Interesting Facts About Diwali!

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'Diwali' is the festival of lights and several events are associated with Diwali. Lord Rama came back to Ayodhaya after fourteen years of vanvas. In Dwapara Yuga Lord Krishna's wife Satyabhama killed Asura Narakasura. Another event associated with Diwali is Pandavas returned to home after 12 years of exile and Lord Mahavira attained Nirvana on this day. Most important event associated with Diwali is sixth Guru of Sikhs, Shri Guru Hargobind Singh Ji freed from imprisonment of Emperor Jahangir. Diwali is a National Holiday in India. Diwali is celebrated with in different parts India, Malaysia, Singapore, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Nepal etc. Check out Diwali SMS and messages here: http://mobiles.maxabout.com/sms/diwali_sms.aspx
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DIWALI November 3, 2013 Name comes from Sanskrit word 'Deepavali" which means "ROW OF LIGHTS" REASONSTOCELEBRATE Lord Rama came back to Ayodhaya with Mata Sita & younger brother Laxman After 14 years of exile People lit the way with DIYAS Five day Festival Dhanteras Indian business communities begin their financial year Naraka Chaturdasi Also called Choti Diwali Amavasya People worships Lord Ganesha, Goddess Lakshmi & Sarasvati Kartika Shudda Padyami Bhai Dooj Also called Yama Dvitiya DIWALI Between September & October Ashvin month Comes in the Krishna Paksha means "dark fortnight" Ends Between October & November Early Kartika Comes in Shukla Paksha means "Bright fortnight". Significance of the Festival Lord Rama returned to Ayodhaya after 14 years of Vanvas. In Dwapara Yuga Lord Krishna's wife Satyabhama killed asura Narakasura. Pandavas returned to Hastinapur on this day after 12 years of exile. Lord Mahavira attained Moksha or Nirvana on this day. On this day Sixth Guru of Sikhs, Shri Guru Hargobind Sahib ji freed from imprisonment of Emperor Jahangir. Countries which celebrate Diwali 1. India 2. Nepal 3. Myanmar 4. Sri Lanka 5. Mauritius 6. Singapore 7. Malaysia 8. Fizi 9. Trinidad & Tobago 10.Surinam 11.Guyana Diwali is a National Holiday in India CELEBRATION Before Diwali people clean their house Buy new clothes Buy decorative items, sweets etc Decoration of homes with lights & candles Relatives & friends distribute gifts & sweets among each other Worship Goddess Lakshmi RITUALS People believe that 'Lakshmi-Pachayatan' enters the universe on Diwali. Goddess Lakshmi Wealth Prosperity Lord Vishnu Satisfaction Happiness Lord Kubera Wealth Lord Indra Opulence Lord Gajendra Carries the wealth Goddess Saraswati Knowledge New financial year starts with Diwali.