Diwali is a festival of happiness and prosperity, and the celebration of the victory of good over evil is the story of Rama and Ravana. A story related to this festival. Thousands of years ago, in the city of Ayodhya, there was a wise and good king named Dasaratha, who ruled with his three queens and four princes.
The eldest, Rama and his beautiful wife, Sita, lived happily with their other prince brothers and their wives. But one of King Dasharatha’s wives was jealous of Rama and demanded that he be banished to the forest for 14 years so that his son Bharata would be made king. Once promising his wife to fulfill any of his wishes, the helpless king banished Rama into the forest and, therefore, Rama departed on foot with his beloved wife Sita and the faithful younger brother, Lakshmana.
A few years into his exile, a demon named Surpanakha saw Rama and was fascinated by his form. He asks Rama to marry him. Rama refused and asked him to go to Lakshmana. But Laxman also refused.
Enraged, Surpanakha showed her true form and Laxman cut off her nose and ears. The demon went to her brother who was none other than Ravana, the demon king of Lanka. Ravana was furious and took revenge. With the help of another demon who took the form of a golden deer, he distracted Rama and Lakshmana and kidnapped Sita from their hut.
When Rama and Lakshmana returned, Sita was missing! He realized that something bad had happened during his departure and immediately rushed to find him. On their way, they came across an army of monkeys and bears, who agreed to help them.
One of them was Hanuman who vowed never to be in Rama’s service. Now Hanuman was not an ordinary monkey. He could fly over mountains, change shape at will and had super-human strength.
He had the power to leap across the oceans in a single stride. It was Hanuman who eventually found Sita, who was imprisoned in one of Ravana’s beautiful gardens.
Hanuman assures Sita that Rama will come here soon to save her. He returned with Rama to Sita’s hideout and an army of monkeys, bears and men marching to Lanka. Soon, a great battle ensued between the two powerful armies and Rama’s soldiers managed to kill all the demons except one – Ravana. The battle was now between Rama and Ravana.
He gives Ravana one last chance to apologize and return Sita. Ravana made weapons rain on him. Rama also fought continuously, but despite all his efforts, nothing was done to kill Ravana.
Finally, Ravana’s brother Vibhishana tells Rama that Ravana’s weakest point was in his navel. Using an arrow given to him by the gods, Rama shot Ravana into the navel and killed him immediately. And so Rama and his love, Sita, were reunited. Shortly thereafter, on completion of their 14 years in exile, Rama, Sita and Lakshmana returned to Ayodhya! On that day the streets were decorated with flowers and lamps and there was joy everywhere. And that’s why every year on Diwali you see the streets, houses and offices like the city of Ayodhya to commemorate the return of Ram, Sita.