How to celebrate Diwali and Importance of Diwali
What is the significance of diwali ?
Diwali is one of the most valued and popular festival in Hindu Culture. It is a national holiday in India and Nepal. Diwali is known as the event of Lights. Diwali is also known as Deepavali. Diwali is renowned mainly in the admiration to Goddess Lakshmi. Goddess Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth, prosperity, progress, wellbeing etc. Diwali also signifies light and victory over darkness, the good over evil, knowledge over ignorance etc. In some parts of the country, Diwali also marks the near or post-harvest time.
The date of Diwali every year can vary in the Gregorian calendar. The Diwali date is determined as per the Hindu lunar calendar. Diwali falls on the 15th day, of the Hindu month of Kartik that has the darkest night. This corresponds to fall in Gregorian mid-October to mid-November period.
Ceremonies on each day :-
Diwali is a 5-day festivity, below is the significance of each day:
25th October 2019 – Duadhashi or Dhanteras
26th October 2019 – Chhoti Diwali
27th October 2019 – Main Diwali
28th October 2019 – Goverdhan Puja
29th October 2019 – Bhai Dooj
Celebration of Diwali :-
Diwali is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs and in traces of some Buddhist communities, especially in Nepal; though in the modern day it is a cross-culture festival in the region. Natives, on the day of Diwali clean and decorate their homes. Home-family members, friends etc place Diyas-clay oil lamps in their home premises and surrounding areas. Some place fancy-colorful lights on the homes especially the external walls.
Rangoli-colored powder decorations, artworks are made, such as, on the floors. Many prepare special food and traditional sweets and extend invitations to relatives, neighbors and other guests. Many wear new or traditional clothes. Some have singing and dancing. Many visit each other’s homes and offer sweets and gifts. Bursting of crackers is on the decline and limited now though, due to environment pollution reasons.
Many natives make purchases of important items to them like phones, vehicles, watches, home appliances, furniture etc; some make investments at this time as this period is considered auspicious and lucky. There are many lucrative product-service offers-discounts on the market at this time.
As an important part of the Diwali celebration, there is also focus on worship and prayers, Puja, to Goddess Lakshmi. Natives seek her blessings for wealth, prosperity, fortune, good health etc. Many natives even visit Goddess Lakshmi and her consort Lord Vishnu temples.
Mantra’s to chanting during diwali puja :-
Lakshmi Vinayaka Mantra (लक्ष्मी विनायक मन्त्र):-
ॐ श्रीं गं सौम्याय गणपतये वर वरद सर्वजनं मे वशमानय स्वाहा
॥Om Shreem Gam Saumyaya Ganpataye Vara Varada
Sarvajanam Me Vashamanaya Svaha॥
Lakshmi Ganesha Dhyana Mantra (लक्ष्मी गणेश ध्यान मन्त्र):-
दन्ताभये चक्रवरौ दधानं, कराग्रगं स्वर्णघटं त्रिनेत्रम्।
धृताब्जयालिङ्गितमाब्धि पुत्र्या-लक्ष्मी गणेशं कनकाभमीडे
॥Dantabhaye Chakravarau Dadhanam, Karagragam Swarnghatam Trinetram।
Dhritabjayalingitamabdhi Putrya-Lakshmi Ganesham Kanakabhamide॥
Rinharta Ganapati Mantra (ऋणहर्ता गणपति मन्त्र):-
ॐ गणेश ऋणं छिन्धि वरेण्यं हुं नमः फट्
॥Om Ganesha Rinam Chhindhi Varenyam Hum Namah Phat॥
Date Published : 10 Oct 2019