We all know that, Diwali is one of the most important festivals celebrated all over india. But, what some of us don’t know is the story – “diwali stories”, behind the celebrations.
I remember when I was about 8 or so, I went to my mom and asked about the reason behind having early morning oil baths and poojas. Well, I am an overenthusiastic when it comes to anything about our traditions! And like every other time, she would say, “it has to be done like this only, don’t keep questioning things!”. Once my nagging about the Diwali stories reached its peak, and my mom patiently told me the story of Rama and Sita.
Diwali story of Return of rama to ayodhya
Once upon a time, in a beautiful place called the ayodhaya, lived prince Rama! He was married to the beautiful Sita! But, as fate will have it, they had to spend 14 years of vanavasam (living in the forest).
During that time, the demon king Ravana, fell for the beautiful sita and wanted to marry her. But she loved Rama very much. So, Ravana made a devious plan and kidnapped her. Now, Sita was not just beautiful, but was a clever too. She left clues behind. These clues led rama to the place she was held as a prisoner. With the help of his loving brother Lakshman and disciple – Lord Hanuman and a lot more friends, Rama fought the war against Ravana. And won it fair and square!
To celebrate his victory and his return to his rightful land of ayodhya as its ruler, the people of ayodhya lit up the streets and their home with lamps! They welcomed Rama, sita and Lakshmana with a lot of love! Since then, we all remember and celebrate that day, for their bravery and defeat of the darkness, as Diwali!
That is just one of the Diwali story, that I heard! Here is another, one that my grandma told me. Personally my favourite – because Krishna and more importantly Sathyabhama, a lady warrior killed Narakasura!
Diwali Story about Krishna Killing narakasura
Lord Vishnu has 10 incarnations, and one of them was the varaha avatar. During the varaha avatar, Vishnu and Goddess bhumadevi gave birth to Narakasura! Due to love for her son, goddess bhumadevi sought a boon from Vishnu – that her son, narakasura must be powerful and have a long life.
With enormous power, he became evil. Captured everything from heaven to earth. This information reached the ears of Sathyabama (avatar of bhumadevi), wife of Lord Krishna (another avatar of Vishnu). And to end his wrong doings, Krishna, along with Sathyabama, went to fight against him.
During the battle, When Krishna faints, Sathyabama, with all her power – killed the mighty Narakasura! As his dying wish to Sathyabama, that day is celebrated with colourful light and not hate, as Diwali!
And here is another short story about Lord Vishnu saving Goddess Lakshmi.
Diwali Story about Saving Goddess Lakshmi
Mahabali was a rakshasha, who was growing strong and strong. He defeated every god and enslaved the Goddess Lakshmi. When all the devars and lords approached Lord Vishnu to stop his rage. Lord Vishnu takes the form of Dwarf with an umbrella – Vaman.
In this avatar, her approached Mahabali. Mahabali was filled with pride and was over his head. The moment he met Vaman, he welcomed him and asked him what he wants. When Vaman replied, “You cant give me what I ask you!” – Mahabali smiles and accepts the challenge.
Vaman asks for just 3 steps. But, what mahabali din’t expect was, in the first step, vaman covers the entire earth, in the next, he covers the entire universe, and asks mahabali about the 3rd! Accepting his defeat, and ashamed about his overconfidence, he offers his head for the 3rd step.
And that is how Lord Vishnu rescued Goddess Lakshmi.
I hope that these 3 short diwali stories will help you to answer your kids nagging questions. And also to teach them about the significance of lighting the Lamps and the triumph of Light over the darkness! We, from Greentikki, wish you and your children a very happy and a safe Diwali!
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