Diwali also known as Deepawali, the festival of lights, is one of the most riveted and spirited festivals of India.We celebrate the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil.It is a festival of togetherness. Sweets are distributed. Crackers are burnt. (However, we don’t endorse this, and it’s high time it should be stopped).
Historical and Cultural Significance:
However, the most profound impact Diwali makes on us lies in its symbolism. And that is the triumph of goodness over evil and extermination of our ego from our insides. All of us are well aware of this. How Ravana, a devotee and man of profound knowledge, when was took over by his ego, lead the downfall of his entire Kingdom of Lanka. Therein lies our lesson, and that is essentially what we must learn from this and incorporate it in our lives. And reminisce and rejuvenate that spirit every year at Diwali.
Another important aspect to it is togetherness. When Lord Rama was put to exile, his brother Laxman followed him and decided to be with him throughout those 14 years of exile along with Lord Rama’s wife Sita. The symbolism being, irrespective of situations, we should always be together and help each other.
Why do we celebrate Diwali?
However, the reason at large being lies with the belief, that this is the day Lord Rama returned to his kingdom of Ayodhaya after 14 years of exile. In consecration of event, to monumentalize it, we celebrate Diwali every year. There is an interesting aspect to why Diwali became the festival of lights. So, let me share it with all of you. The day Lord Rama returned Ayodhaya, it was a moonless night, and in order to light his path in the pitch black night, the subjects of Ayodhayas lit diyas, and the whole kingdom was submerged and lightened in divine splendor.
And to quote Tulsidas
The shining pinnacles of white palaces put to shame the effulgence of the sun and the moon. Lattice windows made of diverse precious stones shone here and there, while every house was lit up with jewels that served as lamps.
Diwali Date & Time in 2017:
In most of the states the celebrations or Diwali begin with Dhanteras and ends in Bhai Dooj.
Dhanteras: 17th October
Hanuman Puja, Kali Chaudas, Tamil Deepawali: 18th October
Diwali (Laxmi Puja, Bengali Kali Puja) : 19th October
Govardhan Puja: 20th October
Bhai Dooj(Yama Dwitiya) : 21st October
We will soon update the exact timing of Diwali Laxmi Puja. So, stay tuned with us!