Diwali is an important festival for Hindus around the world. It commemorates the return of Lord Rama to his kingdom Ayodhya after killing Raavan. It is a festival of joy, brightness, and happiness. This festival is also believed to be the symbol of Goddess Lakshmi coming home. The festival of lights signifies the victory of good over evil. People worship Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi as they are believed to bring good luck, prosperity and wealth. Diwali celebrations go on for 3 days and each day has its significance.
On this day Lord Krishna destroyed the demon Narakasur, the ruler of Pragjoytoshpur who had imprisoned the 16,000 daughters of gods. People wake up early and apply oils on them before they take bath. This is said remove all the sins and impurities. They wear new clothes, offer Puja and burst few crackers.
The second day is the main Diwali festival. Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped on this day. It is believed that goddess Lakshmi enters home and blesses devotees with good fortune and wealth. Tiny oil diyas and candles are placed around the house. People visit their neighbors to exchange sweets and gifts.
Balipadyami is celebrated on the third day of the festival. Maha Bali, the king of Pathala Loka is worshipped on this day. He was given a boon by Lord Vishnu to visit the earth once a year. People draw beautiful figures with rice powder and worship Bali and his wife Vindhyavali. At night every home is lighted with diyas and they also burst crackers.
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