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The festival of Diwali has many stories behind it. It is celebrated on different days, at different times and for different gods. But the common factor in each of these is the victory of good over evil. Here are some of the tales.

Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is celebrated with great enthusiasm all across India. But did you know that this festival is celebrated on different days, at different times and for different gods in different parts of India? India is a big and diverse country. Each part of the country has its own customs, myths, and ways of doing things. Is it any surprise that there are many stories associated with Diwali? In North India, Diwali celebrates King Rama’s return to Ayodhya. Down south and in the western part of India, Deepavali marks the day when Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura. And in the east, this festival is dedicated to goddess Kali. Did you know that some villages in Himachal Pradesh celebrate Diwali one whole month after the rest of the country? This short video is about the many charming tales of this much loved festival.

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  2. Sparkles_phuljhari_fireworks_on_DIWALI,_festival_of_lights.jpg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diwali#/media/File:Sparkles_phuljhari_fireworks_on_DIWALI,_festival_of_lights.jpg By Sunciti _ Sundaram's Images + Messages – Flickr: SPARKLES BRING OUT LIGHT AND LAUGHTER, – HAPPY DIWALI, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=29930836 
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  4. Krishna_Narakasura.jpg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narakasura#/media/File:Krishna_Narakasura.jpg By India (Delhi Agra area) – The Metropolitan Museum of Art[1], Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2461073 
  5. Maa_Kali_Barasat_Roy_Chowdhury_Bari.jpg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kali_Puja#/media/File:Maa_Kali_Barasat_Roy_Chowdhury_Bari.jpg By Royavirup28 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=91410845 
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