In 2020, Diwali will celebrate on 14th November (Saturday) along with Children’s Day. Every year, Diwali celebrated in either October or November. Depending on the cycle of the moon. Diwali celebrated on Amavasya (or new moon) the 15th day of the month of Kartik, every year.
Reasons to Celebrate the Festival of Lights(Diwali)?
It’s not only the festive mood in the air that makes you amusing, or just that it’s a good time to enjoy before the coming of winter. Therefore There are 10 mythological and historical reasons why Diwali is a glorious moment to celebrate. And there are genuine reasons not only for Hindus. But additionally for all others to rejoice in this great Festival of Lights.
1. Goddess Lakshmi’s Birthday:
The Goddess of wealth and the wife of the god Vishnu is Lakshmi. One of the principal idols of the Hindu religion and the Supreme Being in the Vaishnavism Tradition. However, according to belief, she was the first embodiment on the new moon day (Amavasya) of the Kartik month. While the churning of the ocean (Samudra-Manthan). She is one of the most beloved of goddesses, and thus greatly linked with Diwali.
2. Vishnu Rescued Lakshmi:
On this very day, Lord Vishnu concealed in his fifth embodiment as Vaman-avatar (the dwarf avatar and Vishnu’s first embodiment) released Lakshmi from the prison of King Bali. And this is another reason for praising Maa Lakshmi on Diwali.
3. Krishna Killed Narakaasur:
On the day leading Diwali, Lord Krishna killed the demon king Narakaasur of Pragjothispura. Who had to occupy the three worlds, taking great joy in torturing the beings there. Therefore, Krishna released 16,000 women from his jail. The celebration of this freedom continued on for two days including Diwali day as a victory festival. However, the second day of Diwali is Naraka Chaturdasi.
4. The Return of the Pandavas:
According to the famous epic ‘Mahabharata,’. It was ‘Kartik Amavasya’ when the five Pandavas (brothers Yudhishthira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula, and Sahadeva) appeared from their 12 years of banishment. As a result of their loss in the hands of the Kauravas at the game of dice (gambling). The subjects who embraced the Pandavas rejoiced the day by lighting the earthen lamps.
5. The Victory of Rama:
The epic ‘Ramayana’ of Hindus according to this. That is was the new moon day of Kartik. When Lord Ram, Maa Sita, and Lakshman returned to Ayodhya after defeating the demon king Ravana and capturing Lanka. The citizens of Ayodhya illuminated the entire city with earthen lamps and brightened. It’s like never before, and the festival of Diwali is in honor of Rama’s victory.
6. Coronation of Vikramaditya:
The famous kings, Vikramaditya crowned on Diwali day. However, the legendary emperor, who may have a historical character or based on one, considered as the ideal king, recognized for his kindness, strength, and support of scholars. Therefore, Diwali enhanced a historical event as well.
7. Special Day for the Arya Samaj:
In the 19th-century, when the new moon day of Kartik. Scholar Maharshi Dayananda, one of the greatest reformers of Hinduism and the founder of Arya Samaj, accomplished his nirvana. Dayananda’s grand mission was to ask humankind to treat one another as brothers through exercises of nobility.
8. Special Day for the Jains:
Mahavir Tirthankar, estimated to be the founder of modern Jainism also accomplished his nirvana on Diwali day. Mahavira renounced his royal life and left his family to become a monk, undertaking fasting and bodily mortifications. At the age of 43, he accomplished the state of Kevala Jnana and started teaching the philosophy of Jainism.
9. Special Day for the Sikhs:
Amar Das, the third Sikh Guru regularized Diwali as a Red-Letter Day. When all Sikhs would come together to get the Gurus blessings. In 1577, the foundation stone of the Golden Temple at Amritsar was set on Diwali. In 1619, the sixth Sikh Guru Hargobind, who was taken by the Mughal Emperor Jahangir, was rescued from the Gwalior fort along with 52 kings.
10. The Pope’s Diwali Speech:
In 1999, Pope John Paul II performed a special Eucharist in an Indian church. Where the altar was adorned with Diwali lamps. The Pope had a ‘tilak’ stamped on his forehead. And his speech overflowed with references to the festival of light.
The 5-day Diwali festival will be as follows-
- 12 November 2020 (Thursday) Govts Dwadashi, Vasu Baras.
- Dhanteras, Dhanvantari Trayodashi, Yama Deepdan, Kali Chaudas, Hanuman Puja on 13 November 2020 (Friday).
- Narak Chaturdashi, Diwali, Mahalaxmi Pujan on 14 November 2020 (Saturday).
- Govardhan Puja, Annakoot, Bali Pratipada on 15 November 2020 (Sunday).
- Pratipada, Yama Dwitiya, Bhaiya Dooj, Bhayuduj on 16 November 2020 (Monday).
Diwali Muhurat 2020
- Diwali Date – 14 November 2020
- Amavasya Tithi will begin on 14 November 2020 from 2.17 pm
- Amavasya Tithi ends – 10 AM to 36 AM the next day (15 November 2020)
- Laxmi Puja Muhurta – 5 pm 28 minutes to 7 pm 24 minutes (14 November 2020)
- Pradosh Kaal Muhurta – 5 pm to 28 min from 8 pm to 07 min
- Taurus Kaal Muhurta – 5 PM to 28 PM
Significance of the Festival of Lights, Diwali
Diwali, Deepawali, or Deepavali, is the most renowned and the brightest of all Hindu festivals. It is a festival of lights. Deep means “light” and awali “a row” to become “a row of lights.” Diwali considered by four days of celebration, which truly brightens the country with its brilliance and charms people with its joy.
The Diwali festival befalls in late October or early November. It comes on the 15th day of the Hindu month of Kartik, so it changes every year. Each of the four days in the festival of Diwali listed with a different tradition. What endures constant is the celebration of life, its pleasure, and a sense of goodness.
The Origins of Diwali
Historically, Diwali can be pursued back to early India. It commonly began as an essential harvest festival. But, there are various legends leading to the origin of Diwali.
Some faith it to be the celebration of the marriage of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, with Lord Vishnu. Others use it as a celebration of her birthday, as Lakshmi is stated to have been born on the new-moon day of Kartik.
In Bengal, the festival is devoted to the worship of Mother Kali, the dark goddess of strength. Lord Ganesha—the elephant-headed god and symbol of auspiciousness and wisdom—is also praised in most Hindu homes on this day. In Jainism, Deepawali has the appended significance of considering the great triumph of Lord Mahavira accomplishing the infinite joy of nirvana.
Diwali also celebrates the return of Lord Rama (along with Maa Sita and Lakshman) from his 14-year-long exile and defeating the demon-king Ravana. In joyful celebration of the return of their king, the people of Ayodhya, the capital of Rama, brightened the kingdom with earthen diyas (oil lamps) and set off firecrackers.
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