Diwali – Story Behind the Festival

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Hello kids! It’s the time of year when Diwali is just around the corner. But do you know why this festival is celebrated? What is the meaning and significance of Deepawali? Read the short story below and narrate the same to all your friends and relatives.

Diwali is the biggest festival in India celebrated with magnificent grandiosity. Also known as Deepawali which means row (awali) of clay lamps (deep), it commemorates the return of Lord Rama to his kingdom after fourteen years of exile. The story according to the Hindu scripture Ramayana is as follows: Rama, the eldest son of king Dashratha, was asked by his father to live in exile in the forest for fourteen years. He was accompanied by his devoted and beautiful wife, Sita and younger brother Laxmana. There in the forest, Sita gets abducted by the ten-headed demon king, Ravana and was forcefully taken to his kingdom, Lanka.In order to free Sita, Rama, with help of monkey warrior Hanuman and his army, attacks Lanka and fought a fearsome battle with Ravana for days together. On tenth day of war, Lord Rama kills Ravana and rescues Sita. After killing the demon king, Rama, Sita and Laxmana begin their journey back home. To show their happiness people of Ayodhya welcomed their future king by lighting the diyas (oil lamps) and decorating the whole city.

Ever since, people celebrate this pious day, which usually falls in the month of October or November. For kids this festival of lights holds its own importance as it means a holiday from school. Decked up in new clothes, they love decorating their home with diyas and lights, bursting crackers with friends and receiving gifts and sweets from relatives.

This day is also celebrated to seek the blessings of goddess of wealth, Lakshmi. People believe that the more oil lamps they light, the more are the chances that goddess will see their home from heaven above and visit them, thus bringing prosperity.

We wish all our young readers a happy and safe Diwali!

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