There are many interesting legends associated with the origin & history of Diwali. The legends of Deepawali festival mainly consist of the stories picked from the religious scriptures of Hindus. One thing that is common to these legends is the fact that, they all end up with the message that good always triumphs over evil. Well, in this article, we will provide you with information on the Diwali history. Read further to know about the story of Diwali.
Legend of Rama and Sita
Lord Rama was asked to leave the kingdom of Ayodhya along with his wife
Sita and younger brother Lakshman by his father Dashratha, who was the
king of Ayodhya. Lord Rama returned home after the completion of 14
years of his exile. Lord Rama defeated Ravana, the demon of Lanka and
protected the people from the clutches of this evil mind. When he came
back home after his victory, he was given a warm welcome by the people
of Ayodhya. The day was observed as an occasion for celebrating the
victory of Rama over Ravana, thus the triumph of truth over evil.
Legend of King Bali and Vamana Avatar
The story revolves around the king named Bali, who was very generous.
Once it happened that some of the deities went to meet Lord Vishnu and
requested him to keep a track of the king's power. On the request of
several Gods, the Lord Vishnu visited earth, disguised in the form of a
dwarf priest named Vamana. The dwarf met the King and said that he is
the ruler of the three distinctive worlds, namely, the Earth, sky and
the world lying underneath the skies. Vamana asked him to give him the
space that he can cover in three steps. The king laughed thinking that a
dwarf would hardly be able to cover any space and he agreed to his
request. It was at that point of time that the dwarf got converted into
Vishnu and his three paces covered the entire earth, sky and the
universe. As a result, the king was given the portion of the world lying
underneath the skies.
Legend of Narkasur and Lord Krishna
The story is about Lord Krishna, the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu,
who succeeded in defeating the demon Narkasur. Narkasur had brought
about havoc, creating fear in the minds of people. He would kidnap
pretty women and forcefully make them live with him. Lord Vishnu heard
the cries of the victims and appeared in the form of Lord Krishna and
fought with the devil Narkasur and finally succeeded in freeing the
women from the clutches of the monster Narkasur. It is a great story
that speaks of the triumph of good over evil.
Legend of Krishna and the Mountain
Long back in the village of Gokula, it happened that people offered
prayers to Lord Indra, who was believed to send the rains and make the
crops grow. It was at that time that Lord Krishna came and asked people
to pray the mountain Govardhan, as the mountain as well as the land
surrounding it was quite fertile. This made the God Indra angry and he
brought a thunderstorm. This incident terrified the people and they went
to Krishna for help. Then the Lord Krishna lifted the mountain with his
one finger, giving a sigh of relief to the people of Gokula village. It
also paved way for the growing of crops. This incident reminds the
Hindus to thank God for the bounty of nature.