5 Interesting Diwali Facts You Probably Didn’t Know
The festival of lights is upon us! Commencing on the 5th of November, Hindus from all around the world come together to celebrate this 5-day festivity to honour the triumph of good over evil, and the Diwali facts below assert just that! Being one of the widely celebrated festivals across India, each religion, each city has its own significance and story to tell. Celebrated on 7th November this year, let’s take a look at the 5 interesting Diwali facts.
1. Return Of Rama
Diwali commemorates the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya from his 14-year-long exile, where he defeated demon King Ravana. The locals of Ayodhya were elated at the homecoming of Lord Rama and celebrated by illuminating the kingdom by diyas (oil lamps) and set off firecrackers. The tradition is still followed where millions of lamps are lit to dispel darkness, while spreading the essence of love and happiness.
2. Guru Hargobind Singh Was Released From The Gwalior Fort On Diwali
Known as the Bandi Chorr Devas among Sikhs, the festival is celebrated to mark the release of Guru Hargobind Singh from the Gwalior Fort in 1619. When Emperor Jahangir agreed to release Guru Hargobind Singh at the demand of the Sikhs, he announced that he would not leave without other captive princes. Jahangir agreed to only release those princes who would be able to hold the Guru while he was leaving the prison, of course knowing all 52 captured princes won’t be able to hold him. By getting a garment made with 52 strings, each prince held one string and the Guru successfully released himself and the captured princes. This joyous occasion was celebrated by illuminating the Golden Temple. Also, the foundation stone of the Golden Temple was laid on the day of Diwali in 1577.
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3. Fireworks Once Were Only For Royals
The most popular tradition associated with Diwali is the bursting of firecrackers. They fill the skies as an expression of respect to the heavens for the attainment of wealth, health, knowledge, peace, and prosperity. But did you know until the 1900s, firecrackers and pyrotechnics were too expensive and were only used by the royals.
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5. Diwali in Jainism
Festival of Diwali is important to the Jains as it is on this day that Lord Mahavira, last Jain Tirthankar, attained Nirvana. It is believed that Mahavira attained Nirvana in presence of several gods who enlightened Mahavira and eliminated darkness from his life. Also, Ganadhara Gautam Swami, chief disciple of Mahavira, gained Kevalgyana (complete knowledge) on this day.
Places To Visit During Diwali
This cultural capital of West Bengal celebrates Diwali by lighting up the entire city with eccentric lights, bringing out the festive zeal in every nook and corner. The festival is dedicated to worship Mother Kali, the Goddess of strength, and the city sets its best foot forward to showcase their creativity in the form of pandals and idols. And of course, the delectable sweets are the biggest draw of this city during Diwali and also otherwise.
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Dev Diwali is what Varanasi is eagerly waiting for. Celebrated on the Kartik Poornima (15 days after Laxmi Poojan), Dev Diwali has Varanasi’s 87 ghats, leading to holy Ganges River, illuminated by thousands of diyas. As the sun sets, the serene waters of the river Ganga reflect the flickering lights, a spectacle that draws crowds from around the globe.
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Diwali has a rich history, like any other festival of India. The legends of Diwali vary from region to region and the reasons to celebrate this festival can be traced back to 500 B.C. To truly witness the grandeur of Hindu festivals, visit India during Diwali.
So, these were the Diwali facts from our end and we’d love to hear some tales from you. You could share more facts or stories in the comments section below.
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