Diwali is a festival that we all wait eagerly since the start of the year. Since childhood, we have heard the story that it is celebrated in joy of Lord Ram’s return after spending 14 years in exile and defeating the demon king Ravana.
1. Anniversary Of Nirvana
Diwali is a special day for people of Jain faith as the day marks the anniversary of Nirvana (final release) of 24th Jain Tirthankara Lord Mahavir. It is believed that the liberation of Mahavira’s soul happened on this day.
Lord Mahavira attained Moksha at Pawapuri (Bihar) this day. Jains remember this day as the passing commemoration of their 24th Tirthankara Mahavira and his achievement of moksha. The day also marks the end of the year for Jains.
2. Ashok Vijayadashami
This is an important day for Buddhists to celebrate. Ashoka the great was a famous proponent of Buddhism in the world. On this day of Diwali Buddhists celebrate Ashoka’s conversion to Buddhism.
Buddhists celebrate the day by chanting the mantras as well as remembering Emperor Ashoka.
3. Bandi Chhor Divas
Diwali is also an important occasion for the followers of Sikhism. The day is celebrated as Bandi Chhor Diwas or the “Day of Liberation.” Significance of the day is related to sixth Sikh Guru Hargobind Ji.
As per Sikh history, on this day, Guru Hargobind Ji was released from prison by the Mughal Emperor Jahangir who freed 52 other Hindu kings with him. The day is celebrated just like Diwali with lightning of home and Gurudwaras.
Now, when you have got four reasons to celebrate Diwali what more you want on this festive occasion. We wish you a very happy and prosperous Diwali and request you to not indulge in cracker burning.