Diwali is the festival of lights. Indians celebrate throughout the planet with great zeal and passion. Diwali not only brings a lot of enthusiasm but also five days to celebrate the festive fervor. Firecrackers, sweets, lights and lots of shopping are the features of Diwali that are most awaited and enjoyed. Five days of Diwali are filled with cheerfulness and each day holds a different importance and legend behind it. A list of five day events is given here along with their legends.
Diwali commences with Dhanvantari Trayodashi. According to Hindu calendar, it is the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna Paksha in the month of Kartik. Dhanteras is the famous name of Dhanvantari Trayodashi. Legends say that Lord Dhanwantari came out of the ocean on this day. He was having Ayurvedic ways of treatment for the benefit of mankind. On this day people worship Lord Yamaraj and light a ‘Yama-Diya’ at night in order to offer prayers to Him. People purchase new utensils on this day. This is also a tradition which is related with Dhanvantari Trayodashi.
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Narak Chaturdashi falls on the second day of Diwali. According to the legends, on this day Lord Krishna killed the demon Narakasur to free mankind from his fear. Massaging body with oil and bath on this day is a tradition. It is said that those who do not bath on this day go to hell.
The third day of Diwali is the most important day of the Diwali celebrations. The divine Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped on this day and people offer prayers to her to receive her blessings for affluence and prosperity. For this day, people make their homes spick and span and adorn their homes with several clay lamps and colorful lights and play with firecrackers.
The fourth day of Diwali is dedicated to Govardhan Pooja or worshipping of Govardhan Parvat. Legends say that once Lord Shri Krishna performed the Govardhan Pooja with the citizens of Vraja for their safety from heavy rains. Since that time, it turned into a Hindu tradition to worship Govardhan Parvat in order to respect that first Pooja done on this day.
Bhaidooj is the fifth day of Diwali. On this day the bond of brother and sister is strengthened and their relation is honored. Legends hold that on this day Lord Yamaraj visited his sister Yamuna and gave a boon that if brothers visit their sisters on this day, they will be freed from all their sins. The tradition of visiting sisters by their brothers is followed since that day. Sisters put tika on foreheads of their brothers and sweeten their mouths with sweets. This day marks the end of the five day long celebrations of Diwali.
Five days of Diwali hold immense pleasure and delight. They give us chance to have celebrations one after another.
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