The return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after slaying the demon king, Ravan and ending his 14-year-long exile, is among the most popular legends of Diwali.
Diwali is a celebration of life.
Entire India lights up with sheer brilliance of innumerable lights. It is time for festivities, for lighting up homes with beautiful earthen lamps (diyas) and decorating the balconies and terraces with colorful hanging lights (ladi).
The return of Lord Rama
The return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after slaying the demon king, Ravan and ending his 14-year-long exile, is among the most popular legends of Diwali. The legend says that the jubilant people of Ayodhya welcomed the return of their king by decorating and illuminating the whole of Ayodhya with diyas.
The legend of Narkasur
There is also another legend associated with Diwali. It was said that there was a demon called Narakasur who had gained such enormous powers that he disrupted the three worlds.
Lord Krishna killed the demon and smeared his forehead with his blood. When Krishna returned home, the women poured oil on his body and bathed him to purify him of the demon’s blood.
The worship of Goddess Lakshmi
The legend behind worshiping Goddess Laxmi is that Maa Lakshmi emerged from the
ocean of milk, bringing wealth and blessings of prosperity for her devotees..
The legends are many, the rituals are varied. But the essence of Diwali lies in celebrating life and wishing prosperity for one and all.
Kali Puja or Shyama Puja
While Diwali is celebrated with the worship of Goddess Lakshmi in most parts of India, the people in the eastern parts of the country, mostly Bengal and also Orissa and Assam celebrate Kali Puja or Shyama Puja on the “Amavasya Tithi” of the Hindu month Kartik.
Usually, the Lakshmi Puja for Diwali and Kali Puja fall on the same evening, but sometimes Kali Puja precedes Lakshmi Puja by one day. The reason is that the time for worshipping Goddess Kali is midnight during Amavasya (New Moon night in Sanskrit language when there is no moon), while Lakshmi Puja is done when Amavasya prevails during Pradosh (evening twilight).
Kali Puja will be performed this year on 2nd November, Saturday.
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