Diwali 2019: Date, Significance, Story And Rituals Of Deepavali

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 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 who had kidnapped Sita. Diwali symbolizes 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 the festival of Diwali will be celebrated on October 27. 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, the 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.

Know the important Muhurats for Diwali 2019.

Worship 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 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 can achieve success, name, fame, and luxuries to ensure a good life. Also, hardships and sorrows are dissolved by the Grace of the Goddess Laxmi. One who worships Goddess Laxmi regularly and religiously will achieve happiness and success in various aspects of 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, which is 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 as Lord Krishna, Lord Vishnu rescued 16,000 women from the captivity of the demon Narakasur on this day
4. Another legend related to the Mahabharat has it that the Pandavas returned from their 12 years of exile on this day as well.
5. It is also said that King Vikramaditya was coronated on this day, and the 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 colorful rangoli to draw attractive designs, 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 neighborhood.
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.

The festival of Diwali 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. 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 too!

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