Diwali or Deepawali is India’s ‘Festival of Lights’. It’s a time when people come together to celebrate the victory of good conquering the evil. It is comparable to light conquering the darkness. This celebration goes along with the Hindu New Year. The start of the new business year is also associated with it. Prayers are offered to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, and Ganesha, the god of luck and logic. This is done for entering into a successful year. It is one of the biggest events in the Hindu calendar.
Some Do’s and Don’ts for Diwali Celebration:
The Kartika month is one of the holiest months for the followers of the Sanatan Dharma. There are various holy occasions falling during this month. Some of the important moments are KarwaChauth, Ashtami, Ekadashi, Dhanteras, Narak Chaturdashi, Diwali, Govardhan Puja, Bhaidooj, Saubhagy Panchami, Chhath, Kartik Purnima, Kartiksnan etc. Also bathing in the holy water of rivers is essential. For the best results worshipping Shiva with Bael leaves, Vishnu with basil and Mother Goddess with kumkum in this month are considered divine.
The Kartik Amavasya has its own importance. It is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi(the Goddess of wealth). Those who worship her with a lotus flowers after illuminating their homes with an earthen lamp would be blessed with plenty of wealth. Lakshmi showers the house with wealth and prosperity. Shortage of money never hits the life of such people.
This festival of lights is linked by four days of celebration. These four days, the country seems brilliant with lights and joy. Each of the days is separated by different traditions.
The first day:
Naraka Chaturdasi marks the capturing of the demon Naraka by Lord Shri Krishna and his wife named Satyabhama.
The second day:
Amavasya is the second day of Deepawali, and it marks the worship of Mata Laxmi. At this time she is in her most happy mood and is ready to fulfill the wishes of her devotees. It is also believed that on this day only Lord Rama returned to his people. After 14 years of exile during which he fought and won a battle against the demon king (Ravana.)
The Third day:
On this day Govardhan Puja is celebrated.
The fourth day:
It is referred to as Yama Dvitiya or Bhai Dooj. On this day sisters invite their brothers to their respective homes.
The fifth day:
This is an exception, as some traditions have made this festival of five days. This includes trayodashi as Dhanteras. This day is dominated by the tradition of gambling and purchasing of new utensils.
All the little rituals of Diwali have its own story. Homes are lighted with diyas and firecrackers add charm to the skies. It is done as an expression of respect to the heavens. As, one achieves health, wealth, knowledge, peace, and well-being during this festival.
One belief says, that the sound of firecrackers indicates the joy of the people living on earth. This sound makes the Gods aware of their blissful state. While scientific approach says that the fumes work on cleanliness. These firecrackers fumes kill many insects and mosquitoes, which are plentiful after the rains and Diya lightning.
Throwing light on Diwali:
Diwali is the festival of cultural, religious and spiritual importance. It means the awareness and illuminating the inner light for us. The Hindu mythology there is nothing much pure, unchanging and eternal as the Atman. People celebrate Diwali to accept the victory of good over evil. Diwali is not only an official holiday in India, but also in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Singapore, Malaysia, Fiji, and several other countries. For this reason, it is one of the happiest and brightest festivals of the year, celebrated all over the world.
This Puja is carried out on the night of Kartik Amavasya. Mostly in the eastern part of India goddess Kali is worshipped. The main purpose of Kali puja is to seek the ask Ma kali for a long life. Specific This Puja removes ego and negativity as these traits hamper spiritual and mental growth. Kali also referred to as Shyama Kali. She is the first of the 10 avatars of Maa Durga. It is also performed to seek protection against evil.
Do’s and Don’ts for a beneficial Diwali:
- