Diwali – The Festivals of Light
is a popular Hindu festival in India.
is festival of lights, which is celebrated by
everyone including children, and elders. It is celebrated for 5 days in either the month of October or
November according to Hindu calender. In Hinduism, each of the five days has a significant
meaningful story for celebration. Each story of
has the significance of the victory of good over
evil. The words in my native Indian language, Gujarati, are italicized. The first day of
means wealth, and
means the thirteen day of
in the Hindu month of
in the Hindu calender, which comes around the month of October or November. According to
the legends, on the day of
, the physician of the god came out ocean with a pot of
drink of god, which grants them immortality, during the churning of ocean by the gods and demons.
This day marks the arrival of goddess Lakshmi, meaning the goddess of Wealth.
The second day of
, which is celebrated in defeating the demon
King Narakasur, who was the ruler of Pragjyotishpur, a state to the South of Nepal. During war, the
king defeated Lord Indra and snatched away precious earrings of Mother goddess, and imprisoned
sixteen thousand daughters of gods and saints. On this day, Lord Krishna, eighth avatar of god Vishnu,
killed the king, released the imprisoned daughters, and got back the earrings of Mother goddess. The
third day of