Diwali 2016:Happy Diwali Images,Wallpaper,Quotes

Diwali 2016: 

Diwali 2016
Deepawali or Diwali is unquestionably the greatest and the brightest of every single Hindu celebration. It's the celebration of lights (Deep = light and avali = a Row i.e., a line of lights) that is set apart by four days of festivity, which truly brightens the nation with its splendor, and amazes all with its satisfaction. This year Diwali falls on Sunday, October 30 , 2016. Each of the four days in the celebration of Diwali is isolated by an alternate convention, yet what stays genuine and consistent is the festival of life, its satisfaction and goodness.

The Beginning of Diwali:

Generally, the starting point of Diwali can be followed back to antiquated India, when it was likely an essential harvest celebration. In any case, there are different legends indicating the inception of Diwali or "Deepawali." Some trust it to be the festival of the marriage of Lakshmi with Lord Vishnu. Though in Bengal the celebration is devoted to the love of Mother Kali, the dull goddess of quality.
Ruler Ganesha, the elephant-headed God, the image of favorability and astuteness, is additionally worshiped in most Hindu homes on this day. In Jainism, Deepawali has an additional criticalness to the colossal occasion of Lord Mahavira accomplishing the unceasing joy of nirvana. Diwali likewise remembers the arrival of Lord Rama alongside Sita and Lakshman from his fourteen year long outcast and vanquishing the evil spirit ruler Ravana. In euphoric festival of the arrival of their lord, the general population of Ayodhya, the Capital of Rama, enlightened the kingdom with earthen Deeps(oil lights) and burst wafers.                           

                                                       Every day of Diwali has its own story, legend and myth to tell. The principal day of the celebration Naraka Chaturdasi marks the vanquishing of the devil Naraka by Lord Krishna and his significant other Satyabhama. Amavasya, the second day of Deepawali, imprints the love of Lakshmi, the goddess of riches in her most kindhearted inclination, satisfying the desires of her aficionados. Amavasya additionally recounts the account of Lord Vishnu, who in his midget incarnation vanquished the despot Bali, and expelled him to hellfire. Bali was permitted to come back to earth once per year, to light a large number of lights to dissipate the murkiness and obliviousness, and spread the brilliance of affection and intelligence. It is on the third day of Deepawali — Kartika Shudda Padyami that Bali ventures out of hellfire and standards the earth as per the shelter given by Lord Vishnu. The fourth day is alluded to as Yama Dvitiya (likewise called Bhai Dooj) and on this day sisters welcome their siblings to their homes.

The Importance of Lights and Firecrackers:

All the straightforward ceremonies of Diwali have a criticalness and a story to tell. The enlightenment of homes with lights and the skies with sparklers is an outflow of respect to the sky for the accomplishment of wellbeing, riches, learning, peace and flourishing. As per one conviction, the sound of fireworks are an indication of the delight of the general population living on earth, making the divine beings mindful of their ample state. Still another conceivable reason has a more investigative premise: the exhaust created by the saltines execute a considerable measure of creepy crawlies and mosquitoes, found in bounty after the downpours.

The Tradition of Gambling( Jua):

The custom of betting on Diwali likewise has a legend behind it. It is trusted that on this day, Goddess Parvati played bones with her significant other Lord Shiva, and she proclaimed that whosoever bet on Diwali night would thrive all through the following year. Diwali is connected with riches and flourishing from multiple points of view, and the celebration of "Dhanteras" ('dhan' = riches; "teras" = thirteenth) is praised two days before the celebration of lights.

From Darkness to Light...The Main Moto of this Festival:

In every legend, myth and story of Deepawali falsehoods the criticalness of the triumph of good over underhandedness; and it is with each Deepawali and the lights that enlighten our homes and hearts, that this straightforward truth finds new reason and trust. From darkness into light — the light that enables us to confer ourselves to great deeds, that which conveys us nearer to eternality. Amid Diwali, lights enlighten each edge of India and the fragrance of incense sticks lingers palpably, blended with the hints of sparklers, happiness, fellowship and trust. Diwali is praised far and wide. Outside India, it is more than a Hindu celebration, it's a festival of South-Asian characters. On the off chance that you are far from the sights and hints of Diwali, light a diya, sit discreetly, close your eyes, pull back the faculties, focus on this preeminent light and enlighten the spirit.

Why do we observe Diwali? It’s not only the bubbly temperament noticeable all around that makes you upbeat, or simply that it's a decent time to appreciate before the appearance of winter. There are lot of  authentic reasons why Diwali is an incredible time to celebrate. What's more, there are great reasons for Hindus as well as for all others to praise this extraordinary Festival of Lights.

1.Goddess Lakshmi's Birthday:

The Goddess of riches, Lakshmi incarnated on the new moon day (amaavasyaa) of the Kartik month amid the agitating of the sea (samudra-manthan), henceforth the relationship of Diwali with Lakshmi.

