Diwali is the biggest event in the calendar for a Hindu in India and abroad. It was on this day that Lord Rama came back to Ayodhya with his beloved wife, Sita and brother Lakshman. Lord Rama spent 14 years in a forest in exile and freed Sita from the clutches of Ravana in Lanka after killing him. We celebrate Diwali and light lamps or diyas to express the joy of the return of Rama and Sita and welcome them back home. Diwali is celebrated on the 15th tithi in the month of Kartik as per the Hindu calendar. This year, Diwali will be celebrated on 14 November 2020.
Five Day Long Festival Of Diwali
Diwali is not a single day enjoyment. It is a five-day-long festival that starts with Dhan Teras. People worship Maa Lakshmi and Lord Kuber, the gods that grant the boon of wealth to devotees. Doing pooja on this day gives wealth and prosperity. The next day is Narak Chaturdashi. Diwali is celebrated after this. Annakoot festival arrives on the next day of Diwali and the fifth day is celebrated as Bhai Dooj.
Astrological Significance Of Diwali
People wait for Diwali the whole year and celebrate it with great pomp and joy. The festival has a special astrological significance. It’s the day of the new lunar year. In some places in India, people celebrate it as a harvest festival. The position of planets on Diwali is very good hence it helps in granting wealth and happiness to everyone. Sun and Moon are in the same position and conjunct with each other during the festival of Diwali. This increases harmony in the family and life of people.
Doing Pooja On Diwali
Maa Lakhsmi grants happiness, joy, wealth, and prosperity to people on this day. You also get the boon of good health and love with the blessings of god and planets. Diwali is the time when there is Swati Nakshatra in the sky. It is associated with goddess Saraswati, who represents music and wisdom. Due to this nakshatra, happiness, joy, and wisdom are assured to everyone. It is important to worship Lord Ganesha and Maa Lakshmi in Diwali. Doing pooja of Kuber and Maa Kali gives happiness in life. People also worship Surya and Lord Hanuman to get health and wealth.
How To Celebrate Diwali
People of Ayodhya decorated their homes with lights when Lord Rama returned from Lanka with Sita. In a similar manner, it is a custom to decorate the homes with diyas and candles to welcome Rama. Doing Lakshmi pooja on the night of Diwali holds a special significance. It gives you wealth and boon of happiness and prosperity for the whole year. You should worship Ganesha, Kuber, and Maa Saraswati also on Diwali. Maa Lakshmi visits earth on the Diwali festival and roams all around to see the homes of people. Thus, keeping the house and environment clean and well decorated is very important. Maa Lakshmi likes homes that are clean and decorated and she stays permanently in such homes. When you make Maa Lakshmi happy with the cleanliness, decorations, and festivities, you get happiness, luck, and wealth in return from her. Decorate the home with diyas, flowers, and decorations. Distribute sweets among neighbors, friends, and family. Children especially like to burn crackers at night.
Things To Do In Diwali
1. Doing worship of Maa Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha is very important. Also, you should worship Lord Kuber and seek the blessings of Maa Saraswati on Diwali.
2. Place diyas or small earthen lamps all-around your house and put pure ghee in it. Light the diyas in the night time.
3. Draw Rangoli at the front door with bright and colorful dry powdered colors. Draw the feet of Maa Lakshmi with color depicting her entry into your home or stick stickers of feet of Maa Lakshmi in the house and outside.
4. Cook sweets and offer to God as a Prasad on the Diwali night. Visit your neighbors and relatives giving special importance to old and sick people. Wish greetings to family members, friends, and neighbors on Diwali. Distribute sweets among all.
5. Diwali is the best time for giving gifts to loved ones, friends, and relatives. Apart from sweets, you can give dry fruits decoration items, utensils, and kitchen gadgets as a Diwali gift to people you love.
Things To Avoid In Diwali
1. Take precautions while burning crackers. Avoid burns.
2. Don’t waste food on Diwali. Avoid wasting sweets.