Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Significance of Deepawali

Deepawali is one of the most important festivals which is celebrated all over India and by Hindus residing in other parts of the world.In northern India mostly it is a one week celebration  while in some states like Kerala it is a one day celebration event.North Indian people celebrate it by all family members getting together, wear new clothes,makes variety of dishes and sweets,visits neighbors and friends,distribute sweets and gifts to friends and relatives,lit oil lamps in and around the house,decorate the house and illuminate it with color lamps,fire-works add joy to the occasion and so on.
In many states of India their own one   week long celebration resembling the same like Deepawali celebration are there such  as the 'Onam' in Kerala and 'Pongal' in Tamil Nadu.
Deepawali is a festival celebrated in remembrance of devastating the evil.A demon by name 'Narakasura' who was very cruel and fierce created much harm to all humans and Lord Krishna in the presence of one of his  consort 'Sathyabhama' killed him on a 'Chathurdasi day' of this month.The 'Krishna paksha' Chathurdasi day of Malayalam month 'Thulam' is celebrated as 'Deepawali' in Kerala and it falls on 10th November 2015 this year.This day is the prime day of Deepawali celebration all over India.
Deepawali is mentioned in 'Purana' texts like 'Skantha Purana' and 'Padma Purana'.It is mentioned  as Lord Mahadeva describing the importance of Deepawali to his son Lord Subramanya.
Another legend about Deepawali is that it was the day Lord Sree Rama reached Ayodhya Kingdom along with Seetha and Lakshman after Killing Ravan in a furious war fought at Sree Lanka.People greeted the Young Prince who was returning after an exile period of fourteen years with great joy  by firing crackers,decorating their houses and streets with oil lamps and flowers,distributing sweets and so on.
In both these legends the incarnations of Lord Mahavishnu 'Sree Rama' and Sree Krishna' are  revered and in both cases it is the victory of goodness over evil.
The significance of  Deepawali, Onam,Pongal and such   festivals like 'Bakrid', 'Easter' all shows us lessons of  brotherhood,togetherness,unity etc.In all these festivals people enjoy it joining  together as a group. They visit friends and relatives,share their happiness,exchange gifts and sweets etc.Such godly acts should not be confined for festivities only but one has to practice it throughout  their life.

In Deepawali the oil  lamps are symbolic such that it removes the darkness of arrogance and ignorance from one's mind which are  'devilish' and allows the light of wisdom to enter there.The distribution of sweets is symbolic in a sense that when one achieve the heights of success and enjoy the sweetness of life, teasing and criticizing the less fortunate kith and kin and close friends  is devilish evil act. Help them to have some sweetness in their life also by your good deeds or kind words  instead.
In Kerala Deepawali is celebrated for one day only and people makes sweets and feast (Sadya) on this day.They used to visit the nearby temple after an 'Oil Bath' in the early morning.
Early morning 'Oil Bath' is very important on Deepawali Day.Apply oil profusely all over the body and on the head and take a bath in the pond,River or Lake if possible in the early morning itself.Bathing can be done in the bath

room  also.The belief is that on the early hours of that day Goddess Mahalakshmy will have her presence in the oil and Goddess Ganga Devi have her presence in the waters and the devotee would get their blessings.It is believed that the oil bath in the early morning on that day would get blessings from the Gods to  even ward off fatal accidents and untimely death for that person for an year.    

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