Diwali is the festival of lights symbolising the victory of good over evil. In Southern India, the festival is celebrated as the day Lord Krishna returned after defeating the demon Narakasura.
Diwali, or Deepavali is also known as the “festival of lights”. This is celebrated in India. During the festival, clay lamps known as diyas are lit to signify the victory of good over evil.
In Northern India, the festival is celebrated on the Karthika Amavasya night as they mark the story of King Rama’s return to Ayodhya after he defeated Ravana by lighting rows of clay lamps.
In Southern India, the festival is celebrated as the day Lord Krishna returned after defeating the demon Narakasura. The story says that the gopis and whole community members lit lamps around the village to celebrate this victory. Narakasura is symbolized as the embodiment of all the sins of the world. It is the victory of the Lord over the negative forces. It is a reminder for everyone to win over our lower tendencies and raise to the higher values of life and come to live. Light stands for knowledge. The attempt is to bring the better man out of the evil forces.
In Devi Mahatmyam, there are 3 nights where mother’s presence is very much felt in this world, so these 3 nights are worshipped as they represent 3 pralayas. These 3 nights are Shivarathri, Holi and Deepavali. Out of the 3 nights, Deepavali night is the most darkest night which represents the maha pralaya.
The festival celebrates the goddess of wealth and prosperity, Devi Lakshmi. It is also believed that on this day, Goddess Mahalakshmi appeared from the milky ocean. So it is celebrated as the birthday of Goddess Mahalakshmi. It is believed that every year on this day, Bhagavathi visits our home.