Deep, meaning lights; avali means ‘a row’ – together making it a ‘row of lights’.
All the mothers, sisters, brothers, and fathers of Ayodhya lit diyas in their house when Lord Rama returned from his 14-years-long exile with his brother Laxman and wife Sita. The king returned after defeating the demon king Ravan of Lanka.
To commemorate the great king, all the people illuminated the entire kingdom with earthen lamps and celebrated Lord Rama’s return with firecrackers. They were ecstatic with joy, and that’s how Diwali became the festival of lights where we celebrate new beginnings and the triumph of virtue over the sinful.
However, different states of India celebrate this festival in their way. Bengal worships Goddess Maa Kali who signifies power and strength. For the Jains, Deepavali is a significant occasion as it marks the attainment of nirvana by Lord Mahavira.
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