Origin & Significance
Diwali, one of the most anticipated Indian festival, is celebrated at the end of autumn every year. As it marks the last harvest of the year before winter. People seek blessings of goddess Lakshmi, as they pray for success and well being of family and friends.
Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, is celebrated through by lighting diyas, exchanging sweets and conducting puja to worship Lakshmi. It is believed that goddess Lakshmi roams the Earth looking for homes where she would be welcomed. This is the reason people keep their doors open, lit with diyas to welcome Lakshmi.
It is believed that goddess of wealth, Lakshmi was incarnated on the new moon day of the Kartik month during the churning of the ocean. Hence, she is worshipped on Diwali. Another legend states that it was new moon day of Kartik when Lord Ram along with Sita and Lakshman returned to Ayodhya after killing demon king Ravana and conquering Lanka. The people of Ayodhya welcomed them by decorating the capital with earthen lamps.