Diwali 2014- 6 diwali legends and myths you should must know

Nothing happens without a reason. Basically, every act which repeat itself over years has a definite reason beside it. Well, like many other festivals in India , "festival of light" which they call diwali or deepawali has many legends. While celebrating diwali 2014, we will know 6 diwali legends and myths continued up from decades. This informative and interesting post is set up to explain the methodology behind celebration of diwali in India.

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1.  Lord Rama's coronation - main legend

In satyuga, Lord Vishnu- prime God of Hindus, emerged in the form of Rama- son of dasaratha,king of Ayodhya state. In a series of dramatic incidents, he was sent to forest for 14 years exile, his wife was kidnapped by demonic king Ravan. 

Later, in an epic war, Rama killed Ravan  and returned to his home Ayodhya after 14 years.On return of their beloved and proud prince, people of Ayodhya bestowed their happiness by lighting up diyas made of ghee all around. On the return of day, every year, this festival is celebrated all over India with great enthusiasm.specifically north India and state-wise Bihar,Uttar pradesh and neighbor states has followed and believed this legend from centuries.

lord rama's return to ayodhya

2 Emergence of Goddess Laxmi

Laxmi, who is considered as Goddess of wealth and prosperity, has been to the fore. She incarnated from ksheersaagar - A sea of milk. As she brought happiness and prosperity to the mankind, the very same day diwali is celebrated in India. It is a common belief in India that on this day, Goddess come to visit their houses and thus they clean up and decorate their houses.

3.  Cease of demon narkasur

Narkasur, a mighty and potent demon was blessed that he could only be killed by a woman. Onwards,he started creating disorder and troubles in heaven and earth. After acquiring victory over Lord Indra during a war, Narakasur snatched away the magnificent earrings of Mother Goddess Aditi, who was not only the ruler of Suraloka, but also a relative of Lord Krishna's wife - Satyabhama. Narakasur also imprisoned sixteen thousand daughters of Gods and saints in his harem.

Gods, affected by his atrocity , pleaded satyabhama, wife of Lord Krishna to kill the evil demon. She,then, prepared herself for the battle with the help of his husband. Later in a fight between satyabhama and narkasur, she killed narkasur and provided mankind a sense of relief from narkasur's persecution. Later, from this day and onwards , people celebrate this day by lighting up diyas to enjoy win over evil.

narkasur killed by satyabhama

4.  Cutting of harvest

October-november being season of cutting of harvest pleases farmers as they get productivity of their labour whole year. In rural areas,diwali is a method of thanking God for the rich harvest they obtain. They lit up diyas and celebrate this occasion to enjoy happiness.

diwali celebration in india

5  Krishna and mountain govardhan

Lord Krishna, incarnated as 8th form of lord Vishnu made people believe that the good crop productivity and prosperity is due to the fertile soil nearby mountain Govardhana. People earlier believed that God Indra is responsible for their good crop productivity and prosperity. This did not please Indra and he got knicker in a twist.

He sent thunder and torrential rain down on the village. The people cried to Krishna to help. Krishna saved the villagers by lifting the top of the mountain with his finger. The offering of food to God on this day of Diwali is a reminder to Hindus of the importance of food and it is a time for being thankful to God for the bounty of nature.

God krishna picked up govardhan to save people from extreme rain

6.  Return of pandavas

Pandavas - five brothers named yudhisthir,bheem,arjun,nakul and sahdev were the son of pandu, kunti and madri and also the prince of hastinapur dynasty.
In a game of dice played with their cousin 'kauravas' , they lost their everything on bet and were sent to 13 years exile.

After completing their exile of 13 years, when they returned to hastinapur on "kartik amavasya" , people of their kingdom did welcome them by lighting up lamps all over streets. From that day, diwali is celebrated on kartik amavasya every year.

pandava's return to hastinapur after 13 years exile