Tamilnadu festival Diwali
Diwali is a festival which is celebrated in the month of karthika. The deepam is lighted in a small clay pot filled with oil . Diwali is also called as Narak Chaturdasi.
Importance of Diwali
Reason for celebrating Diwali
In Dwapara yuga, a demon named Naragasura, son of God Bhoomi, ruled Pragjyotishpur, a province to the south of Nepal. He possessed devilish tendencies. During a war with Lord Indra, the demon defeated Indra and snatched away the magnificent earnings of mother goddesses Aditi, who was not only ruler of saraloka, but also a relative of Lord Krishna wife – Sathayabhama. Indra being helpless before the demon, asked Lord Krishna. The demon had grand fort was guarded by a five headed demon mura, with his flying discus. Narakusura had a request to Lord Krishna that his death should bring joy to others. Krishna granted his request and women were freed.
This defeat of Narakasura by Lord Krishna signifies that good always wins the evil.
Diwali is a festival of 5 days.
1st day of Diwali festival – Dhavantri Triodasi
2nd day of Diwali festival– Narak Chadardasi
3rd day of Diwali festival– Diwali
4th day of Diwali festival– Goverdana pooja
5th day of Diwali festival– Bharatri pooja
How to celebrate Diwali festival
People do pooja in evening of Diwali festival with tiny day to drive away shadows of evil spirits. Bajans are sung in praise of the goddess and sweets are offered. People of the goddess and sweets are offered. People also worship "kuber"- the treasures of the gods. Children burst crackers and enjoy eating sweets.