2. Vishnu Rescued Lakshmi:

On this very day (Diwali day), Lord Vishnu in his fifth incarnation as Vaman-avtaara safeguarded Lakshmi from the jail of King Bali and this is another reason of adoring Ma Larkshmi on Diwali.

3. Krishna Killed Narakaasur: 

On the day going before Diwali, Lord Krishna killed the evil spirit ruler Narakaasur and protected 16,000 ladies from his bondage.
The festival of this opportunity continued for two days including the Diwali day as a triumph celebration.

4. The Return of the Pandavas: 

According to the immense epic ‘Mahabharata’, it was ‘Kartik Amavashya’ when the Pandavas showed up from their 12 years of expulsion as a consequence of their thrashing in the hands of the Kauravas at the round of shakers (betting). The subjects who adored the Pandavas commended the day by lighting the earthen lights.

5. The Victory of Rama: 

According to the epic ‘Ramayana’, it was the new moon day of Kartik when Lord Ram, Ma Sita and Lakshman came back to Ayodhya in the wake of vanquishing Ravana and overcoming Lanka. The subjects of Ayodhya beautified the whole city with the earthen lights and lit up it more than ever.

6. Crowning ritual of Vikramaditya: 

One of the best Hindu King Vikramaditya was coroneted on the Diwali day, thus Diwali turned into a chronicled occasion also.

7. Extraordinary Day for the Arya Samaj: 

It was the new moon day of Kartik (Diwali day) when Maharshi Dayananda, one of the best reformers of Hinduism and the originator of Arya Samaj accomplished his nirvana.

8. Uncommon Day for the Jains: 

Mahavir Tirthankar, thought to be the author of current Jainism likewise accomplished his nirvana on Diwali day.

9. Uncommon Day for the Sikhs: 

The third Sikh Guru Amar Das regulated Diwali as a Red-Letter Day when all Sikhs would assemble to get the Gurus gifts. In 1577, the establishment stone of the Golden Temple at Amritsar was laid on Diwali. In 1619, the 6th Sikh Guru Hargobind, who was held by the Mughal Emperor Jahengir, was discharged from the Gwalior fortification alongside 52 lords.

Diwali 2016:

Step by step instructions to Celebrate Dhanteras:

On Dhanteras, Lakshmi - the Goddess of riches - is worshiped to give success and prosperity. It is additionally the day for praising riches, as "Dhan" truly implies riches and "Tera" originates from the date thirteenth.

At night, the light is lit and Dhan-Lakshmi is invited into the house. Alpana or Rangoli outlines are drawn on pathways including the goddess' impressions to stamp the entry of Lakshmi. Aartis or reverential songs are sung praising Goddess Lakshmi and desserts and organic products are offered to her.

Hindus likewise venerate Lord Kuber as the treasurer of riches and bestower of wealth, alongside Goddess Lakshmi on Dhanteras. This custom of worshiping Lakshmi and Kuber together is in prospect of multiplying the advantages of such supplications.
Individuals rush to the gem dealers and purchase gold or silver gems or utensils to revere the event of Dhanteras.

Numerous wear new garments and wear adornments as they light the principal light of Diwali while some take part in a session of betting.

Legend behind the Dhanteras and Naraka Chaturdashi:

An old legend credits the event to a fascinating anecdote about the 16 year old child of King Hima. His horoscope anticipated his passing by snake-chomp on the fourth day of his marriage. On that specific day, his recently marry spouse did not permit him to rest. She laid out every one of her adornments and loads of gold and silver coins in a pile at the passageway of the dozing chamber and lit lights everywhere. At that point she described stories and sang melodies to keep her better half from nodding off.

The following day, when Yama, the lord of Death, touched base at the ruler's doorstep in the appearance of a Serpent, his eyes were astonished and blinded by the brightness of the lights and the gems. Yam couldn't enter the Prince's chamber, so he got on top of the pile of gold coins and sat there the whole night listening to the stories and melodies. In the morning, he quietly left.
Along these lines, the youthful sovereign was spared from the grip of death by the shrewdness of his new lady of the hour, and the day came to be praised as Dhanteras. What's more, the next days came to be called Naraka Chaturdashi ('Naraka' implies damnation and Chaturdashi implies fourteenth). It is additionally know as "Yamadeepdaan" as the women of the house light earthen lights or "profound" and these are continued smoldering for the duration of the night commending Yama, the lord of Death.

Since this is the night before Diwali, it is also called 'Chhhoti Diwali' or Diwali minor.

The Myth of Dhanavantri:

Another legend says, in the cosmic battle between the gods and the demons when both churned the ocean for ‘amrit’ or divine nectar, Dhanavantri – the physician of the gods and an incarnation of Vishnu – emerged carrying a pot of the elixir. So, according to this mythological tale, the word Dhanteras comes from the name Dhanavantri, the divine doctor.

ere's a selection of some colorful books for children on "Diwali" - the greatest festival of the Hindus, celebrated across the world.

