Rama went on exile with his devoted wife Sita and faithful brother, Lakshmana. When Ravana, the demon king of Lanka abducted Sita and took her away to his island kingdom of Lanka, Rama fought against and killed Ravana. He rescued Sita and returned to Ayodhya after fourteen years. The people of Ayodhya were very happy to hear of their beloved prince's homecoming. To celebrate Rama's return to Ayodhya, they lit up their houses with diyas, burst crackers and decorated the entire village in the grandest manner. As years passed, to commemorate Rama’s victory, hand made clay diyas would be used to light up the village. Sweets would be distributed and huge feasts would be prepared.