Diwali 2023: Muhurat, Deep Daan Significance, Zodiac-Wise Remedies Etc

We all get very excited as we hear the word Diwali as it brings the feeling of joy and festive spirit in us. It is a five day long festival celebrated in all parts of our country with a bit of cultural difference and belief, but most of the things like lighting of Diyas and Lakshmi Pujan are the common rituals performed. But have you ever wondered why we light so many Diyas? Why is Diwali considered as the festival of light? This is because Diwali falls on Amavasya Tithi of Kartik month when the two life-giving sources Sun and Moon are not in a good position. The Sun is in a debilitated zodiac (Libra). Because of Amavasya tithi, the Moon is also in a weak position, there is no moon light, and it is the darkest night of the year. So to keep us positive and motivated to remove the darkness from our life through our own efforts we light numerous Diyas.

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In this special blog on Diwali curated by Acharyaa Parul Verma,  we will read the lesser known mythological tales associated with the festival of lights, remedies, rituals, Muhurat, and much more!

Let’s begin by knowing the Diwali Muhurat 2023

Diwali 2023: Date & Shubh Muhurat

Diwali means the festival of wealth and prosperity. In this festival, along with Ganesha and Maa Lakshmi, Lord Kuber, Saraswati, and Kali Mata are also worshiped. Worshiping Lord Ganesha on the night of Diwali gives wisdom and knowledge, which inspires a person to earn money. It also increases the understanding of how to properly utilize wealth. Goddess Lakshmi, pleased with her worship, bestows the boon of wealth and Lord Kuber helps in accumulating wealth. Therefore demy god Kuber is also worshiped along with Ganesh Lakshmi on the night of Diwali. 

If we talk about the Muhurat, the best time for Lakshmi Pujan is Pradosh kaal (evening time) that starts from sunset and lasts till 2 hours 24 minutes after that. Taurus Lagna is best for domestic happiness, prosperity and growth. 

Many people also prefer to worship in Leo Lagna, but in our opinion it’s a more suitable time for people in power or those who do Tantrik Puja.

Lakshmi Puja is on Sunday, November 12, 2023

Lakshmi Puja Muhurat – 05:40 PM to 07:36 PM

Duration – 01 Hour 54 Mins

Diwali Auspicious Choghadiya Muhurat

Afternoon Muhurat (Shubh): 14:46:57 to 14:47:07

Evening Muhurat (Shubh, Amrut, Chal): 17:29:11 to 22:26:23

Night Muhurat (Laabh): 25:44:31 to 27:23:35

Early Morning Muhurat (Shubh): 29:02:39 to 30:41:44

Note: These Muhurat timings are applicable for New Delhi. To know the timings as per your city, click here.

Diwali 2023 Calendar

DateEvent & Tithi
10 November (Friday)Dhanteras (Dwadashi)
12 November (Sunday)Narak Chaturdashi (Chaturdashi)
12 November (Sunday)Diwali (Chaturdashi)
14 November (Tuesday)Govardhan Puja (Pratipada)
15 November (Wednesday)Bhai Dooj (Dwitiya)

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Diwali 2023: Pujan Vidhi 

For your help, below is a detailed procedure of how to perform Diwali Pujan 2023.

  • First of all, purify the house by sprinkling Ganga water.
  • Make rangoli at the main entrance of the house.
  • Place a bundle of flowers and mango leaves on both sides of the door of the house.
  • Write ‘Om’ and make Swastika symbols on the lockers and jewelry boxes.
  • Install a clay idol of new Lakshmi Ganesh in the house.
  • Decorate the puja thali and place Gunja, Roli, Mauli, Akshat, garland, incense, lamp, perfume or rose water, Gangajal, camphor, betel nut,  clove-cardamom, sugar candy,  sandalwood, small coconut, cowrie, Gomti Chakra in it.
  • Write ‘Om’ with Roli in front of the idol of Lakshmi-Ganesh and make the Swastika symbol. 
  • Make sweets and place the offering of Panchmeva, Khir and Besan laddu as Bhog.
  • Do Kalash Sthapana.
  • Light a ghee lamp on a pile of rice and an oil lamp on a pile of wheat.
  • Place Lakshmi Ganesha silver coin in a separate plate.

Now finally sit in front of the idol of Ganesha and Lakshmi. Then purify yourself by springly water or gangajal and reciting this mantra – ‘OM APAVITRAH PAVITROVA SARVAVASTHAM GATOPIVA YAH SMARETH PUNDARIKAKSHAM SA BAHYABHYANTARAH SHUCHIH’. Sprinkle 3-3 times with Kusha or flowers on yourself and the seat.

Ganpati Pujan

As we all know, in any Puja, Ganesha is worshiped first. With flowers in hand, meditate on Lord Ganesha and chant ‘Om Gam Ganapataye Namah’ 108 times and offer Roli and Akshat to Lord Ganesha.

After the worship, offer prasad to Ganpati. Offer various offerings containing sugar and Ghee to the God. After that, offer a pan and betel nut, then fruits to Bappa. Now take a flower and offer it to Lord Ganesha and say:  ‘Lord Ganesha please accept these offerings.’

Kalasha Pujan

Tie a Mauli on the Kalasha and place a mango leaf. Inside the Kalasha, put betel nuts, Durva and Akshat. Now wrap the red cloth over the coconut and place it on the Kalasha. With Akshat and flowers in hand, invoke gods and demigods to be present there, accept the offerings and bless you.

