Come Deepavali, celebrations touch sky in the country. Also called a festival of lights, Deepavali got its name from Deepa-Avali (Sanskrit words), which mean lamp and row. Therefore, Deepavali means row of lamps. Celebrated on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna paksha of Hindu calendar, Deepavali or Diwali is one of the prominent festivals in India.
On this particular day of Deepavali, households put a row of lamps (made of clay) in front of their homes as a mark to remember the victory of good over evil. Notably, the legend has it that Lord Krishna along with his wife Satyabhama killed the demon Narakasura on a day before Deepavali and as per the wishes of the asura (demon) before his death, the day will be celebrated with full of lights and sound.
Deepavali falls between September and October on the new moon day. People drape in new threads on Diwali and burst crackers. While the lamps outside the houses illuminate the streets on the no moon day, the fireworks and crackers decorate the sky screen with beautiful designs. In many places of India, Deepavali is celebrated for five days and in some parts of the country, it's celebrated for three days ending with Diwali. On day one it's called Danteras, which is two days before the actual festival.
On Danteras, people believe that buying gold is auspicious. And that's the reason why jewellery shop owners offer a discount price on gold on that particular day. If there's any day, which will boost the gold sales to the maximum, it's undoubtedly Dhanathrayodashi. The second day is celebrated as Narakachaturdhashi. It was believed that demon Narakasura was killed on this day. Third day comes Diwali, the festival of lights.
As people celebrate this biggest festival, Andhra Wishesh takes an opportunity to wish all its readers a Happy Deepavali.