The Origin of Diwali: Unheard Stories.

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Diwali is a symbolizes joy and a spark of brightness for all Indians. This festival is now celebrated all around the world. While so many enjoy this day each year, have you ever tried to know how it started? We all know the traditional story of Lord Rama returning to Ayodhya after his exile. But in this blog, we will look into some alternate theories about the origin of Diwali that’ll blow your mind.

  1. A Celebrated King

Vikramaditya was much famed for his bravery and admired the whole subcontinent even before he became the king. It is a local anecdote that people were filled with delight when this loving and generous king ascended his throne. They celebrated his kingship with many events and spread joy with a festival of lights. This lighting of lamps is believed to be the start of Diwali way back in 56 BCE.

  1. Tale of an Incarnation.

There is a story wherein an epic battle between devas (gods) and asuras(demons) occurred. Lord Indra led the gods, and King Bali was commanding the asuras. This battle had many complications, including Bali’s revival and ultimately Bali’s victory over heaven due to ‘Vishwajit-Yajna.’

Now ‘devas’ were in a dire state. For this reason, their mother took up a fast to please the supreme God, Vishnu. Lord Vishnu presented himself before Aditi and promised to be incarnated through her womb on earth.

Vishnu thus had an incarnation as ‘Vamana,’ who went to Bali’s palace as a Brahmin on the Amavasya of Kartik month. According to tradition, the generous Bali wished to serve the Brahmin with any gift he wanted. But due to the wit of Lord Vishnu, he was able to obtain every Loka(world) back from Bali. This came to being celebrated as a symbol of the re-emergence of devas and the victory of Lord Vishnu.

  1. Day Of Goddess Lakshmi.

Many households pray to goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, on Diwali. This brings me to yet another story about the origin of Diwali. Puranas talk about how the goddess Lakshmi appeared before the world on this very day. She symbolizes well-being and progress, and her emergence is an auspicious occasion to celebrate. It is believed that she appeared during the ‘Samudra Manthan.’

  1. Day Of Realisation.

Another story talks about goddess Kali. This is a form of goddess Durga when she is furious and set on destroying evil. When the goddess Kali first appeared, she started to lay mayhem upon evil forces on the battlefield.

She went into such a state of rage that she was killing everything in sight. Because of this, Lord Shiva had to lie on her feet, which resulted in the realization of goddess Kali. Thus Diwali is celebrated to mark the destruction of ego, anger, hate, or any bad feelings.

  1. Sikhism Perspective

Sikhs also consider Diwali as an important day in their culture and history. On this day, their sixth guru, Hargobind Ji, was freed from Jahangir’s captivity with 52 other princes. Sikhs have celebrated this day since then.

  1. Jainism Perspective.

Diwali has originated as a day of great significance for Jains as well. They believe this day to be a day of Moksha attainment of Nirvana by their beloved Lord Mahaveera. The date is believed to be 15 October 527 BCE, and according to Bhadrabahu, all the lords were there to illuminate the world. Hence the festival of light originated.

  1. Narkasura Vadh.

Another famous story is killing a demon named Narkasura by Lord Krishna with his wife, Satyabhama. Narkasura vadh or killing is celebrated as the ridding of earth from all atrocities and negativity. So it’s also believed to be the origin of Diwali.

These were some unheard stories and perspectives about the origin of Diwali! Did you know these stories earlier? Comment and let us know.

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