Diwali 2021: History, Time And Unknown Facts About The Festival Of light!

Diwali, Deepavali, or festival of light, is celebrated by Hindus all around the globe, signifying peace, joy, the triumph of good over evil, and light over darkness. Diwali is a 5-day festival that starts with Dhanteras (Dhantrayodashi), followed by Choti Diwali (Narak Chaturdashi), Diwali (Lakshmi Puja), Govardhan Puja and ends with the festival of Bhai Dooj. During the festival, we all redecorate our house and light every corner with diyas, flowers, lights, and lamps. As per the Hindu calendar, Diwali festivals begin from the 28th day of Ashwin (Krishna Paksha Trayodashi) and continue until the Shukla Paksha Dwitiya of the Kartik month.

History of Diwali

The most popular reason for celebrating Diwali is the homecoming of Lord Ram to Ayodhya after spending 14 years in the forest, linked to the Sanskrit epic Ramayana. As per Ramayana, King Dasharatha's eldest son Ram was sent to exile and was accompanied by his wife Sita and brother Laxman. During the banishment, Sita was kidnapped by the demon-king of Lanka, Ravana. It is believed that Lord Ram defeated Ravana, and the 3 of them returned to Ayodhya, where they were welcomed by lighting the whole kingdom with diyas. Since Diwali falls on Kartik Amavasya, dark moon night, people decorate their homes with lights and diyas to celebrate the auspicious occasion. 

Diwali 2021 time

Lakshmi Puja is considered one of the most important parts of Diwali. It is believed that goddess Lakshmi roams the earth, blessing people with happiness and wealth, which is why people clean their homes and decorate them with flowers, colours and lights to welcome her. This year, according to the Drik Panchang, the time to conduct Lakshmi Puja will begin from 6:09 pm and end at 8:04 pm.  Amavasya Tithi: 6:03 am (4th November 2021) to 2:44 am (5th November 2021) Pradosh Kaal: 5:34 pm to 8:10 pm Vrishabha Kaal: 6:09 pm to 8:04 pm

Some hidden facts we bet you did not know about Diwali!

  • Diwali is not only celebrated in India but other countries as well. The festival has the same significance but with different names. Diwali is celebrated as Lam Kriyongh in Thailand, In Malaysia, as Hari Diwali, and in Nepal, as Swanti or Tihar. 
  • The day of Diwali also marks the foundation day of Amritsar's Golden Temple.
  • The Jain community celebrate their new year's day on the next day of Diwali. 
  • On the auspicious day of Diwali, it is believed that Lord Mahavira attained Nirvana, signifying the occasion for Jainism. 
  • While in Northern India, Diwali is celebrated as the festival of the homecoming of Lord Ram, in Southern India, Diwali is celebrated as the day when Lord Krishna killed the demon Narakasura, bringing peace to the lands. 
  • People also burst crackers during Diwali. Tamil Nadu's Southern Town of Sivakasi is known as India's firecracker town for being the firecracker and match-making factory for the whole country. 
  • On the eve of Diwali, India and Pakistan soldiers meet, greet and even distribute sweets across the border. 
May the festival of light bring happiness and peace to our lives. A very Happy Diwali! 

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