Lakshmi Pujan

  • First of all, meditate on Goddess Lakshmi.
  • Then offer the remaining contents of the worship plate to the goddess lakshmi while chanting the mantra “Om Lakshmi Ganeshaya Namah”
  • Now chant the following mantra of Lakshmi 108 times on a rosary of kamal gatta or crystal. After that, anoint the coin of Lakshmi Ganesha with milk, honey and Gangajal, rose water. and continue to chant the mantra – ‘Lakshmi Ganeshabhyam Namah’.
  • After the worship, offer Kheer Prasad to Goddess Lakshmi, After that, offer a pan and betel nut, fruits, and Panch Meva to Maa Lakshmi. Now take a lotus flower and offer it to the Goddess and say:  ‘Goddess lakshmi please accept these offerings’.
  • Finally, burn camphor and perform Aarti of Maa Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha.
  • Keep the coins of Kauri, Gomti Chakra, Gunja and Lakshmi Ganesh in the safe, grain storage place and purse respectively.

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Deep Daan On Diwali: Significance & Method

Another aspect of Diwali is that it falls on the Amavasya tithi and is an important day for the Pitru Devatas. After visiting the people on Earth during Shradh Paksha, this is the day when our ancestors reach the Pitra Lok, and to show them the direction for a smooth journey, we must perform the famous ‘Deep Daan’ on Diwali.

  • Clean the picture of your ancestors, offer yellow or white Chandan then offer white flower or white flower garland to them. Now light the Diya and dhoop in front of them.
  • Pray and pay respect to your elders and show gratitude towards them for the life they have given you.
  • Offer the clothes, food, sweets, fruits and other necessary items to the priest on this day.
  • In the night time, light 14 diyas of ghee in the South West direction for your ancestors.

Deep Daan: Few people are aware of the significant role that Akash Deep Daan plays in our culture in showing our ancestors the way. We have forgotten this activity, but it is one that we should definitely carry out. There are various methods for doing this. For example, you can take a Lamp of Ghee, put a Bati in it that is pointing upwards, then take a small amount of rice under the open sky before covering it with a diya. Light the candle and ask your ancestors for their blessings in the following manner: “Dear Pitra Devtas, I pray to God and wish that this candle/ Diya fills your way with light and helps you reach your destination. I also pray to you to fill my life with your blessings.’ Dear readers, you can also perform the Akash Deep Daan using candle hot air balloons.

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Zodiac-Wise Diwali Pooja Rituals For Blessings & Prosperity

Aries: On the night of Diwali, make a Swastika with wheat on a red cloth and place a plate on it. Write ‘Gun’ with kumkum on the plate, place Shwetark Ganapati, quince and 7 cowries, chant the following mantra 5 times with a sandalwood rosary. “Om Sarva Siddhi Pradoyasi Tvam Siddhi Buddhiprado Bhavah Shreem”. Next day, feed yellow food to 5 girls, keep white powder in the Puja room and let the rest of the ingredients flow in water. You will start making financial gains.

Taurus: Starting from the night of Diwali, for 7 consecutive days, in front of the Mahalakshmi Yantra, the mantra “Om Mahalakshmyai Namah” should be chanted 11 times using a lotus garland and on the last day, food should be offered to a Brahmin. By doing so, economic prosperity starts coming.

Gemini: On the day of Diwali, take the root of Shwetark (the symbol of Lord Ganesha), place it in the place of worship (Puja Ghar) and worship it daily along with Maa Laxmi while chanting the Mantra-  “oṃ hrīṃ aṣṭalakṣmyai dāridraya vināśinī, sarva sukha samṛddhiṃ dehi dehi hrīṃ oṃ namaḥ”.

Cancer: See Moon that rises after Diwali for the first time every night, from that day to the next full moon. Keep curd and rice on a banana leaf and show it to the moon each night. Then offer that rice and curd to a Pandit Ji in the temple. This will help you gain sudden wealth.

Leo: Chant “Om Hrim Klim Mahalakshmyai Namah” mantra in front of the picture of Sri Lakshmi starting from Diwali daily, on 5 rosary. This will invite prosperity in your life. 

Virgo: In front of Goddess Durga, chant the following Mantra daily, starting from the day of Diwali- “Dehi sobhagyamarogyaam dehi me param sukhmarupam dehi yasho | dehi jaay dehi dwisho jahi”. This will help you retain wealth. 

Libra: Do Prana Pratishtha of Shri Yantra on Diwali and worship every day. This destroys all kinds of suffering, disease and poverty. All kinds of material pleasures, peace and joy are obtained. The mantra for worshiping this yantra is as follows: “Shri Hrim Shrim Kamale Kamalalaye Prasid”.

Scorpio: If you recite the Mantra “Rinharta Mangal Stotra” daily starting from Diwali in front of Mangal Yantra, your debts will soon be reduced and your wealth will increase.

Sagittarius–  If 21 rosaries of the following mantra are chanted on the day of Diwali and food is served to a Brahmin the next day, then one attains infinite wealth. ‘Om Shreem Hreem Kleem Aim Saun Om Hreem Sakal Hreem Saun Aim Kleem Hreem Shreem Om’.

Capricorn:  On the evening of Diwali, take a betel nut and a single copper coin and keep it under a Peepal tree. If you bring a leaf from the same Peepal tree on Sunday and keep it under the cushion at the workplace, customers remain and money starts coming in.

Aquarius:  On the day of Diwali, put black Gunja seeds under your neck and chant the following mantra 5 times and light a lamp in front of Goddess Mahalakshmi daily to prevent business losses- “Om Ain Hreem Vijay Vardaya Devi Mamah”

Pisces–  On the day of Diwali, if 11 lumps of turmeric are kept in a yellow cloth and after chanting the following mantra 11 times, they are kept in the safe and a lamp is lit there daily, then business starts progressing- “Om Vakratundaya Hoon”.

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