Life in India never stops. No matter what it is always in full swing. Every now and then you are observing a festival. These festivals may be cultural, seasonal, regional or religious. Also every festival has its own story. Here we are going to talk about India’s 3 religious festivals and story behind them.
Maha Shivratri is celebrated on the first moon of Maagha, month of Hindu calendar. It is night festival and is solemn in nature. Devotees of Shiva celebrate it by arranging Jagran, fasting and self-improvement. There are many legends associated with it. It is said that on this night Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati got married. Some say it is the night when Shiva performed his dance of creation, preservation and destruction. Still other hold the opinion that on this night Shiva destroyed evils and eradicated darkness from life.
Holi is festival of colours. It is celebrated with full energy and passion. Children, youngsters and elders participate with enthusiasm. They apply and throw colours on each other. This festival is celebration of the day when Prahlaj, a devotee of Lord Vishnu, got saved and his wicked father was killed. The name of festival is attributed to the name of Prahlaj’s aunt, Holika, that tried to kill him but failed to do so.
This is night is celebrated by decorating houses with lamp and doing fireworks. Before this night houses are cleaned thoroughly and doors are opened. It is thought that this gesture will please goddess Lakshmi and they will have increase in their income. The story behind Diwali is that Lord Ram was sent to exile for 14 years to fulfil his father’s promise. He went along with her wife and brother. Ravan kidnapped Sita, but Ram defeated him and after completing his exile got back to home. On his arrival his people arranged big celebration. Now every year that night is celebrated as Diwali.
All of these stories have one thing in common, that is virtue always wins over evil. What do you think?