Jun 23, 2022
Call it Diwali or Deepavali, this festival of lights is a festival of happiness. The festive season brings its dose of fun and joy to both children and elders. Children in specific await to burn crackers donning their best dresses and relishing Diwali special sweets.
How would that be if we could let our children know the significance of Diwali by narrating them Diwali stories? Won’t they fall in love with the festival more? Come join us as we uncover the Diwali stories below so you can fascinate your children with the same.
The most famous among Diwali stories is the killing of demon Narakasura by the loving queen of Lord Krishna, Satyabhama. The story goes like this:
Narakasura is the son of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Bhudevi in his Varaha avatar. Narakasura is a demon king. He performed intense penance and obtained a boon from Lord Brahma that no one but Narakasura’s mother would kill him.
Enraged with this happiness that he became invincible and assumed that no mother would kill her son, Narakasura starts troubling the three lokas. Vexed with his annoyances, all Gods appeal to Lord Vishnu to end his nuisance. For this, Vishnu promises that he shall show a solution in his Krishna avatar.
When Lord Vishnu was in his Krishna avatar, once the people of his kingdom appealed to Lord Krishna about the annoyances of Naraksura. Then, he sets out to fight him and kill him.
At that instant, his queen Satyabhama requests that she too shall join the war against Narakasura and reminds him of women’s power.
Sri Krishna happily agrees to his beloved queen’s request. They both set out to kill Narakasura on the battlefield. During the war, Narakasura shoots an arrow onto Krishna that makes him unconscious.
Angered by this, Satyabhama sets out to fight Narakasura and kills him after a fierce fight. Little did Narakasura know that Satyabhama is an incarnation of Bhudevi, who is none other than his mother!
The day when Satyabhama killed Narakasura was Aswayuja Krishna Paksha Chaturdasi – the fourteenth day of the Aswayuja month of the Indian Lunar calendar.
The next day, that is on Amavasya – the new moon day which is nothing but Diwali, the people of Lord Krishna’s kingdom welcome the royal couple with fireworks and oil-lit lamps for their victory over the demon.
This is the practice that we celebrate as Diwali, which marks the end of evil and welcomes joy and happiness.
After he kills Ravana on VijayaDasami, Lord Rama releases Sita Maata from Lanka. They start their journey to Ayodhya and reach the kingdom on the day of Diwali.
Knowing about the return of their beloved King and Queen, the people of Ayodhya welcomed them with oil lamps, fireworks, rangolis, and flowers. Thus, even from this Diwali story, we get that Diwali symbolizes the victory of good over evil.
King Mahabali was an ancient king ruling the Dravidian parts of India. He was a benevolent king. However, after doing penance and attaining invincible powers, he occupied the three worlds – Earth, Heavens, and the Underworld.
With the same ego and ruthless power, he captured Goddess Lakshmi to attain endless wealth. This angers Lord Vishnu, who then takes the form of a small Brahmin boy, Vamana.
Pretending as a poor brahmin, Vamana approaches Mahabali and requests him three feet of land for his survival. Mahabali promises the same in no time.
Soon, the small boy grows into a gigantic human and occupies both the sky and the Earth with his two feet. When he asks about the third foot of land, Mahabali shows his head.
Then Vamana crushes Mahabali into the underworld, thus freeing Goddess Lakshmi. It happened on the day of Diwali, so we worship Goddess Lakshmi and take her blessings.
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After 13 years of exile, including one year of living in disguise in the Virata kingdom, Pandavas return to Hastinapura on the day of Diwali. This Diwali story signifies the end of dark times and the welcoming of prosperity and success.
Vikramaditya is a brave and legendary king of ancient India. It is in his name that Indians still use the Vikrama Samvat calendar, which starts from 57 BCE.
According to historical texts, it was on the day of Diwali that the coronation of King Vikramaditya took place. Diwali is thus an auspicious occasion to start anything new!
Diwali is not only significant to Hindus but is also celebrated by Jains and Buddhists.
According to Jainism, it was on Diwali that Lord Mahavira, the founder of Jainism, attained Nirvana, the ultimate liberation.
According to Buddhism, Gautam Buddha returned to Kapilavastu with followers after 18 years. The people of the kingdom welcomed him with millions of oil lamps. On this occasion, Lord Gautama Buddha made a saying: Atha Deepa Bhava – which means Enlighten Yourself.
This is why Diwali is also celebrate with same pomp and joy in countries such as Fiji, Guyana, India, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago where Jainism, Hinduism and Buddhism are followed.
Thus, Diwali guides us to light our inner self, eliminate the evil hidden in us and look at the brighter side of life to accomplish our real purpose.
Please make sure to share these Diwali stories with your children and enrich their knowledge of Indian festivals and culture.
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