Whenever, the story about India, the land of epical mythologies and beliefs, will be told, Ramayana will automatically project itself as one of its most important chapters that will undoubtedly grab the attention of the listeners, even passersby for that matter, for years to come.
The magnetic pull of the story of Lord Rama (incarnation of Lord Vishnu), and his wife Sita, remains intact. As per Ramcharitamanasa, an Indian epic penned by Goswami Tulsidas, Lord Rama, the prince of the city of Ayodhya and son of King Dasratha, was banished by his mother Kaikeyi and father from the kingdom for 14 years. His wife Sita and brother Lakshmana, unable to let him go alone went with him for a 14 year long exile in the forests. Having spent most of the term in peace, fulfilling their father’s command with a smile, it was in the later years that Sita was kidnapped by Ravana, the Lord Shiva worshipping king of the land of Sri Lanka, posing as a Sadhu.
A war was naturally on course; and with the aid of King Sugreeva (king of the army of monkeys) and Lord Hanuman (devoted to Lord Rama’s since childhood), Lord Rama and his brother defeated the proud king Ravana and brought him down. Sita was once again with her husband and the term of their exile of 14 years was about to end. It is believed that, when the three returned back to their Kingdom of Ayodhya, people welcomed their arrival by lighting the whole city with earthen lamps and celebrating the home coming of their future king Lord Rama and his wife Devi Sita. It is the belief, a united faith of a population of more than 1 billion rather, that is the foundation of probably the most important festival of India- Diwali, also known as Deepawali. Falling in the month of October-November, and commemorating the home coming of Lord Rama, Devi Sita and brother Lakshmana, Diwali is celebrated in the grandest sense with almost every nook and corner of India donned with earthen lamps as well as artificial lights and people celebrating the return of their king with exchanging Diwali gifts & sweets while remembering and retelling the story of a legend to the young to pass it on for generations to come.