Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals : 12-14.
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Chapter -12. Yajna – Quintessence of the Culture of India-14.
Deepavali message given on the 25th of October, 1973.
We have various occasions throughout the year to remind us of the threefold duty. They are called Vratas, some of which are annual, some monthly, and some daily. The Dipavali Vrata is observed every year on the fourteenth day (Chaturdasi) of the dark fortnight in the month of Kartika (October-November).
People take a holy oil bath, put on new clothes, and eat delicious dishes. Crackers are burst, and lines of light are lit everywhere. There is an atmosphere of gaiety and sanctity. Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped and Divine grace is invoked.
Though there are many stories associated with this celebration of Dipavali, the prominent one is the killing of the demon Narakasura by Lord Sri Krishna while returning to Dwaraka from Indraloka, from where he brought the Parijata plant to fulfil the wishes of Satyabhama, his consort.
The Dipavali festival is regarded as an occasion particularly associated with an ancient event of Sri Krishna overcoming the demoniacal force known as Narakasura, as recorded in the epics and Puranas. After the great victory over Narakasura in a battle, which appears to have lasted for long, long days, Sri Krishna, with his consort Satyabhama, returned to his abode in Dwaraka.
The residents of Dwaraka were very anxious about the delay caused of Sri Krishna's returning and it is said that they were worshipping Bhagavati Lakshmi for the prosperity and welfare of everyone and the quick returning of Bhagavan Sri Krishna and Satyabhama. And, after Sri Krishna returned, the story goes that he took a bath after applying oil over his body to cleanse himself subsequent to the very hectic work he had to do in the war that ensued earlier.
This oil-bath connected with Sri Krishna's ritual is also one of the reasons for people necessarily remembering to take an oil-bath on the day known as Naraka Chaturdasi, prior to the Amavasya, when Lakshmi Puja is conducted. Everyone in India remembers to take an oil-bath on Naraka Chaturdasi in memory of, in honour of, Bhagavan Sri Krishna's doing that after the demise of Narakasura.
Having taken the bath, they all joined together in great delight in the grand worship of Maha-Lakshmi for general prosperity of everyone in Dwaraka. This is the traditional background, as is told to us, of the rites and the worships connected with Naraka Chaturdasi and Dipavali Amavasya.
To be continued ...
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