I wish you all a very happy Diwali. Diwali or Deepavali is the festival of lights celebrated all over India. It is celebrated for 5-6 days, as per the cultural practices of different regions and usually falls between mid-October and mid-November. This festival, too, represents the victory of light over darkness, the good over the evil and knowledge over ignorance.
The Goddess of wealth and prosperity, Laksmi Devi, who is the consort of Lord Vishnu, ( The protector) of the Universe, is primarily worshipped along with other deities like Kubera ( also the bestower of immense wealth), Ram and Sita, Lord Ganesh, Dhanvantari ( The God of medicines) Vishwakarma ( The Divine Architect) and so on.
Diwali is also celebrated to mark the return of Lord Ram, Sita, and Lakshman from their fourteen years of exile.
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The five days of Diwali :
The first day is Dhanteras which was celebrated on 22.10.2022. This day is dedicated to the worship of Lord Dhanwantari, the Divine Healer and is associated with Ayurveda.
On this day, it is customary to take a holy bath at dusk, light a diya lamp near a “Tulsi” plant, and ask Lord Yama for protection.
People take part in “havan” on this day and recite potent mantras.
The second day is celebrated as Narak Chaturdashi Or also as Choti Diwali. On this day, Lord Krishna slayed the demon, Narakasura, who had abducted the Gopis (the maidens of His village, Gokul). The houses are kept clean with colorful rangoli drawn outside the house. This was celebrated yesterday.
Earthern lamps are also lit and placed in every room and also the backyard through the night.
The third day marks the main festival of Diwali dedicated to Lakshmi Puja or the Worship of the Goddess Lakshmi. It’s also the day when Lord Ram returned to Ayodhya with His Wife, Sita Devi and brother, Lakshman. We wear new dresses, exchange sweets and burst firecrackers. We perform Lakshmi-Kubera pooja in the evening, seeking Their blessings to gives us wealth and prosperity. Businessmen do special pooja by inaugurating their new books of accounts for the ensuing year.
The fourth day marks the celebration of Govardhan Pooja. The innocent people of Gokul used to worship Lord Indra, the King of Gods, praying for sufficient rain so that there could be a good harvest of crops. Lord Krishna convinced them to stop giving too much importance to Lord Indra and worship Mother Nature. Lord Indra was furious and wreaked havoc on Gokul by unleashing torrential rain and storm. They sought refuge from Lord Krishna who lifted Mountain Govardhan on His little finger, offering shelter to everyone including humans, cattles, and all the animals in Gokul. Pleased with his services, Lord Krishna blessed Govardhan Mountain that henceforth it would be worshipped through ages. This is the story behind Govardhan Puja. This will be celebrated tomorrow, 25.10.2022.
The fifth day is celebrated as Bhai Dooj which marks the special and strong bond of love between a brother and a sister. According to the Hindu mythology, Lord Yama ( the God of death) visited his twin sister ,Yami Or Yamuna, after a long time.
Yami gave her brother a warm greeting and showed him the utmost respect by applying a tilak to his forehead to commemorate the event.Pleased with her hospitality and warm welcome, He blessed her saying that those brothers who greet their sisters on this day, would be blessed with a long life.
Happy Diwali to my adorable family and to all those who are living all over the world. This world in general is a very big family, and people belonging to various nations are like the family members. Let’s celebrate Diwali by lighting the lamps of our heart with the oil of pure love with the wick of trust to hold on to the flame of happiness and appreciation. Let’s burst the crackers of joy and distribute the sweets of encouragement. Moreover, with the new attires, let’s decorate our faces with smiles to banish all the negative thoughts and the darkness of ignorance and hatred.
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