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Happy Diwali 2018: Regional Stories behind Deepavali and Significance of 5 Days

Happy Diwali 2018: Regional Stories behind Deepavali and Significance of 5 Days
Written by Abhishek Lohia

Happy Diwali 2018: This year’s the festival of lights ‘Deepawali’ is on 07 November 2018- Wednesday. Deepawali is worshiped in the Pradosha period and stable marriage. Taurus and Leo are stable marriages(Lagnya). Lion lacks new moon at the time of marriage. On this day Swati Nachhatta will remain from Sunrise till 19.37, after which there will be Vishakha. The time of the defect time(Dosh Kaal) is most suitable for householders and traders. Pradosh Kaal means the coincidence of day and night. The day is Lord Vishnu’s symbol and night mother is a symbol of Lakshmi. According to Dharma Indus, the Pradosha period is the most auspicious time for Deepawali worship, contained in the new moon.

Significance of Diwali

Diwali is made up of two Sanskrit words ‘Deep and ‘Awali‘– Deep meaning ‘Deepak’ while Awali meaning ‘Line’ or ‘Series’, which means ‘series of Deep’. Deepak is believed to represent parts of the Sun in Skanda Purana. In some parts of the country, Hindus also connect Diwali with the story of Yama and Nachiketa. In the 7th century Sanskrit drama Nagnand, King Harsh called it Deep Pratipadatsav. 

Persian traveler and historian al-Biruni, in the 11th-century memoir, called it as the festival celebrated by Hindus on the new moon day.

According to Ram devotees, on this day, King of Ayodhya Lord Ram had returned to Ayodhya after killing tyrannical Demon Ravana. That day was the new moon, so the state rulers had burnt the whole state with lamps. 

While in some places it has also been written that Lakshmi and Lord Vichitrai appeared on the same day after the meditation. According to Jains, the Nirvana day of Mahavir Swami of Tirthankar is being celebrated as Diwali.

Diwali is also an important day for Sikhs because on this day the foundation stone of the Golden Temple in Amritsar in 1577 was made. On this day, Swami Ramitirtha was also born in Punjab.

How Diwali is being associated?

Diwali is associated with the victory of hope on the goodness of evil, light on darkness, wisdom on ignorance and despair. Therefore, Everyone does not only illuminate the homes on this day but also try to eradicate the inner darkness.

About the author

Abhishek Lohia

Abhishek Lohia was a Sports and Political Writer working for Newsfolo and is no longer associated with the organization.

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