Bali Pratipada also known as Bali Padyami is the fourth day of the five day Diwali festival. It is celebrated on the first day of the bright lunar fortnight Shukla paksha in the Hindu calendar month of Kartik.
Bali Pratipada is a day celebrated in the honour of the notional return of the demon king (Daityaraj) Bali to earth. The day is also known as Akashadipa (lights of the sky).
According to Hindu mythology, this day commemorates the victory of Lord Vishnu in Vamana Avatar, the fifth incarnation of the Dashavatara (ten major incarnations of Lord Vishnu) defeating Bali, and pushing him to the nether world.
Vishnu also granted the wish of Bali to return to earth for one day for people to worship him. It is this day that is celebrated as Bali Padyami by lighting lamps and bursting crackers.
The day is also celebrated as Govardhan Puja or Annakut in North India, while people of Gujarat celebrate the day as their New year known as Bestu Varsh or Nutan Varsh, and they day marks the start of Gujarati Calendar known as Vikram Samvat.
Bali Pratipada 2016 Date :
In 2016, Bali Pratipada will be celebrated on 31st October 2016.
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