Diwali Book Which Must be Read on Diwali Festival

  •   “Lights For Gita”

In this full-color illustrated book by Rachna Gilmore and Alice Priestley (Illustrator), Gita, an immigrant child from India celebrates Diwali for the first time in her new home in the West. "When she lights the wicks on the family's oil-filled ‘diyas’, Gita realizes that no matter where they live, they can always drive away the darkness with light." A wonderful picture-book for children above
  •  “Diwali: Hindu Festival of Lights”

This book by Dianne M. MacMillan is high on facts but low on visual appeal. An excellent resource book for school children on the history, culture, beliefs, practices, and people of India, it gives the young reader a well-rounded picture of the real meaning of Diwali.

  •   "Lighting a Lamp: A Diwali Story"

Here is a simple and delightful introduction to Diwali — suitable for the very youngest child - from the Festival Time Books series by by Jonny Zucker, Jan Barger Cohen (Illustrator). Follow a family as they make rangoli patterns, light diyas, and watch a brilliant fireworks display to celebrate their amazing festival of light.

  • “Diwali” by Denise M. Jordan:

A simple introduction to the customs and traditions connected with the Hindu celebration of Diwali. 
A Hindu family celebrates Diwali at home.  Deepavali or Diwali means "a row of lights". It falls on the last two days of the dark half of the Hindu month of Kartik (October-November)

Mythical Origins of Diwali:

There are various alleged origins attributed to this festival. Some hold that they celebrate the marriage of Lakshmi with Lord Vishnu. In Bengal the festival is dedicated to the worship of Kali. It also commemorates that blessed day on which the triumphant Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana. On this day also Sri Krishna killed the demon Narakasura. In South India people take an oil bath in the morning and wear new clothes. They partake of sweetmeats. They light fireworks, which are regarded as the effigies of Narakasura who was killed on this day. They greet one another, asking, "Have you had your Ganges bath?" which actually refers to the oil bath that morning as it is regarded as purifying as a bath in the holy Ganga.

Give and Forgive

Everyone forgets and forgives the wrongs done by others.
There is an air of freedom, festivity and friendliness everywhere. This festival brings about unity. It instills charity in the hearts of people. Everyone buys new clothes for the family. Employers, too, purchase new clothes for their employees.
Rise and Shine

Waking up during the 'Brahmamuhurta' (at 4a.m.) is a great blessing from the standpoint of health, ethical discipline, efficiency in work and spiritual advancement. It is on Deepavali that everyone wakes up early in the morning. The sages who instituted this custom must have cherished the hope that their descendents would realise its benefits and make it a regular habit in their lives.

Unite and Unify

In a happy mood of great rejoicing village folk move about freely, mixing with one another without any reserve, all enmity being forgotten. People embrace one another with love. Deepavali is a great unifying force. Those with keen inner spiritual ears will clearly hear the voice of the sages, "O Children of God unite, and love all". The vibrations produced by the greetings of love, which fill the atmosphere, are powerful enough to bring about a change of heart in every man and woman in the world. Alas! That heart has considerably hardened, and only a continuous celebration of Deepavali in our homes can rekindle in us the urgent need of turning away from the ruinous path of hatred.

Prosper and Progress

On this day, Hindu merchants in North India open their new account books and pray for success and prosperity during the coming year. The homes are cleaned and decorated by day and illuminated by night with earthen oil-lamps. The best and finest illuminations are to be seen in Bombay and Amritsar. The famous Golden Temple at Amritsar is lit in the evening with thousands of lamps placed all over the steps of the big tank. Vaishnavites celebrate the Govardhan Puja and feed the poor on a large scale.
Illuminate Your Inner Self
The light of lights, the self-luminous inner light of the Self is ever shining steadily in the chamber of your heart. Sit quietly. Close your eyes. Withdraw the senses. Fix the mind on this supreme light and enjoy the real Deepavali, by attaining illumination of the soul. He who Himself sees all but whom no one beholds, who illumines the intellect, the sun, the moon and the stars and the whole universe but whom they cannot illumine, He indeed is Brahman, He is the inner Self. Celebrate the real Deepavali by living in Brahman, and enjoy the eternal bliss of the soul.

The sun does not shine there, nor do the moon and the stars, nor do lightnings shine and much less fire. All the lights of the world cannot be compared even to a ray of the inner light of the Self. Merge yourself in this light of lights and enjoy the supreme Deepavali.

Many Deepavali festivals have come and gone. Yet the hearts of the vast majority are as dark as the night of the new moon. The house is lit with lamps, but the heart is full of the darkness of ignorance.

O man! Wake up from the slumber of ignorance. Realise the constant and eternal light of the Soul, which neither rises nor sets, through meditation and deep enquiry.

May you all attain full inner illumination! May the supreme light of lights enlighten your understanding! May you all attain the inexhaustible spiritual wealth of the Self! May you all prosper gloriously on the material as well as spiritual planes!

So Guys Happy Diwali 2016.... 
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