Diwali 2018: Date, Significance, Story And Rituals Of Deepavali 

7 Nov 2018

Diwali Festival

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The festival of lights, Diwali or Deepavali is the most important festival of India and is celebrated over a span of a week in the waning fortnight of the month of Kartik as it draws to an end as per the Hindu calendar. Diwali, as a matter of fact, falls on the last day of the dark fortnight, or Amavasya, to commemorate the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile, which culminates in the slaying of the 10-headed Ravana, the demon king of Lanka who had kidnapped Sita, the wife of Lord Rama. Diwali symbolises the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance".

People decorate their homes with diyas and candles just like the kingdom of Ayodhya had been decorated to welcome their beloved Lord Rama. People perform Laxmi Puja for wealth and also worship Goddess Saraswati for wisdom. This year Diwali will be celebrated on 7th November 2018 this year. Diwali festival is preceded by Narak Chaturdashi (or Kali Chaturdashi) and Dhanteras, which fall one and two days before Diwali respectively. On the other hand, Diwali festival period culminates in Labh Panchami, when the shops and businesses which were closed on account of Diwali re-open.

The Importance And Muhurat For Laxmi Puja On Diwali

It is believed that Goddess Laxmi visits earth this night and resides in a home that is very clean and full of lights. Goddess Lakshmi is the Goddess of luck and money. She is known to shower happiness and money on the individual who has the grace of Goddess Lakshmi.

Muhurat for Laxmi Pooja: 5:57 pm to 7:53 pm
Pradosh Kaal: 5:27 pm to 8:06 pm
Amavasya Begins: 10:27 pm (6th November)
Amavasya Ends: 9:31 pm (7th November)

You Can Get Everything By Worshipping Goddess Laxmi

Auspicious time for Diwali puja is only for 1 hour and 55 minutes. You should be prepared to receive the grace of Goddess Laxmi during this auspicious day. You should worship Goddess Laxmi religiously during this period in order to get the desired benefits. Goddess Laxmi is the Goddess of fate, luxuries and success. If anyone wants to achieve the same then he/she should worship Goddess Laxmi. It is believed that by the grace of Goddess Laxmi JI one will achieve success, name, fame and luxuries and it ensures a good life. Also, hardships and sorrows are vanished by the Grace of the Goddess Laxmi. One who worships Goddess Laxmi regularly and religiously will achieve happiness and success in various aspects of the life. You can also worship 'Shree Yantra' during this period and install it into your temple to get the desired benefits in this regard.

Other Legends Associated With Diwali:

  • 1.During the divine churning of the ocean, Goddess Lakshmi was incarnated on this day, Amavasya of the Ashwin month.
  • 2.In his fifth incarnation of Vaman, Lord Vishnu rescued Goddess Lakshmi from the clutches of King Bali, and this is another reason for celebrating Diwali.
  • 3.In his incarnation of Lord Krishna, Lord Vishnu rescued 16,000 women from the captivity of the demon Narakasur on this day 
  • 4.Another legend related in the Mahabharat has it that the Pandavas returned from their 12 years of exile on this day. 
  • 5.It is also said that King Vikramaditya was coronated on this day, and Diwali festival is celebrated on this day which also gives it a historical significance.

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Do's And Don'ts During Diwali

Do's

  • 1.Apart from Goddess Lakshmi, people worship Lord Ganesha, Goddess Saraswati, Lord Kuber and seek their blessings for a healthy, wealthy, happy and prosperous life
  • 2.Light diyas, preferably the earthen variety, with pure ghee and place them on the threshold of your house and all around it.
  • 3.Use colourful rangoli to draw attractive designs, but especially the feet of Goddess Lakshmi to invite her to your home. 
  • 4.Prepare tasty sweets of as many kinds you can afford and offer them to the Gods in the pooja, and pay your respects to all elder members of your family and neighbourhood.
  • 5.Distribute gifts as much as your funds permit. The gifts can include sweets, dry fruits, Diwali gift hampers, silver utensils, decorative items.

Don'ts:

  • 1.Be very careful while bursting firecrackers, so that you don't hurt yourself or others.
  • 2.Avoid wastage of food and sweets.

Diwali Celebration Outside India

Diwali festival is also celebrated with great pomp and ceremony in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Singapore. It is the most important festival for Hindus, marking the beginning of their new year, and people celebrate it by bursting firecrackers all night. The significance of the festival is the victory of good over evil, and of knowledge over ignorance. You can buy the Shree Yantra to win the special grace of Divine forces. 

With Ganesha’s Grace,
The GaneshaSpeaks.com Team

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