Ajay Kashyap
2023-10-10 12:43:59

Why is Diwali 15 days after Dussehra?

2023-10-17 14:14:49

Diwali falls on the 15th day of the Hindu month of Kartik (usually in October or November), which is why it is celebrated 15 days after Dussehra. The specific timing of Diwali, like other Hindu festivals, is determined by the lunar calendar.

Dussehra, also known as Vijayadashami, marks the end of the nine-day festival of Navratri, which celebrates the victory of Lord Rama over the demon king Ravana. Dussehra falls on the 10th day of the Hindu month of Ashwin.

Diwali, on the other hand, occurs on the new moon day (Amavasya) of the following month, Kartik. It celebrates different legends and deities depending on the region in India. For example, in Northern India, Diwali commemorates the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana, while in some regions, it is associated with the victory of Lord Krishna over the demon Narakasura.

The 15-day gap between Dussehra and Diwali allows for various preparations and festivities, and it is a period of anticipation and spiritual significance for Hindus. It is also a time for cleaning, decorating, and preparing for the grand celebrations of Diwali, the Festival of Lights.


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