Diwali 2020 : Attain the Grace of Maa Lakshmi on this Very Day!

Many fasts and festivals are a part of Hinduism, but the festival of Diwali is considered to be the most auspicious one amongst all. This festival is celebrated in reverence of Lord Shri Ram as he returned to Ayodhya after the exile of 14 years. At that time, people lit lamps/Diyas filled with Ghee to greet him and since then, this tradition started taking place. 

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The festival of Diwali falls on Amavasya but there is always the light of Diyas that are lit in Lord Ram’s greet in the darkness of Amavasya. As the uncountable Diyas remove darkness, similarly the significance of this festival is that the light of knowledge shows the signs of positivity in the darkness of absolute negligence.  

Owing to the same, Diwali is also known by the name of Prakashotsav. The festival of Diwali brings many other festivals like Choti Diwali, Dhanteras, Lakshmi Puja, Govardhan Puja, Bhai Dooj etc. along with it.

You will be surprised to know that the festival of Diwali is celebrated not only in India but also several other different countries. However, this festival is known by various other names in those countries. The festival of Diwali is considered to be highly significant in Hinduism in India. 

Diwali and Lakshmi Puja

Maa Lakshmi is considered to be the goddess of wealth in Hinduism. In this pretext, the day of Diwali is considered to be the best for attaining the grace of Maa Lakshmi. People venerate Maa Lakshmi in order to have peace, prosperity and Maa’s grace at home after the sunset during stable ascendant i.e. Taurus Ascendant and and observing the whole day fast. People must keep in mind the Puja Muhurat pertaining to this very day.

Lakshmi Pujan Shubh Muhurat

Muhurat of Lakshmi Puja on Diwali

Lakshmi Puja Muhurat commences from 17:30:04 and lasts till 19:25:54
Duration – 1:55 Hours
Pradosh Kaal – From 17:27:41 upto 20:06:58
Vrishabha Kaal – From 17:30:04 till 19:25:54

The above cited timings are applicable for Delhi. Click here to know the Shubh Muhurat of your city. 

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Diwali Pujan Vidhi and Shubh Muhurat 

This year, there is Amavasya Tithi of Kartik month on November 14. Although, Amavasya falls on this very day but the festival of light in Hinduism i.e. Diwali, shines in the light of lamps/Diyas. As per Puranas, it is the same day when Lord Shri Ram returned to Ayodhya after completing the exile of 14 years and killing Ravana.

Diwali Mahanishith Kaal Muhurat

Lakshmi Puja Muhurta – From 23:39:20 till 24:32:26

Duration – 0 hours 53 minutes

Mahanishith Kaal – From 23:39:20 upto 24:32:26 

Leo period – From 24:01:35 upto 26:19:15 

Diwali Pujan holds high significance on this very day. Maa Lakshmi is venerated specially on the day of Diwali. There is a tradition of worshipping Bhagwan Ganesha, Lord Kuber along with Maa Lakshmi on this very day.

Diwali auspicious Choghadiya Muhurat

Afternoon (Aprahan) Muhurat (Profit, Nectar) – 14:20:25 to 16:07:08

Evening time (Benefits) – From 17:27:41 upto 19:07:14

Night Muhurat (Shubh, Amrit, Chal) – From 20:46:47 till 25:45:26 

Ushakal Muhurta (Benefits) – From 29:04:32 upto 30:44:04 

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Lakshmi Puja Samagri on Diwali 

Maa Lakshmi likes clothes of yellow and red colours very much. In this pretext, either both the colours or one of the two coloured clothes must be kept in the worship. Also, must keep Diyas/lamps, Kalash, lotus flower, mace, Modak, quince, Sitaphal, plum, pomegranate fruit, rose, sandalwood, perfume, rice, saffron etc. in the worship of Maa Lakshmi. In addition to this, Cow’s pure Ghee and oil is used to light Diyas/lamps on this very day.

Name of MuhuratTimingsSpecialtySignificance
Pradosh KaalThree Muhurats after sunsetBest Time to venerate LakshmiSpecial importance of worship owing to stable ascendancy
Mahanishith KaalMuhurat falling during midnightTradition of venerating Maa Kali 
Auspicious timings for Tantric Puja

Rituals for the Day of Diwali

  • First of all, place the idol/photo of Maa Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha on a wooden plank.
  • Remember, Maa Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha must face east or west direction and the idol of Maa Lakshmi should be on the right side of Lord Ganesha.
  • After this, place the Kalash before Lakshmi Ji.
  • Roll the coconut in a piece of red cloth and place it on the Kalash.
  • Light one Diya/lamp filled with Ghee and another with oil and place both on the either side of a plank.
  • Spread a piece of red cloth before a Chowki decorated with the idol of Maa Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha and create Navagraha with rice on the same.
  • Create Swastika and write ‘ॐ’ with Roli. It is considered to be highly sacred.
  • Face north or east at the time of veneration. Maa Lakshmi must be worshipped in Pradosh Kaal.
  • Donate lamps/Diyas after the worship.
  • Must recite the Mantra – ‘ॐ श्रीं ह्रीं श्रीं महालक्ष्म्यै नम:’ / – ‘oṃ śrīṃ hrīṃ śrīṃ mahālakṣmyai nama:’ in the worship of Maa Lakshmi.

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Things to do on the Festival of Diwali

  • Wake up early in the morning, massage your body with oil and then, take a bath  on Kartik Amavasya i.e. the day of Diwali. By doing so, it is believed that one does not face problems owing to wealth.
  • Nobody should eat anything besides old people and children on the day of Diwali. Venerate Maa Lakshmi in the evening and then, have food.  
  • The tradition of venerating departed souls has also been defined on the day of Diwali. Offer Dhoop, Bhog etc. to them. Wear Meteorite during Pradosh Kaal and show direction to the ancestors. Meteorite means to show direction to the ancestors  by lightning Diya/lamp. Owing to performing the same, they (ancestors) get peace and attain Moksha.
  • Before the day of  Diwali, people should celebrate the festival with songs, Bhajans during midnight at home. It is said that one who performs the same, his/her family gets free from poverty. 

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Legend/Katha Pertaining to Diwali

Several legends pertaining to the festival of Diwali are famous. We are going to tell you some through this blog. As per first legend, Lord Shri Ram returned to Ayodhya after the exile of fourteen years and killing Ravana. People of Ayodhya lit lamps/Diyas in order to greet him. It is believed that Diwali started to take place since then. 

As per second legend pertaining to Diwali, a demon named Narkasura started creating troubles to deities and saints through his magical powers. The demon made 16,000 women captive. When Narkasura’s tyranny was enhancing, then deities and saints approached Lord Krishna and requested him to get them free from the demon. It is said that Lord Krishna killed Narkasura on Chaturdashi Tithi in Krishna Paksha during Kartik month and freed all the captive women. In this happiness, people lit lamps/diyas in their house on the second day i.e. the day of Amavasya during Kartik month.

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Astrological Significance Concerning Diwali

It is known to everyone that each and every festival celebrated in Hinduism has some astrological significance. It is believed that the planetary movements and some special Yogas on different festivals have some special and positive influence on the natives.

In this pretext, the time during Diwali festival is considered to be auspicious for any venture and buying items. There is an astrological reason behind this that the planets Sun and Moon are placed in Swati Nakshatra in Libra zodiac sign during the time of Diwali. 

As per Vedic astrology, the position of Sun and Moon is highly auspicious and fruitful as Libra zodiac sign is considered to be a balanced emotional sign and it represents justice and favoritism. In this pretext, the presence of both Sun and Moon in Libra zodiac sign is considered to be extremely fruitful and highly auspicious.

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