Deepawali is a significant festival of Hindus. This five-day long festivities ranges from Dhanteras to Bhaiya Dhooj. Deepawali signifies the victory of light over the darkness, portraying the triumph of good over evil. It is celebrated during the Amavasya of the Kartik month of Hindu calendar. On this auspicious day, Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Ganesha and Maa Sarswati are revered during evening and night. According to Puranas, Goddess Lakshmi descends to the Earth, and visits every house, therefore it is said that the proper cleaning and lightening of the house should be done on this opportune moment so as to please Goddess Lakshmi and enjoy her divine blessings.
On the Amavasya of Kartik, Lord Rama returned to his Kingdom Ayodhya, after defeating the demon king Ravana, and completing 14 years of his exile. The people of Ayodhya celebrated the homecoming of their beloved prince by lighting their houses with clay-lamp and candles with jollity.
According to another legend, the demon king Narakasura stole the revered earrings of Lord Indra’s mother, and abducted 16,000 women. Terrorized by Narakasura’s power and consequent actions, the Devtas along with the saints, pleaded to Lord Vishnu for succor. Incarnated as Lord Krishna, he beheaded the demon on the Chaturdashi of Kartik, reclaimed the earrings, and encaged the incarcerated women from Narakasura, thus ending the tormenting reign of Narakasura and immortalizing the day as Naraka Chaturdashi. The people celebrated the victory by lightening lamps to express their gaiety on the next day, leading to the celebration of Deepawali.
On this day, during the churning of the ocean (Samudra Manthan), Goddess Lakshmi appeared in the Kshir Sagar, and accepted Lord Vishnu as her consort.
It is believed that the positions of planets of festive occasions are very beneficial for the mankind. As per Vedic Astrology, the sun and the Moon are in conjunction during this period, and are placed in the sun sign Libra, under the rule of Swati Nakshatra. This Nakshatra is a feminine constellation linked to Goddess Saraswati, and signifies a harmonious period. Libra represents harmony and balance, and is ruled by the planet Venus which promotes camaraderie, brotherhood, good faith and respect, marking Deepawali as an auspicious time.
Diwali Puja vidhi:
It is the major and auspicious occasion that offers you an opportunity to be millionaire by obtaining grace of the Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi. Perform Pooja with accurate Diwali Pooja Vidhi given here and get a chance to obtain immense blessings of Goddess Lakshmi.
Goddess Lakshmi is the Goddess of wealth and richness. Worshiping her makes her devotees blessed with boundless wealth in life. She is represented to offer gold, silver and infinite money coming out from grace of her hands. Thus, it is very auspicious and important to venerate Goddess Lakshmi during Diwali. Also, Lakshmi Pooja is important ritual in Diwali pooja vidhi. For performing a simple Lakshmi Pooja during the occasion of Diwali, the related Pooja items should be managed. Purification of soul and body is must before performing any Pooja, so first bath and wear new clothes, and do Namaskar to your parents and Guru. Collect all Diwali Pooja items at your shrine place where you’ll perform Diwali Poojan. While performing Diwali Pooja, facing should be toward East direction and place Peetham in front of you and spread red cloth or unused small towel on top. Place Goddess Lakshmi’s picture on top of the red cloth. Put oil lamps on both sides. Put incense sticks on the right hand side of the picture and prepare a plate with Kumkum, Chandan, turmeric powder, coins, betel nuts and leaves and place banana and Prasad on side. Take 1 cup of raw rice, mix couple of pinches of turmeric powder. Mix it really well and sprinkle couple of water drops and mix it again. This is called Akshata. Place flowers on your right hand side and put Akshata (prepared above) in the same plate and keep water filled Kalasha ready to your left and Panchapatram or a cup filled with water and spoon in your front. Keep Ganesha idol, Lakshmi idol and Lakshmi coins right in front of the picture and females should sit on the right side of males during Puja. Chant Mantras which will make Diwali Puja Divine. Chanting Kankdhara Stotra during puja will be more beneficial.
As Diwali is the festival of illuminating lights, lighting deepa or diya (lamps) is divine part of Diwali Pooja. Lighting of Diya on shrine place is called ‘Deep Sthapna’. Performing this, you not only lit lamp but also invite enormous prosperity at your home. By lighting Diya, you pray to God to remove darkness or evil influence from your life forever. And this way, Dipa Sthapna brings mammoth happiness and harmony among family members.
After Deepa Sthapana, do Lakshma Puja. Chant following Mantra 108 times and keep offering mixture of milk, curd, ghee, sugar as well as honey over Mahalakshmi’s idol, Lakshmi coins. If you don’t have Lakshmi coins, you can use regular dollar coins etc. and then pour clean water. Cleanse and put them again in clean Puja plate.
“Om namo mahālakṣmyai namah |”
Aarti successfully concludes any Pooja. For delightfully concluding Diwali Pooja, it is must to sing Ganesh Aarti and Mahalakshmi Aarti. Through singing Aarti, devotees devotedly show reverence inclined toward deity. Offering Aarti is one way to adore or venerate God or Goddess. Therefore, for completely delighting Goddess Lakshmi during this Diwali Pooja, must offer Mahalakshmi Aarti.
Given below is Mahalakshmi Aarti. Light lamp and sing Aarati.
“Om Jai Laxmi Mata, Maiya Jai Laxmi Mata,
Tumko nis din sevat, Hari, Vishnu Data……….. Om Jai Laxmi Mata
Uma Rama Brahmaani, Tum ho Jag Mata…………..Maiya, Tum ho Jag Mata,
Surya Chandrama dhyaavat, Naarad Rishi gaata……………Om Jai Laxmi Mata.
Durga Roop Niranjani, Sukh Sampati Data,………..Maiya Sukh Sampati Data
Jo koyee tumko dhyaataa, Ridhee Sidhee dhan paataa…………….Om Jai Laxmi Mata.
Jis ghar mein tum rehtee, sab sukh guna aataa,………….Maiya sab sukh guna aataa,
Taap paap mit jaataa, Man naheen ghabraataa…………..Om Jai Laxmi Mata
Dhoop Deep phal meva, Ma sweekaar karo,…………………..Maiya Ma sweekaar karo,
Gyaan prakaash karo Ma, Moha agyaan haro……………….Om Jai Laxmi Mata.
Maha Laxmiji ki Aarti, nis din jo gaavey……………Maiya nis din jo gaavey,
Dukh jaavey, sukh aavey, Ati aananda paavey……………Om Jai Laxmi Mata.
“Om namo mahalaksmyai namah | artikyam samarpayami |” (light ghee lamp, do Aarti three times)
“Om namo mahalakshmyai namah | mantrapuspam samarpayāmi |” (offer flowers)
“Om namo mahalaksmyai namah | pradaksinan namaskaran samarpayami |” (offer Akshata, flowers)
“Om namo mahalaksmyai namah| sarva rājopacārān samarpayāmi ||” (offer Akshata)
“Anaya pujaya mahalaksmih priyatam ||”
With this, you may end your puja and place the diyas in different corners of your house. Distribute the Prasad amongst all and grant blessings from the deities.
Lakshmi Puja Muhurta – 18:42 to 20:11
- Pradosh Kaal- 17:36 to 20:11
- Vrishabha Kaal – 18:42 to 20:37
- Singh Kaal – 01:31 to 03:46 (Mid-night)
- Amavasya Tithi Begins- 12:23 (27thOctober)
- Amavasya Tithi Ends- 09:08 (28thOctober)
We at Veenus Astro wish you a very Happy Diwali.