The entire country and innumerable people abroad will celebrate Diwali on Sunday, 27 October this year. According to the Hindu Panchang, this festival falls on the Amavasya (new moon) of the Krishna Paksha of the month of Karthik, every year. This day is celebrated as Diwali, Deepawali, Lakshmi Puja, Deep Malika, Chaupar Puja, Sharda Puja, Kali Puja, and so on. This commemoration of Diwali, which began with the natives of Ayodhya lighting diyas in delight of Lord Rama returning after 14 years, has changed with time. Now the festival of lighting lamps and worshipping Goddess Lakshmi, has grown to also include gambling among its traditions. However, our country does not legally recognize gambling, and the game is even seen as a debauchery. Any civilized and respectable society sees this as a vice, and yet people consider this to be auspicious on the day of Diwali. Moreover, they not only actively participate in the game, but also believe that it gives indications to what the coming year has in store for them.
We are here to answer most of your questions revolving around Diwali and gambling: Why do people consider gambling on Diwali to be auspicious? What customs gave rise to this tradition? What are the auspicious muhurat/timings under which one should play? And many more such. AstroSage is here to bring you luck and the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi through Gambling on Diwali night.
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Diwali 2019: Shubh Muhurat For the Auspicious Omen of Gambling
Everyone prays to Goddess Lakshmi on the night of Diwali in hopes that the deity of wealth will grace our lives with her blessings. Attaining wealth or ‘Lakshmi’ is part of the reason why numerous people gamble on Diwali, as a good omen. As per beliefs, if one wins in gambling on the night of Diwali, then he/she will continue gaining wealth throughout the year and gain the blessing of Goddess Mahalakshmi. For this very reason, here are some auspicious mahurats for attaining Lakshmi through gmbling on Diwali:
Sunday, 27 October 2019
|First Muhurat (Afternoon):||1:29 pm to 2:53 pm|
|Second Muhurat (Evening):||5:40 pm to 10:29 pm|
Monday, 28 October 2019
|Third Muhurat (Late Night):||1:41 am to 3:17 am|
|Fourth Muhurat (Early Morning):||4:54 am to 6:30 am|
These auspicious muhurat increase the chances of winning and attaining Lakshmi for the natives. Therefore, if you are planning on gambling as a good omen on Diwali, then you should follow these timings.
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Gain The Blessings Of Goddess Mahalakshmi This Diwali 2019
Diwali is a joyous festival of lights. On this day, devotees and Hindus throughout the world worship Goddess Mahalakshmi and pray that she comes to reside in their homes and stay there forever. Maa Lakshmi is symbolic of affluence and abundance as she is the Goddess of Wealth, and the word ‘Lakshmi’ sometimes even replaces the word ‘money’ in scriptures. As such, the tradition of gambling does not seem all that auspicious, however, those who play on Diwali should always remain cautious. One must always remember that even the pious Pandavas had to face many tribulations all because of gambling with the Kauravas, which finally ended with the end of the epic battle of Mahabharata. Thus, one should keep their wits about and play intelligently. The festival of Diwali is an auspicious one, and natives should always ensure that their traditions do not tarnish that.
Ancient Beliefs Associated With Gambling
A respectable society considers gmabling to be a vice, and as such, it is not viewed as something good. However, with modern times the traditions of playing cards ad gambling has started trending. A major story told and retold behind this custom is that of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
As per the story, once Goddess Parvati and Mahadev decided to play a game for their entertainment, on the day of Diwali. Goddess Shakti won and she asked for a boon from her husband in lieu of the same. She wished that any person who gambles and wins on Diwali will receive the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi throughout the year. Lord Shiva agreed and ever since then there is a prevalent tradition of gambling on Diwali.
However, there are no solid sources available to corroborate this story. Legally too, gambling is not recognized in India, therefore, caution is advised to all the readers.
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Significance of Gambling on Diwali Night
As per beliefs, gambling on the night of Diwali is considered a good omen, and thus, auspicious. According to this philosophy, those who win in gambling on Diwali will gain wealth and affluence throughout the year, with the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi. On the flip side, if you forfeit, then the following year will be filled with losses. Taking this conviction as the foundation, people gamble on the night of Diwali to discern what the upcoming year holds for them. Everyone waits for the Diwali night eagerly! Not only in India, but in Nepal and many other countries too, the gambling business reach billions on this day. As a matter of fact, the tradition of gambling begins from Dhanteras in Nepal and continues till the day after Diwali, i.e., Govardhan. This is why, many people also like to visit Nepal during the Diwali holidays.
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Diwali 2019: Different Forms of Gambling
Gambling has been a part of Indian history, since ancient times. In the olden times, people would play Chausar. This game included four dice for each player (they could also share) – beehive-shaped game-pieces of wood or stone, each piece having four faces. Each die has a total of 16 numbers on its four faces, leading to there being 64 numbers in all from the four dice. Chausar was played for only one reason, namely, entertainment. This game, however, then developed into Chaupad, where one would put gold coins, grains, animals, jewelry, and such items at stake for playing. It further cultivated into Dyut Kreeda (played in Mahabharat) and soon afterwards cards joined the board game. From then on, gambling has become associated with card games.
However, despite many people playing this game as a good omen on Diwali, one must remember to keep their wits about while playing. There have been many stories of people ending up losing everything they own in gambling. A simple game on Diwali night can become a life full of troubles for you. One should never forget that something like this happened with the Pandavas as well, thanks to Shakuni, and the men ended up even gambling away their wife. They had to go on a 13-year long exile in order to get her back and safe. Thus, this Diwali, play safe and with a pure heart.
AstroSage Wishes All Its Readers A Happy Diwali! We Hope That Your Coming Year Is Filled With The Blessings Of Goddess Lakshmi, Even Without Gambling!