Diwali is the Festival of Lights and is known by different names in India. This festival symbolizes the victory of righteousness and the lifting of spiritual darkness. In India, it is considered to be the most famous festival when people go crazy shopping for themselves, gifting and much more. Use the Diwali offers to make shopping easy on the pocket. You must have heard people calling it Diwali and Deepavali. Actually, both are correct and only depends on the people.
Have you ever thought which is correct?
Well, both are. Let us take a look at what are the other names given to this festival of lights.
Meaning of Diwali
Diwali is derived from the Sanskrit word Dīpāvali, which is formed by two words, ‘dipa’ meaning light or lamp and ‘avali’ meaning series or row. Thus, the word means rows or series of lights. To mark the symbol of light every house is lit in Diwali with lamps, diyas, and different other types of bulbs.
Other names of the festival
India being a country of diverse language and culture, Diwali is called by different names. In Orissa people call it ‘deepabali’, Bengalese call it ‘deepaboli’, Assamese call it ‘deepavali’, Gujratis call it ‘divali’, Sindhis call it ‘diyari’, and it is called ‘tihar’ in Nepal.
Significance of celebrating Diwali
Diwali or Deepawali is generally celebrated on the 15th day of Kartika (October/November). It commemorates return of Lord Rama to his Kingdom, Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. It is believed that when Lord Rama returned home with his wife and brother entire Ayodhya was lit up and happiness prevailed in every corner. Thus, during Diwali we decorate our houses, lit up lamps, meet relatives, cook good food and pray for the prosperity.
The other story behind Diwali Celebration
There is another story behind Diwali celebration, which goes like this:
As per Hindu Mythology, King Bali was a benevolent demon king who was so powerful that he became a threat to the Kingdom. Lord Vishnu came as a dwarf mendicant Vamana to cease the power of Bali. By diluting Bali’s power Lord Vishnu brought back peace to the Kingdom. Vishnu gave him the lamp of knowledge to light the dark side of the world. Thus, today on Diwali millions of lamps are lit.