Diwali is the Festival of Lights. The victory of light over darkness. 🌟🌟🌟
The "row of lights" for which the festival is named are lit on the new moon night to welcome Goddess Lakshmi - the Goddess of wealth. Throughout the festival period earthenware lamps are lit. The painting of Lakshmi in the previous page is made by my mother.
Diwali is associated with many legends. Lord Rama, the righteous king returns back to his kingdom Ayodhya after defeating the evil king Ravana. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ It's the story of victory of good over evil.
The second legend Narakasura ruled the kingdom of Pradyoshapuram. Puranas have it that Naraka, son of Bhudevi, acquired immense power from a blessing given by Lord Brahma after a severe penance. Under his rule, the villagers suffered a lot of hardship as the demon tortured the people and kidnapped the women to be imprisoned in his palace with his invincible might. Unable to bear the tyranny of the demon, the celestial beings pleaded with Lord Krishna to save them from his torture. But Naraka had a boon that he would face death only at the hands of his mother Bhudevi. So, Krishna asks his wife Sathyabhama, the reincarnation of Bhudevi, to be his charioteer in the battle with Naraka. When Krishna fell unconscious after being hit by an arrow of Naraka, Sathyabhama takes the bow and aims the arrow at Naraka, killing him instantly. Later Lord Krishna reminds her of the boon she had sought as Bhudevi. The Narakasura Vadh by Sathyabhama could also be taken to interpret that parents should not hesitate to punish their children when they step in to the wrong path. The message of Naraka Chaturdashi Parva is that the good of the society should always prevail over one's own personal bonds. It is interesting to note that Bhudevi, mother of the slain demon Naraka, declared that his death should not be a day of mourning but an occasion to celebrate. Hindus light fireworks, which are regarded as the effigies of Narakasura who was killed. Source : Society for the Confluence of Festivals in India (SCFI).
Lots of sweets are made to celebrate Diwali.
Fudge made from gram flour
The story of Balli The emperor Bali became all powerful and a threat. God Vishnu came to the earth as a short Brahmin. The mighty Bali promised him land as much as three steps could cover. The short brahmin took the form of Vishnu covers heaven with one foot, the world with other and Bali offered his own head to place the third. This victory of good over evil is celebrated on Diwali.
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