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Diwali – The Festival of Lights

Diwali – The Festival of Lights

Diwali is one of the most celebrated festivals in India. People in India celebrate Diwali with a lot of vigour and enthusiasm. The meaning of the Diwali festival is the triumph of good over evil and the glory of new beginnings. It is a five-day-long festival. Let’s go ahead and read all about the Diwali festival.

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As mentioned earlier, Diwali is the most celebrated festival across India. It is celebrated across the nation by Hindus, Jains, and Buddhist. Diwali is known as the festival of lights for various reasons and also has a mythological significance associated.

Diwali is derived from Sanskrit Deepavali, where Deepa means lamps and avail means, and together it means row of lights. In India, rows of lights are placed outside the house, symbolising the inner light to drive the darkness.

Diwali festival symbolises the victory of good over evil as Diwali was the day when Lord Rama, Goddess Sita and Lakshman returned to their Ayodhya after the exile of fourteen years. The kingdom was lit with lamps and diya upon their welcome. People rejoiced at the return of their King and Queen. They burst crackers, made sweets and lit the entire kingdom with lights. The day of their return is celebrated as Diwali!

The reason behind why we celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Light, is its profound triumph over the Darkness, obscurity over wickedness, and learning over obliviousness marked with much excitement and enthusiasm by the millions of Hindu folk before the advent of winter.

Diwali is a Hindu festival where all the houses are lit up with lovely glowing lamps, clay pots, and artistic and colourful rangolis outside the home. Also, bursting sparkling crackers by the jumpy juveniles on the day of the New Moon goes beyond the cultural and religious celebration.

That is not all about Diwali. It’s a detailed and prolonged pooja by the enthusiastic religious festival and also marks the end of the financial year of the Hindu business community in India. So, on this day, many business people perform Lakshmi Puja because, according to the folklore, it is believed that Goddess Lakshmi emerged from Ksheer Sagar, or the Ocean of Milk, on Diwali and offered wealth, prosperity and happiness to all humankind in the auspicious day of New year.

Deepavali celebrations are five-day-long with five main festivals. Let’s go and find out which are those auspicious festivals.

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The first day of the Deepavali festival is called Dhanteras falls on the Karthik month of the dark lunar fortnight. This time, the Dhanteras falls on 10 November, 2023. The day heralds the oncoming of merriment in various sections of Hindu culture as the day graces the lives of the masses with affluence. It is believed that on this day, the discovery of the Amrit Kalash by the father of Ayurveda, God Dhanwantri, by churning the sea took place in the Kartick month of Krishna Paksha for the benefit of humanity. Usually, people buy gold, silver and precious stones, ornaments, new clothes, and utensils on this day. In the evening, children light crackers, and people also light some earthen lamps outside their homes. Also, people hold Lakshmi, Kuber, and Ganesh puja and worship Yantra on this day to gain the benefits. If you want to seek blessings from Goddess Lakshmi, this golden plated Meru Prushth Yantra or the Shree Yantra, which symbolises Goddess Laxmi, can bring wealth and prosperity to your life.

The next Diwali festival celebration is choti Diwali, which is also known as Kali Chaudas or Narak Chaturdashi in many parts of the Hindu Culture as on this day, according to the folklore, Lord Krishna had destroyed Naraksur, freeing the world from the fear of this satan. Traditionally, on this day, people across the country clean and redecorate their house with fresh paints and creative Rangoli. In 2023, Naraka Chaturdashi will fall on 12 November, Sunday.

You can also perform Hanuman Puja on the day of Choti Diwali.

Lakshmi Puja is next in the Diwali festivities. Goddess Lakshmi is an embodiment of beauty and wealth. According to Hindu lore, people worship the deity Lakshmi for prosperity and wealth, along with Lord Ganesha. You can too invite prosperity and wealth into your life this Diwali, which is falling on the 12 November, Sunday., by performing Lakshmi Puja online at the comforts of your home. On this day, people also decorate their home by lighting colourful lamps and candles, which enables the way to guide the souls of their deceased relatives.

The next day of the Diwali festival celebration is celebrated in Govardhan puja or Vishkarma puja all across India. And in 2023, it is celebrated on Mon, 13 Nov, 2023. It is believed that on this day, Lord Krishna defeated Indra, the god of thunder and rain. In Gujarat, the day is celebrated as the start of the New year. People on this day worship instruments, arms, and machinery to appease Lord Vishwakarma.

The last day of the festival ends with the celebration Bhai Dooj or Bhai Beej, which is celebrated after Govardhan puja, and this time it is approaching 14th November 2023. The festival is akin to the Raksha Bandhan, where brothers and sisters get together and share food to honour the bond. In the Kayastha community, Bhai Dooj is celebrated twice a year. One is after Diwali, and the second one is after one or two days of Holi.

On this Diwali, let’s celebrate the festival of light together with little crackers and plenty of sweets.

With Ganesha’s Grace,
The GaneshaSpeaks.com Team

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