You’ve got another reason to be in India when the country is brightly lit throughout!
Diwali or Deepawali is the Hindu festival of lights celebrated in India generally in the months of Oct-Nov lasting two days. It symbolizes the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance and good over evil.
As per The Hindu Mythology, Lord Rama was welcomed with diyas in Ayodhya, India after he rescued His wife Goddess Sita by defeating and eliminating the ten-headed evil king Ravana.
Goddess Sita was abducted by Ravana during the 14 year long exile of Lord Rama, Lakshmana and Sita.
Lord Rama, with the help of Lord Hanumana and his army of powerful trained monkeys, helped in defeating Ravana hence freeing Goddess Sita from his captivity.
It is said, when they returned to Ayodhya( Lord Rama’s birth place) after completing their exile, they were welcomed with fireworks and numerous earthen lamps as the people rejoiced their victory over evil which implied the elimination of Ravana.
The lighting up of diyas
Prior to the Celebrations:
Before the start of this festive and pious occasion, most of the people clean and paint their homes. Though festivity preparations may differ based on regional practices however most of India prefer to start Diwali with clean and newly painted houses.
Diwali is all about celebrations involving your near and dear ones. People prepare by shopping related to the rituals and worship of Goddess Kali(in some parts of India), they buy earthen lamps and mini-bulbs to light-up their homes on the evenings of Diwali, buy sweets to greet friends and relatives and most importantly fireworks, the age-old way to complete Diwali celebrations.
Diwali Celebrations with fireworks and crackers:
Even though the use of crackers and fireworks are being banned/regularized citing the several pollution issues occurring in the nation, it is still seen being put to use throughout the country. However the quantity of use has gone down considerably primarily due to the rising prices of crackers and secondarily, awareness of environmental issues among the masses.
All images above are shot by Jayant Mandal. All rights reserved.
If you are from India and reading this, let us know how did you celebrate Diwali this year.