Diwal is popularly also known as Deepavali, the festival of lights is just a few days away! This festival is celebrated all around the globe with lot of zeal and enthusiasm. Diwali is one of the most famous festivals of the year. The festival of lights will soon begin from 18th October, 2017. Diwali is basically a five days celebrated festival which begins from Dhanteras, Naraka Chaturdasi, Padva and ends on Bhai Dooj day. Diwali festival signifies the victory of light over darkness. Diwali festival occurs on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna Paksha of the Hindu calendar month of Ashwin each year. And on this day, people light up diyas and perform puja’s at their place so that Goddess Lakshmi grants them with happiness and prosperity. Women draw rangolis, light lamps and even exchange sweets with their dear ones.
The word ‘Diwali‘ is derived from Sanskrit word “Deepavali” which means “a series of lights”. Deep means light and avail means series. According to religious significance, Diwali is celebrated in honor of God Rama, his wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana returning back from exile of 14 years. Whereas some say that Diwali marks the return of Pandavas after 12 years of Vanvas and one year of agyatavas in the other ancient Hindu epic Mahabharata. The festival is celebrated with fervor and lot of joy, happiness. As we all know, that Lord Rama returned to his hometown after the vanquishing of King Ravana of Lanka. It is said that when Lord Rama, Goddess Sita and Rama’s brother returned to Ayodhya, the people of that estate had lit the entire state with lamps and had a grand welcome ceremony. It is said that it was the beginning of a new era of happiness and peace in the Ayodha.
People all over India celebrate this festival with zeal and enthusiasm. On this days Goddess Lakshmi and other Gods are been worshiped. Diwali Puja signifies the most traditional worship of Hindu deity Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswati. The most auspicious time to perform Diwali Puja is after sunset which is known as Pradosh. We have shared Diwali 2017 Calendar along with dates & significance. Happy Diwali to everyone out there and we hope God fulfill all your wishes in terms of wealth, health and happiness in your life.
Dwadashi also known as Dvadasi or Dwadasi is the twelfth lunar day which falls on the fortnight of every lunar month in the Hindu calendar. On this day devotees worship the sacred Tulsi tree and Lord Vishnu. The saint poet Annamacharya died on Phalguna Bahula Dwadasi in the year Dhundhubhi. This festival is similar to Ekadashi and devotees celebrate this day with great devotion.
Dhanteras is the first day of the Diwali festival in India that usually falls one or two days before Lakshmi Puja – the main Diwali day. This festival is also known as Dhanatrayodashi or Chhoti Diwali. The word Dhanteras itself means wealth and prosperity. It falls in the month of Ashwin, and is celebrated on the13th Lunar day according to the Hindu calendar. The day holds special significance for businessmen who purchase gold on the day. But generally everyone chooses Dhanteras to invest in gold bars or jewellery. New clothes and utensils for Diwali are also bought on this auspicious occasion.
According to the mythological myth, Goddess Lakshmi is god of wealth and beauty. She is also the wife of Lord Vishnu and bhakts offer gifts and grants for her auspicious blessings. People also think that the happier Goddess will be, the more she will grant her blessings on them. This day is the main event of Diwali and it’s extremely important to keep the house clean and tidy. As it is said that, Goddess visits and likes cleanliness. Lakshmi Puja is performed especially by women and business men and is also believed that Goddess visits and grants lot of wealth on the night of Diwali.
According to Hindu mythology, Bhai Dooj is celebrated because of the significance of the slaying of Narkasur demon. It is said that Lord Krishna visited his sister Subhadra who welcomed him and applied tilak on his forehead. People say from that time celebrating this festival came into existence. Another story goes that this day is celebrated for the legend Lord Yama. The God of Death visits his sister Yami and she puts tilak on his forehead. This mark signifies that her brother will always be there to protect her and his sister will always be there to pray for him.