Diwali- the most-awaited festival of the year
Diwali is the festival of lights and is one of the most important festivals of Hindus in India. Diwali is derived from the Sanskrit word, “Deepawali” which means row of lights. Diwali marks the victory of good over evil and is celebrated to rejoice the home-coming of Lord Rama from 14 years of exile after killing Ravana. The entire city of Ayodhya was adorned with lighted earthen lamps to welcome Lord Rama, Sita, and Laxmana.
How to celebrate Diwali?
The 5-day festivals marks the beginning of Dhanteras, followed by Naraka Chaturdashi, Diwali, Govardhan Puja, and comes to an end with Bhai Dhuj. The festivals truly symbolizes the meaning of cleanliness, in every way; cleanliness of the homes, premises, body, and soul of the humans. People start gearing up for the festivities much ahead than the festival by cleaning their premises and making it completely mess and clutter-free to prepare it to welcome Goddess Lakshmi. Premises are decorated with flowers, rangolis, and lights.
Delicious food items, like sweets and savouries are prepared at home or purchased from the market. People are in full festive mood buying ornaments, utensils, and clothing. The evening of Diwali is the most-awaited time of the festival. Ganesh-Lakshmi Puja is done in the premises with ritualistic format as per traditional beliefs. Government highly recommends and appeals to the people to maintain distance from crackers and celebrate an eco-friendly Diwali that is considered best and congenial for the environment too.
Diwali Pujan Vidhi
· Take a raised platform and install the idols of Lakshmi, Saraswati, and Ganesha. Ensure that a clean cloth is placed under the idols.
· The idols should be facing east or west direction
· Now take Gangajal in your hand and say the following mantra while sprinkling Gangajal on the idols:
Om Apavitrah Pavitro Vaa Sarva-Avasthaam Gato-[A]pi Vaa |
Yah Smaret-Punnddariikaakssam Sa Baahya-Abhyantarah Shucih ||
· Sprinkle water on the seat and yourself too.
· Bow to Mother earth and take position on the seat. Take Gangajal in your hand and sankalp to do the pujan
· Place little rice and install kalash filled with over it near the idol of Goddess Lakshmi
· Tie a Mouli on the kalash and place Mango Pallav above the kalash. Betelnut, akshat, coin, and durva should be placed on it. Then put a coconut on the kalash. The coconut should be wrapped with a red cloth with its face visible. This symbolizes Varuna.
· The puja will commence with the worshipping of Lord Ganesha followed by worshipping Goddess Lakshmi. Lord Vishnu, Goddess Saraswati, Lord Kuber, and Maa Kali are also worshipped on this auspicious night.
· 11/21 and one big mustard oil lamps should be lit. one lamp should be installed on the right side.
· One ghee-filled lamp should be placed on the left side.
· Offer flowers, panchamrit, fruits, and sweets
· Finally the aarti is done and bog is offered
· 11/21 divas should be placed around the house, especially the corners of the homes.
· One ghee diva should be burning in the place of worship for the entire night.
Diwali is the darkest night of the year and yet the brightest one as it is the most celebrated night.
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