Diwali the Festival of LightsOctober 20, 2011
Diwali, which is popularly known as the festival of lights originally, had its origin from the Sanskrit word “Deepavali” which means “rows of lamps or deeps”. The most significant impenetrable meaning of Diwali is “the awareness of inner light”.
As the light disperses darkness, this festival of lights dispels ignorance. From darkness into light, the light that empowers us to consign ourselves to good activities will bring us closer to divinity.
Legends Associated With Diwali
Although, there are many legends related with the festival of lights, in each legend, the tradition and story behind Diwali states the significance of the victory of good over evil.
Diwali the festival of light commemorates the return of Lord Rama (incarnation of Lord Vishnu) along with Sita Ma and Lakshmana, from his 14-year-long exile after vanquishing the demon-king Ravana. The people of Ayodhya illuminated the kingdom with earthen diyas (lamps) and by bursting firecrackers to mark the return of their king Lord Rama. Thus, there is a tradition of lighting oil lamps on Diwali that symbolizes the victory of good over evil and the freedom from spiritual darkness.
Different parts of India have different school of thoughts about Diwali. In North, Diwali marks the Victory of Lord Rama over the Demon King Ravana and his return to Ayodhya. The Eastern part of India celebrates Diwali in order to pay their respects to Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess of wealth and prosperity and pray for her grace and blessings.
In some parts, Diwali is celebrated to commemorate the triumph of Lord Krishna over the Asura King Naraka. In Bengal, Ma Durga or Ma Kali or also known as Goddess Durga, the goddess of strength is worshipped during these days and this reverence is called “Kali Chaturdashi”. Overall, Diwali as such is celebrated to bring in prosperity and progress, to rejoice the inner light and its victory over darkness.
Diwali the festival of light also has special significance for the business community as they consider this day to be the perfect time to begin their new financial year. To commence new business ventures, signing business agreements etc people worship Goddess Lakshmi on the most auspicious time of Diwali.
Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Kubera
During Diwali, Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped along with Lord Kubera who is believed to be the banker of the world. In many parts of India this pooja is done on the very next day of Deepavali and also it is believed very strongly to start the new account or business on this day after worshipping Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Kubera.
By participating in the rituals and homas on the auspicious festival of Diwali the festival of lights, one will flourish with financial comforts throughout the year. By doing this, you are sure to receive the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Kubera, which will ensure that the flow of wealth to you never halts. Happy Diwali!