In India there are numerous festivals but Diwali is the main festival of Hindus, followers of Hinduism. The reason why India is called a secular democratic country is because we have many religions namely, Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism and Christianity. There are numbers of festivals and events associated with any religion. Behind celebrating each and every festival there is a short diwali story which explains festival’s significance. Similarly there is a diwali story – The Ramayana, reason behind celebrating this festival. Diwali is a festival of lights, sweets and wishes. Diwali is a celebration of victory of truth over lie; good over evil, light over darkness and so Deepavali is also known as festival of lights. Once you read the whole Diwali story you will be able to explain the reason why Deepavali is celebrated? The two main characters of this Diwali story are Lord Rama and Devil Ravana. The Ramayana – story of Diwali is an epic Diwali saga which is related to this festival of joy and happiness.
Mythological Diwali Story – The Ramayana :
Once upon a time, there was a King named Dasharatha. He has three wives namely, Kaushalya, Sumitra and Kaikeyi. Dasharatha is a very kind hearted, intelligent and wise king who ruled over the city Ayodhya but he had no heir to rule his kingdom after him. Therefore, he performed a yagya to pray Gods for child. As a result of his prayer, Kaushalya gave birth to Lord Rama, Sumitra gave birth to two sons named, Lakshmana and Shatrughna, Kaikeyi gave birth to Bharata. This is the beginning of Diwali story. Rama fell in love with a beautiful princess and got married with her. The beautiful princess was Sita, the daughter of Janak, king of Mithila. Janak found Sita in the field in a deep ditch while ploughing. Dasharatha wanted Rama to become king and so did Kaikeyi, but Manthra reminded Kaikeyi about the two boons given to her when she saved Dashratha in battle. Manthra was a dasi though Kaikeyi treated and considered her equivalent to her mom. Manthra forced Kaikeyi to ask King Dashratha to grant the two boons as it would be the perfect need of time. Manthra wanted Bharatha to sit on the throne and not Lord Rama. Dashratha obliged to fulfill those boons, though he never wanted to send Rama on exile. The boons were that Bharat her son to be made king and Rama to be sent into the forest for 14 years on exile. The king was very sad and got ill but he had promised his wife. To keep promise of his father, Rama decided to go for 14 years of exile in forest. Sita and brother Laxman also went with him.
The Ramayana Diwali Story : Demon Ravana as a evil character against the protagonist Lord Rama
Ravana was the king of Lanka [now Sri-Lanka] and greatest devotee of Lord Shiva. He was a demon with ten heads. During their exile, Lord Rama, Sita and Laxman were in a forest and Shoorpnakha was passing by their hut and saw Laxman. She was very proud of her beauty and she was attracted by Laxman. She asked Laxman to marry her but laxman refused her proposal and cut her nose by his sword to teach her a lesson for her arrogance. She went to his brother Ravana and told him the whole incident and asked him to take revenge. Ravan sent demons to spy on them and get information about their strength and weakness. Spies informed that there was a very beautiful and adorable lady with them by the name Sita. After all the praising and hearing so much about Sita’s beauty he wanted to marry Sita. Rama, Sita and Laxman lived happily in forest then one day Ravana sent a demon which changed into a golden beautiful deer who passed by their hut catching Sita’s sight. Sita requested Rama and Laxman to catch that golden deer for her. Rama and Laxman tried a lot to convince her that it was an illusion but she did not want to understand anything. Lord Rama decided to go first and asked Laxman to stay there with Sita and do not leave her alone until he will return. When Rama did not return Lakshman decided to go to look for him and asked Sita not to cross the line (Laxman Rekha) which he made by his arrow in front of hut. When Sita was alone Ravana came there in Brahmin getup and asked for Bhiksha. He kidnapped Sita when she crossed the Lakshman Rekha to give him bhiksha and took her away in his Puspak Vimaan to Ashoka Vatika and kept her as a prisoner until she would agree to marry him. Sita was very clever as she left a trail of her jewellery and belongings all the way to Lanka so Rama can follow them and find her.
To free her from the prison of Ravana, Rama needed help so he went to Hanuman. Hanuman was the greatest devotee of Lord Rama and also a general of monkey army. Hanuman eagerly agreed to help him in finding and rescuing Sita Mata. Hanuman requested Rama to help Sugriv in getting back his throne from his brother Bali and get rid of Bali’s torture by killing him. After becoming king, in return Sugriv would devote his monkey army to Lord Rama for searching of Sita Mata. Messages were sent by Hanuman to all the monkeys in the world. After so many days of research, Hanuman found Sita in Ashoka Vatika. Rama’s army of monkeys was not able to reach the island, so they began building a bridge which is famous by the name Ram Setu (Adam’s Bridge). When the bridge was completed, they rushed across it and fought a battle with king Ravan, Kumbhkaran and Vibhishana. The three were killed with their magical arrows. In this way Rama freed Sita from the prison of Demon Ravana and now they were together again.\
Why Deepavali is Celebrated : Diwali Story
Fourteen years of exile had passed and people of the kingdom Ayodhya were waiting for Lord Rama to come back home. People cleaned their houses to look beautiful and lit oil lamps to show them their way decorated with flowers and garlands. Flower’s perfume and scent filled in the air. Every street was cleaned and watered, decorated with Diwali rangoli to welcome them back.
Ever since, according to diwali story people lit lamps at Diwali to remember that light triumphs over darkness and good triumphs over evil.
Ramanand Sagar Diwali Story – The Ramayana:
Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayana was the first serial on the Diwali Story telecast on television which shows the fact why deepavali is celebrated.
So this is the Epic Ramayana Diwali Story. Hope you now know the reason why deepavali is celebrated. The Diwali Story which I tried to convey in my words is not too descriptive neither too short but full of entertainment. Once you read the diwali story you will love it.