There are many interpretations of word “Diwali”.
- According to the Hindu Studies and Sustainability faculty at the Graduate Theological Union, the term “Diwali” is derived from the Sanskrit word “dīpāvalī” which means “rows of light”.
- According to Dr Bihani Sarkar, Sanskrit lecturer at the University of Oxford, said the origins of Diwali are shrouded in mystery and that the festival means different things to different regions in India.
- However, the significance of the celebration is similar irrespective of names, i.e., “victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.“
- Grand Weclome of Lord Ram, Sita, and Laxmana after to Ayodhya
Diwali was celebrated since October 5064 BC.Northern part of India, Diwali is signifying as victory of good over evil and welcome ceremony of Lord Ram’s return to Ayodhya. According to Hindu epic Ramayana, Lord Rama, his wife Sita and his brother Laxmana returned to Ayodhya after a completion of 14 years in exile and defeating the demon king Ravana