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Where did diwali started

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Asked by amul nahar, 06 Nov '10 10:51 am
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Diwali -- or the "festival of lights" -- is a major Hindu festival .The name of the festival comes from the Sanskrit word deepavali, which means a row of lights. It is celebrated for five consecutive days in the Hindu month of Ashwayuja, and is eagerly anticipated by Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs around the world.

! The festival celebrations focus on lights and lamps -- homes are decorated with small earthenware oil lamps called

Hindus have different reasons for celebrating Diwali, but perhaps the most popular historic reasoning behind it comes from the popular Hindu epic, "Ramayana." In the epic, Lord Rama returns to his kingdom in Ayodhya with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana after a 14 year exile; during his exile, Rama killed the 10-headed demon king Ravana, who among other things, had terrorized citizens in his country and had even kidnapped Sita. It is believed that people lit oil lamps along Rama's path back home in the darkness as a sign of solidarity and adulation.

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Answered by LIPSIKA, 06 Nov '10 10:57 am

 
  
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Historically, the origin of Diwali can be traced back to ancient India, when it was probably an important harvest . However, there are various legends pointing to the origin of Diwali. Some believe it to be the celebration of the marriage of Lakshmi with Lord Vishnu. Whereas in Bengal the festival is dedicated to the worship of Mother Kali, the goddess of strength. Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed God, the symbol of auspiciousness and wisdom, is also worshipped in most Hindu homes on this day. In Jainism, Deepawali has an added significance to the great event of Lord Mahavira attaining the eternal bliss of nirvana. Diwali also commemorates the return of Lord Rama along with Sita and Lakshman from his fourteen year long exile and vanquishing the demon-king Ravana. In joyous celebration of the return of their king, the people of Ayodhya, the Capital of Rama, illuminated the kingdom with earthen diyas (oil lamps) and burst crackers.
Answered by Avtar Khalsa, 06 Nov '10 10:55 am

 
  
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Answered by Jaikishan Bulchandani, 06 Nov '10 10:52 am

 
  
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