Indians commend Diwali or Deepavali, one of the biggest celebrations in India with a considerable measure of energy and exhibition. Normally known as the celebration of light, the celebration demonstrates the triumph of light over murkiness and greatness over insidiousness. It falls upon the arrival of ‘Amavasya’ or new moon. This year we will celebrate this festival on 7th November.
Arrangements for the celebration start from days ahead of time. It is relatively formal to clean rooms, workplaces amid the celebration. Every Hindu decorates them with lights. The five-day festival starts with Dhanteras and ends up with Bhai Dooj. On the third day, the Hindus celebrate Deepavali.
Dhanteras is the first & main day of Deepavali celebration. Hindus venerate Lord Kubera — the God of wealth as a deep-rooted practice on this day. According to the Hindu mythology, Goddess Lakshmi left the sea amid the beating of the smooth ocean with a pot of gold and wealth on this day. To pay regard to them, devotees worship Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Kubera on the promising day of Trayodashi.
As per Drikpanchang, the best time of performing Dhanteras puja is “Pradosh Kaal” which begins after nightfall and goes on for two hours and 24 minutes. The best time to begin the puja on Dhanteras amid pradosh Kaal is “Sthir Lagna”. “Sthir” implies settled or not mobile. The Hindus believe that Goddess Lakshmi remains inside the home during this auspicious period.
The Hindus celebrate Naraka Chaturdashi or Choti Diwali on the second day of the five-day Diwali celebration. It falls on the fourteenth day of the Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Ashvin. As per Hindi folklore, Lord Krishna and Goddess Kali killed the demon Narakasura, leader of Pragjyotishpur, on this day.
Narakasura would hijack the gopis and regularly abuse them. Whenever Satyabhama, the second spouse of Krishna, came to think about it, she requested Lord Krishna to concede her capacity with the goal that she can pulverize the devil. As Narakasura had a malediction that a female would kill him, Satyabhama killed Narakasura and relieved the detained ladies. The day is called ‘Kali Chaudas’, here ‘Kali’ signifies ‘dull’ and ‘Chaudas’ signifies ‘fourteenth’. What’s more, since the day falls a night prior Diwali, often Indians name it after Choti Diwali. In 2018, Naraka Chaturdashi falls on 6th November.
Laxmi Pooja – Diwali
The significance of Lakshmi Puja in Diwali isn’t restricted to material gains but also for the profound development of one’s inner soul and spirituality. The Goddess who is a symbol of all common and materialistic extravagances is likewise a symbol of patience and separation from desires. On this very day of the long stretch of Kartik, rose the goddess of wealth and prosperity, Maa Lakshmi, amid the immense Samudra-Manthan performed by the Devas and the Asurs.
The day following the Amavasya is “Kartik Shuddh Padwa” also known as Balipatiprada. On this day, King Bali would leave Pathal Loka and run Bhulok with the help and assistance of Lord Vishnu. Thus, it is otherwise called “Bali Padyami”. This day additionally denotes the crowning liturgy of King Vikramaditya and Vikram-Samvat started from this Padwa day.
Padwa is a symbol of adoration and commitment between the spouse and husband. On this day, newly-wedded daughters with their spouses attend special dinners the daughter’s parental home.
Bhai Dooj is one of the interesting Indian festivals. Bhaiya Dooj falls on the second day after the new moon and celebrates the uncontested power of profound love and affection between a brother and sister. According to the legend, on this day, God of death – Yamraj went to visit his sister Yami. Yami invited him with incredible enthusiasm, arranged a healthy devour and painted a tilak on his forehead. Yamraj was so elated with his sister’s affection and cordiality that he affirmed, that consistently, if a sister puts tilak on her sibling’s forehead, at that point, nobody will have the power of hurting him and Yamraj will protect him.
The most imperative thing to recall is that Diwali is the Festival of Lights since it signifies the triumph of good over evil, the victory of light over dimness. Let’s forget the hatred, sadness, and anxiety, which are part and parcel of our daily life to welcome and worship the positive power in this Diwali.