Sunday, November 03, 2013

Reason to celebrate : Sita and Rama return!

Happy Diwali!

Light the lamps and celebrate!

Shubh Dewali!

Diwali celebrates the return of Rama and Sita - in the story from the Ramayana. The story shows how good wins over evil.

Prince Rama and his wife, Sita, are banished from their home in Ayodhya by their father the King. Rama's brother, Lakshmana, goes with them to live in a forest. They are banished for fourteen years.

After many happy years, Sita is kidnapped by the ten-headed demon Ravana. He takes Sita to his island of Lanka. With the help of the monkey warrior, Hanuman, Rama rescues his wife.

The people of Ayodhya light divas (oil lamps) in rows to guide Rama and Sita back from the forest to Ayodhya. On their return Rama is crowned king.

from Juliet Dunn

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