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Deepawali or Diwali is the biggest and the brightest of all Hindu festivals. It is the festival of lights that is marked by four days of celebration, which literally illuminates the country with its brilliance. This year Diwali falls on Wednesday, November 11 2015. Each of the four days in the festival of Diwaliare separated by a different tradition and significance shares Vaikundarjan

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Historically, the origin of Diwali can be traced back to ancient India, when it was an important harvest festival. However, there are various stories behind the festival of Diwali. In some parts of India it is a celebration of the marriage of Lakshmi with Lord Vishnu. Whereas in Bengal, the festival is dedicated to the worship of Mother Kali, the dark goddess of strength. Lord Ganesha, symbol of auspiciousness and wisdom, is also worshiped in most Hindu homes on this day. Diwali also commemorates the return of Lord Rama along with Sita and Lakshman from their fourteen year long exile and vanquishing the demon-king Ravana. Diwali or Deepawali also marks as the Hindu “New Year”.

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Each day of Diwali has its own tale and a legend. The first day of the festival NarakaChaturdasi marks the vanquishing of the demon Naraka by Lord Krishna and his wife Satyabhama. In South India, Diwali is referred to as ‘Deepavali’ while NarakasuraVadha is the main celebration day. The death of the evil Narakasura at the hands of Lord Krishna is the main reason behind celebrating Diwali.

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Amavasya, the second day of Deepawali, marks the worship of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. It is on the third day of Deepawali — KartikaShuddaPadyami that Bali steps out of hell and rules the earth according to the boon given by Lord Vishnu.

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The fourth day is referred to as YamaDvitiya (also called BhaiDooj) and on this day sisters invite their brothers to their homes, says Vaikundarajan

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All the simple rituals of Diwali or Deepawali have a significance and a story to tell. The lighting of homes with lights and the skies with firecrackers is an expression of obeisance to the heavens for the attainment of health, wealth, knowledge, peace and prosperity. According to one belief, the sound of firecrackers are an indication of the joy of the people living on earth, making the gods aware of their plentiful state. Still another possible reason has a more scientific basis: the fumes produced by the crackers kill a lot of insects and mosquitoes, found in plenty after the rains.

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