Rama and Sita, the characters of the legendary epic “Ramayana” loved each other so much that Rama went on foot hundreds of miles into a country separated by the sea to get back his wife.
A love so strong that he conquered every odd that came against him to get to his love.
Ramayana is a story of love in its absoluteness. It is the story of love between, a husband and wife, love between brothers- Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata., Shatrughna and a family bond between all the members of Rama’s family.
The bond of love gets reunited when Rama conquers Ravana with the help of Hanuman and his troops of monkeys, and gets back his wife Sita.
As love unfolds between the two, the celebration of their homecoming grips the city of Ayodhya after 14 years of exile, the entire city is lit up in a festive mood signifying the “Festival of Lights”. This festival is Diwali.
This festival of lights has a great historical relevance in Indian history. The day was marked by lighting diyas and candles and is a custom that is followed even today.
Diwali also known as Deepavali meaning “row of lamps” is the brightest one among all the Indian festivals. It brings with it unparalleled gusto and gaiety. Almost everyone in India celebrates this festival with great zeal and enthusiasm and now it is celebrated all over the world too!
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An ancient celebration with deep spiritual roots, Diwali is not just the festival of lights but also love, homecoming, family bonding and togetherness. It brings the whole family closer to each other and the entire family enjoys the festivity of the day. Thus, making it is a sign of homecoming, family bonding and love.
Diwali spreads the message of love and togetherness. It is this festival which soaks every living being with deep love. The whole atmosphere gets filled with positivity and festivity of the festival. This brings the feeling of warmth and closeness among people. It even reminds us of the joy Rama family had when he got united with his kingdom.
Diwali ends up with the festival dedicated to brother sister bonding as Bhai Dooj indicates the eternal love and bonding of a sister and a brother.
Endless shopping, eating sweets, adorning shelves with beautiful gifts, illuminating houses with diyas and candles, bursting crackers, wearing new clothes are some of the things associated with this bright and beautiful festival.
As Diwali, the festival of lights, marks the victory of Rama over Ravana and epitomises the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness, let us all take a pledge and make this amazing festival into an occasion to celebrate humanity and light the lamps of love and brotherhood in our souls. Forgive all those who have hurt us and make a more cordial and happy relations.
Till then, stay safe, burst eco-friendly crackers, spread love and smiles.