Myths and Legends of Diwali
by Vikas Kamat
While Diwali is a very popular festival observed all over the world wherever people of Indian origin live, the mode of celebrations and the traditions depend on which of the legends the particular family or community had followed in the past.
Rama's Return to Ayodhya
See Also: Ramayana
Killing of Narakasura
Followers of Krishna observe Diwali as the day Narakasura, a demon of dirt and darkness was vanquished by Krishna. Hence the practitioners clean houses and neighborhoods, and take an elaborate, deep cleansing bath.
Worship of Goddess Laxmi
The festival of Diwali is celebrated in devotion to goddess Laxmi, the provider of health, wealth, and prosperty.
See Also: Goddess Laxmi
Vishnu Appears as Vamana
Another legend of Diwali is that it was the day Lord Vishnu appeared in human form to rescue the world from a demon Bali.
See Also: The Story of Vamana
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