7 Reasons Why We Celebrate Diwali

There are seven different reasons why different parts of India celebrate Diwali.

According to Ramayana, Lord Ram, his wife Sita and brother Lakshman returned to Ayodhya after spending 14 years in exile and defeating the demon king Raavan.

The festival marks the return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya.

According to the most popular tradition, Goddess Lakshmi was born on this day.

As per epic Mahabharata, Diwali is the day on which the five Pandava brothers returned to Hastinapur after 12 years.

In Sikhism, Diwali is related to the event of Guru Hargobind’s release by Mughal emperor Jehangir.

In Jainism, Diwali is celebrated to observe the anniversary of Mahavira’s soul finally attaining Nirvana.

In some states in western India, such as Gujarat, the festival of Diwali signifies the start of the new year.

Eastern India, especially West Bengal, celebrates Diwali as Kali Puja.