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Diwali  History



Diwali is one of the most important Hindu festivals. Although the main reason for the celebration of Diwali is the return of Rama to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile and victory over Ravana, history traces back to other important events of significance associated with Diwali.


Return of Rama to Ayodhya


 

On this day Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after completing his exile of 14 years and defeating the Demon king Ravana in a ferocious battle.

On his return the delighted people of Ayodhya had illuminated the complete kingdom with oil lamps Deep.

Narakasur’s End

According to the Puranas, Naraka, the son of Bhudevi, had a blessing from Lord Brahma according to which he could face death only at the hands of mother Bhudevi.

Because of this, he started to create immense destruction andharassing of celestial beings. Tired and irritated with the brutalities, people asked Lord Krishna to help them.

Due to the blessing with Naraka, Lord Krishna asked his wife Satyabhama, the reincarnation of Bhudevi, to be his charioteer in the battle with Naraka. When due to a bow hit by Naraka, Krishna got fainted; Satyabhama got angry and hit Naraka with a bow.

This ended the rein of brutalities by Naraka. The incident not only marked the end of Naraka, but also gave a lesson that parents should not hesitate to punish their children when they stray on to the wrong path.