II Deepavali /
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Facts About Diwali / Deepavali
Sanskrit word Deepavali means
an row of lights that stands for victory of brightness over
Diwali is considered the national festival of India.
Diwali signifies the renewal of life. Homes are thoroughly
cleaned on Diwali.
In north India, Diwali celebrates Rama's return from fourteen
years of exile to Ayodhya after the defeat of Ravana. It is
celebrated with the pooja of goddess Laxmi.
In South India, Diwali commemorates the victory of the divine
over the mundane.
For Jains, Diwali marks the attainment of Moksha by the Lord
In Nepal Diwali commemorates the victory of Lord Krishna over
the demon king Narakaasura
In Bengal, it is celebrated with the pooja of goddess Kali.
Sikh celebrates Diwali as the day when their sixth Guru, Guru
Har Govind ji came back from the captivity of the fort of
Gwalior city. It is beleived that the foundation stone of the
Golden Temple at Amritsar was laid on Diwali in 1577.
Govardhan Puja is celebrated the day after Diwali. It is the day
Lord Krishna defeated Indra.
Diwali is not only festival of
lights, but also marks the beginning of the Hindu new year.