life and make changes for the upcoming year.
- Give and forgive. It is common practice that people forget and forgive the wrongs done by others during Diwali spreading the message of peace, freedom, festivity, and friendliness everywhere.
- Rise and shine. Waking up during the Brahmamuhurta (at 4 a.m., or 1 1/2 hours before sunrise) is a great blessing from the standpoint of health, ethical discipline, efficiency in work, and spiritual advancement.
- Unite and unify. Diwali is a unifying event, and it can soften even the hardest of hearts. It is a time when people mingle about in joy and embrace one another. It is done by touching the feet of our elders and seeking blessing from them for ones progress and well-being. The vibrations produced by the greetings of love fill the atmosphere making it very powerful.
- Prosper and progress. On this day, Hindu merchants in North India open their new account books and pray for success and prosperity during the coming year. People buy new clothes for the family. Employers, too, purchase new clothes for their employees. Homes are cleaned and decorated by day and illuminated by night with earthen oil lamps.
- Truth always triumphs: This festival instills charity in the hearts of people, who perform good deeds. This includes Govardhan Puja, a celebration by Vaishnavites on the fourth day of Diwali. On this day, they feed the poor on an incredible scale.
- Illuminate your inner self: The lights of Diwali also signify a time of inner illumination. Hindus believe that the light of lights is the one that steadily shines in the chamber of the heart.
When the heart has considerably hardened, only a continuous celebration of Deepavali can rekindle the urgent need of turning away from the ruinous path of hatred. Sitting quietly and fixing the mind on this supreme light illuminates the soul. It is an opportunity to cultivate and enjoy eternal bliss.
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