Diwali or Deepavali is one of the major festivals celebrated in India, it is famously known as the festival of lights and people normally light up their houses with string lights and candles and is collectively celebrated by all the citizens of the country. It spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.
Even though multiple parts and multiple religions of the Country celebrate this festival of lights in unison, and they celebrate the festival to celebrate the victory of good over evil. There are also other reasons why Diwali holds such significance in multiple religions.
Hindus across the world celebrate Diwali to honour the return of Lord Rama, wife Sita, Brother Lakshmana and Lord Hanuman to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. For some Diwali also denotes the return of the Pandavas, after 12 years of vanvas and one year of agyatvas in Mahabharata. Furthermore, Diwali is also linked to the celebration of Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity and wife of Lord Vishnu.
Apart from that Diwali also denotes the start of a new Hindu Year.
The day when the sixth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Gobind, freed himself and some Hindu Kings from the Gwalior Fort, from being imprisoned by Jahangir, a Mughal Emperor, and arrived at the Golden Temple in Amritsar.
In Sikhism, this day is celebrated as Bandi Chor Divas, with the Golden Temple being illuminated with string lights and candles, Akhand Path, or non-stop reading of the Guru Granth Sahib is held as a part of the celebrations.
On this day, Lord Mahavira, the last of the Tirthankar of this era, attained Nirvana on Kartik Krishna Amavasya in 527 BCE. Therefore, the day of Diwali is celebrated as a day of remembering Lord Mahavira. Lightings of lamps on this day signify Lord Mahavira’s teachings and knowledge.
The Newar Buddhists of Nepal celebrate this festival by worshipping Goddess Lakshmi, The Newar Buddhists celebrate Diwali in much the same way as the Hindu Diwali Festival.
We hope this helped you better understand why Diwali is such an important festival to the Indian Community.
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