The preparations, the rituals, the entire celebration
focuses on the home and family, spanning out to cover the community as a
natural extension. Diwali is a festival synonymous with celebrations in
India and among Indians all over the world, is an occasion for
jubilation and togetherness. Like other festivals the festival of lights
also has its origin in mythology. By reading the mythological tales you
get to know the real story of Diwali.
The most famous legend associated with the story of Diwali is the
return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya. Lord Ram was sent to exile by his
stepmother for 14 years in the jungle. His wife Sita and younger brother
Lakshman also accompanied him there. In the jungle Ravan kidnapped sita
and Lord Ram had to take the help of God Hanuman and monkey king Sugvir
to kill Ravan. After killing Ravan and completing his period of exile,
Lord Ram returned to Ayodhya and to celebrate his comeback the citizens
of Ayodhya decorated their houses, exchanged sweets and ignited
firecrackers. Since that day Diwali came to be celebrated in order to
commemorate the coming back of Lord Ram.
According to another legend associated with the Story of Diwali, on
this particular Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity
incarnated. She incarnated due to the churning of the ocean, which came
to be known as the incident of 'Samundra Manthan', by the demons as well
as the deities.
Another famous Diwali story talks about the killing of demon Narkasura
by Satyabhama with the support of Lord Krishna. Narkasura once defeated
Lord Indra, the king of heaven and also snatched away the earrings of
Mother goddess Aditi, who was a relative of Satyabhama. On hearing this
news Satyabhama got very furious and asked for Lord Krishna's help for
killing the demon who readily agreed.
No matter what the legend but the festival of lights is celebrated with
much enthusiasm and zeal in all over the country by people of all