Deepavali Pandigai: 1 definition

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Deepavali Pandigai goes by another name Naraka-Chaturdasi-Snanam, perhaps from a bath taken before daybreak on the fourteenth day of the dark fortnight in the month of Arpisi, corresponding to the English month September-October. An asura named Narakasura is said to have been destroyed by Sri-Krishna on this day and the festival is intended to commemorate the incident.

The word ‘Deepavali’ means a row of lamps and it originated perhaps from the custom of illuminating villages on this festive occasion. In course of time this was replaced either wholly or partly by fire-works. Children and even adults fire crackers during the short hours before day-break and enjoy it immensely. New cloths, and fire-work display are considered signs of auspiciousness and hence people wear new cloths after the auspicious bath and enjoy the occasion as set forth above.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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