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Deepawali, the festival of lamps (lights) | Interesting facts about Deepawali

Deepawali, the festival of lamps । Interesting facts about Deepawali
Deepawali, the festival of lamps । Interesting facts about Deepawali

Deepawali, the festival of lamps (light). Deepawali, the festival of knowledge. Deepawali, the festival of brightening the world by erasing darkness. Deepawali is the festival of the victory of righteousness over unrighteousness.

Deepawali (or Deepavali) is the largest festival followed in Bharat (India). Deepawali is followed with great enthusiasm in every corner of Bharat (India). The Deepawali festival is also followed with great pomp in Nepal. Deepawali starts every year from the thirteenth day of Kartik Krishna Paksha. Deepawali is a five-day festival. Every day a great work was done. Each day represents the victory of good over evil. That is, you can say that Deepawali eradicates the darkness of evil and illuminates the world with the truth.

Meaning of Deepawali festival and interesting facts of Deepawali

The word Deepawali is derived from two Sanskrit words, "Deep" and "Awali". Among these, Deep means "Diya" (or light which represents knowledge) and Awali mean "chain". That is, Deepawali means given or series of lights. It is also called Deepotsav or Deepavali or Diwali. Of these, the term Diwali is most commonly used. The meaning of Deepawali also reflects the meaning of the name of Bharat (India). Bha means "light and knowledge" and Rat means "devoted". Deepawali means a series of lamp i.e. series of knowledge and Bharat means dedicated to knowledge and light. That is, both are dedicated to a series of knowledge and light.

Some facts of history about the festival of lamps (light)

Many great works were done on the day of Deepawali, hence it will be a little difficult to say that from which time Deepawali is being followed. Over time, new great works took place in Deepawali and with that, the celebration of those works added to Deepawali. It is believed that on the day of Deepawali, Shri Ram Ji killed Ravana and return to Ayodhya. If we talk about writing, then Deepavali is mentioned in Padma Purana and Skanda Purana. In the 7th century, King Harsha called this Deepawali in the Sanskrit drama Nagananda as Deepapratipadotsav. There is also a law to worship Goddess Kali along with Mother Lakshmi Puja on Deepawali.

 Deepawali is the festival to abide in five days

  1. The first day of Deepawali is followed as Dhanteras. Lord Dhanvantari was born on the day of Dhanteras. It is also known as Dhantrayodashi because of following Dhanteras on the day of Trayodashi of Kartik Krishna Paksha.
  2. The second day of Deepawali is also called Naraka Chaturdashi or Chota Diwali. It is believed that Lord Krishna killed a demon named Narakasura on this day and freed sixteen thousand and one hundred girls. On the same day, there is also the practice of donating lights to Yamaraj, the Siamese god of death.
  3. Laxmi Puja has been abiding in the third day of Deepawali and also to abide Kali Puja in many parts of India including Assam and Bengal.

Kali Puja: Kali Puja is practicing on the night of Amavasya of Kartik Krishna Paksha. Mother Kali killed the demon named Raktabija and freed the world from the darkness of evil.
Lakshmi Puja: People clean their homes for this day because it is believed that Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and wife of Lord Vishnu comes to their house to meet her devotees on this day. So Bharatiya (Indian) people clean the house a few days in advance to welcome their mother. On this day's night, i.e. on the dark night of Amavasya are illuminated with light of the lamp, which shows that no matter how dense the evil is, but the light of truth burns those evils and illuminates the world. It is a belief that is associated with the soul of man.

Mother Kali protects the house from evil forces and Mother Lakshmi makes the house Prosperous. This is the image of a mother who accepts thousands of sacrifices for the people of her home and protects the home from evil and makes the house Prosperous.

     4.  The fourth day of Deepawali is known as Annakoot or Padwa or Govardhan Puja.
    5. On the fifth day of Deepawali, has been following as Bhai Dooj. It is a festival of brother and sister. This festival makes the holy relationship of brother and sister more stronger. This day is known by different names in different places. Nepalese have been observing this festival with great reverence in the name of Bhai Tika. In other places, this festival is also called as Bhai Beej or Bhai Phonta.

Criticism of Deepawali? Does Deepawali cause pollution?

Many people criticize Deepawali that there is a lot of pollution on this day or after that. But that pollution is spread by materials like firecrackers, which the firecrackers company to promote for its own benefit. Otherwise, Deepawali is a festival of the lamp (light), laughter, gaiety, and unity. Happiness is a festival of sharing. Which has been celebrated for thousands of years. The tradition of spreading pollution by bursting firecrackers may have started some years ago. Humans love entertainment. Therefore, many people use firecrackers, which increases the amount of pollution. But now people have understood. Right now people are being alert to the environment. That is why people are investing more money in sweets and other ingredients than firecrackers. That is why we should try to understand its great elements better than criticizing Deepawali.

Best wishes

Deepawali is not just a festival. It is an identity. This is the identity of our history, this is the identity of our civilization, and this is the identity of our thinking. Warm wishes from to all of you on the auspicious occasion of this Deepawali, symbolizing the light of knowledge. Take care of each and every person of the society with yourself and loved ones.
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