The Story of Diwali

Once upon a time there was a great warrior, Prince Rama, who had a beautiful wife named Sita.

There was also a terrible demon king, Ravana. He had twenty arms and ten heads, and was feared throughout the land. He wanted to make Sita his wife, and one day he kidnapped her and took her away in his chariot. Clever Sita left a trail of her jewellery for Rama to follow.

Rama followed the trail of glittering jewellery until he met the monkey king, Hanuman, who became his friend and agreed to help find Sita. Messages were sent to all the monkeys in the world, and through them to all the bears, who set out to find Sita.

After a very long search, Hanuman found Sita imprisoned on an island. Rama's army of monkeys and bears couldn't reach the island, so they began to build a bridge. Soon all the animals of the world, large and small, came to help. When the bridge was built, they rushed across it and fought a mighty battle.

When Rama killed the evil Ravana with a magic arrow, the whole world rejoiced. Rama and Sita began their long journey back to their land, and everybody lit oil lamps to guide them on their way and welcome them back.

Ever since, people light lamps at Diwali to remember that light triumphs over dark and good triumphs over evil.

Diwali Story Printables - Older Children

Below you will find colouring pages and two types of story paper (lined and with handwriting lines) for each picture. Children can use the story paper to copy the story or write their own version.

Hanuman Colouring Page

Hanuman Colouring Page

Third in our series of colouring pages depicting the Diwali story, in this picture, Hanuman the monkey king, who has befriended Rama, has helped Rama defeat Ravana in a mightly battle and the royal couple are reunited.

Hanuman Story Paper

Hanuman Story Paper 2

Write about Hanuman and his part in the story of Diwali using our printable story paper, choosing from lined or handwriting lines below.

Path of Lights Colouring Page

Path of Lights Colouring Page

In our final colouring page depicting the story of Diwali, Rama and Sita, now reunited, return home as their land rejoices. Such is the joy that everyone lights oil lamps and places them to welcome the royal couple safely home.

Path of Lights Story Paper

Path of Lights Story Paper

This is the fourth and final sheet in our series of story papers for the Diwali story.

Rama and Sita began their long journey back to their land, and everybody lit oil lamps to guide them on their way and welcome them back.

Rama and Sita Colouring Page

Rama and Sita Colouring Page

One of a series of colouring pages depicting the Diwali story, this Rama and Sita colouring pages shows the couple wondering in the woods before they are separated by the evil Ravana.

Rama and Sita Story Paper

Rama and Sita Story Paper

This is the first in our series of story papers for the Diwali story.

Once upon a time there was a great warrior, Prince Rama, who had a beautiful wife named Sita.

The Kidnap of Sita Colouring Page

The Kidnap of Sita Colouring Page

The demon king Ravana tricks Rama into leaving Sita alone, and then he captures her and takes her off in his winged chariot. The quick-thinking Sita leaves a trail of her jewellery for her husband to follow. Second in our series of colouring pages telling the Story of Diwali.

Diwali Story Printables - Younger Children

Ravana colouring page
Ravana the demon king, with his twenty arms and ten heads!
Ravana colouring page
Ravana writing page
Ravana poster
Ravana story paper

Hanuman colouring page
Here's the monkey king Hanuman, who helps Rama defeat Ravana and rescue his beloved Sita
Hanuman colouring page 2
Hanuman writing page 2
Hanuman poster
Hanuman story paper 2

Rama colouring page
Rama is the hero of the story of Diwali, rescuing the kidnapped Sita from her captor.
Rama colouring page
Rama writing page
Rama poster
Rama story paper

Sita colouring page
And here is the beautiful Sita, kidnapped by the evil Ravana but rescued by Rama and Hanuman.
Sita colouring page
Sita writing page
Sita poster
Sita story paper

Diya colouring page
In the story of Diwali, diya are used to light the way for Rama and Sita's return home.
Diya colouring page
Diya writing page
Diya poster
Diya story paper

Story of Diwali Puzzles

Story of Diwali word search
Find the words relating to the Diwali story in this word search puzzle.
Story of Diwali word search

Path of lights puzzle
Can you help Rama and Sita find the path that leads to path of lights and home?
Path of lights puzzle

More Ways to Enjoy the Story of Diwali

Younger children will enjoy watching this little animated Diwali story from CBeebies.

Or click to watch this Diwali video

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