Diwali is one of the biggest festivals in India and Hindus specifically. Hindus around the world eagerly wait for the Amavasya of Kartik month of the Hindu calendar. Since Amavasya is the darkest night, people celebrate the festival with lights. It is for this reason that Diwali is also called the festival of light.
Here’s the significance of Diwali in Hindu religion
1. Reception of Lord Ram in Ayodhya
When Lord Ram returned to Ayodhya after completing their 14-year-long exile or vanvasa, the people of Ayodhya welcomed their favorite prince with lights. They lit earthen lamps on the road leading to Ayodhya to show their devotion to Lord Ram.
2. Victory of good over evil
Diwali is the celebration of the victory of good over evil. Lord Ram returned to Ayodhya after killing the demon Ravana, the king of Sri Lanka. It strengthens our belief that truth always prevails. It proves that demons can be defeated by good deeds.
3. Appearance of Goddess Laxmi
Sagar Manthan (churning of the cosmic ocean) brought Goddess Laxmi to the world. And with the goddess came all wealth, prosperity, and happiness to make life happy and fulfilling on earth. On Diwali, Hindus welcome Goddess Laxmi to their homes and seek her blessings.
4. Diwali brings prosperity
Worshipping Goddess Laxmi brings prosperity to life. She is the goddess of financial power and for this reason, Diwali Puja becomes more important for businesses. In India and across the world, Hindu businessmen perform a special Puja on Diwali. Homeowners also perform Laxmi Puja at their homes.
Shopping is also a way of celebrating Diwali. People buy new clothes, ornaments, sweets, and gifts for their family members, friends, associates, colleagues, neighbors, and everyone they know. In modern times, people make huge investments in properties, shares, and businesses.
Auspicious time for Laxmi Puja
- Amavasya Tithi: From 12 November 2023 – 02:44 PM to 13 November 2023 – 02:56 PM
- Pradosh Kaal: 12 November 2023 from 05:08 PM to 07:41 PM
- Vrishabha Kaal: 12 November 2023 from 05:19 PM to 07:19 PM
- Lakshmi Pujan Muhurat: 12 November 2023 from 05:19 PM to 07:19 PM
Preparations for Laxmi Puja on Diwali
- Wake up early in the morning and clean your home
- Remove the clutter from your home
- Take a bath and wear new clothes
- Seek blessings of your elders
- In the evening, bring all the puja samagri to one place
- Spread a red cloth to install idols
- Install idols of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Laxmi
- First, offer the gods tilak
- Offer them dhoop, deep, pushp, and mithai
- Bring everything you have bought on Diwali to the place
- Start the puja with Ganesha Stuti followed by Laxmi aarti
- Take the sweets as prasada and distribute sweets to all your family
Today you can also send Diwali greetings and messages through emails and chat messages. In this way, you can give your best wishes to your distant relatives and friends. Also, you can establish new contacts and strengthen your bonds with your family and friends by exchanging gifts with them.