Diwali is being celebrated today with traditional fervour across the nation. You too are in a celebratory mood. But before going the whole hog with the festivities, get a recap on the festival and its significance in your life.
The festival of lights, also known as Deepavali, is the most popular festival of India celebrated in the commemoration of an event – the return of Lord Rama to his home in Ayodhya on the culmination of fourteen years of banishment to the forests along with his wife Sita and younger brother Lakshmana.
Legend has it that the common folk in Ayodhya were so excited about the arrival of Lord Rama in his kingdom that they celebrated the occasion by lighting lamps illuminating the entire town – hence the name Deepavali which literally means ‘string of lights’.
We, therefore, see temples, homes, shops and office buildings are brightly illuminated on the occasion signifying the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.
SIGNIFICANCE OF LAXMI AND GANESH PUJA
One of the signature events on Diwali in most households is the reeti (custom) of worshipping Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha. In preparation of the celebration, people clean their houses, get them painted or whitewashed, buy new furniture and in general “dress up” their homes for these two special guests – Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha.
While Lakshmi is considered the goddess of wealth, fortune, luxury and prosperity, Ganesha is revered as the eliminator of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the ‘deva’ (god) of intellect and wisdom. People worship these two deities together on Diwali to welcome wealth along with intelligence.
As per the mythology, the Goddess adopted Ganesha because she was childless. Out of love, she declared that all her luxury, prosperity and wealth belong to him.
Pandit Hari Shankar, a priest at Shiv Mandir, Dilshad colony, said, “Those who worship Lord Ganesha and Goddess Laxmi, their houses are filled with wealth, joy, happiness, peace and prosperity. Lord Kuber and Lord Ganesha’s sons, Shubh and Labh, are also worshipped on Deepavali alongside these two deities.”
He added, “Lord Rama said those who worship these two deities on Diwali, all their wishes will be fulfilled. And from then on the custom of worshipping these two deities is followed.”
He also said the year will be fruitful for people. They will get all the happiness that they desire.
It is said that on the night of Diwali, Goddess Lakshmi visits each house and blesses everyone with great wealth. It is also said that without wisdom, money (Laxmi) does not come. So, one must first acquire the intelligence to spend the wealth in the right manner. Therefore, Lakshmi and Ganesha are worshipped together.
Lakshmi Puja Muhurat - 06:57 PM to 08:24 PM
Duration - 01 Hour 27 Mins
Pradosh Kaal - 05:52 PM to 08:24 PM
Vrishabha Kaal - 06:57 PM to 08:55 PM
Amavasya Tithi Begins - 12:23 PM on Oct 27, 2019
Amavasya Tithi Ends - 09:08 AM on Oct 28, 2019