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¸.•♥ •History of Diwali• ♥•.¸

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Read about the history and origin of Diwali festival. Here is an account of Diwali origin and history.

History of Diwali :-
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India is considered to be the landof festivals. And each of the festivals, which are celebrated here, has a reason or significance behind its celebration. Diwali the festival of light is also not an exception. It is celebrated across the countrywith lots of fervor and fun. Though the way it is celebrated differs from region to region according to the traditions and culture of that state but the reason behind its celebration remains same. The festival is celebrated by all there is no cast or age bar. The festival brings light in everybody's life. The festival symbolizes unity in diversity as every state celebrates it in its own special way. If we try to look for the origin of the festival we have torefer to history. And history tells us that the festival is celebrated mainly for four days commences on Aswayuja Bahula Chaturdasi and concludes on Kartika Shudda Vijiya. And each day has a significance and history behind its celebration. The first day of the festival Naraka Chaturdasi marks the killing of the demon king Naraka by Lord Krishna and his wife Satyabhama.

The second day is Amavasya andaccording to the legends Lakshmi, Goddess of wealth, was incarnated on the new moon day(amaavasyaa) of the Kartik month during the churning of the ocean (samudra-manthan), hence the association of Diwali with Lakshmi. From that day she is worshipped as the symbol of wealth and prosperity. It is also said that on this very day Lord Vishnu rescued Goddess Lakshmi from the prison of Demon king bali and for that reason GoddessLakshmi is worshipped on the day of Diwali. The third day is"Kartika Shudda Padyami." On this day Bali would come out of Pathala Loka and rule Bhuloka asper the boon given by Lord Vishnu. Hence, it is also known as"Bali Padyami". The fourth day is referred to as "Yama Dvitiya." Onthis day, sisters invite their brothers to their homes.

Whereas according to legends it is also said that Lord Rama returned from exile to Ayodhya after fourteen years of exile. Tocommemorate his return to Ayodhya, his subjects illuminated the kingdom and burst crackers.Goddess Kali is also worshipped during this time.

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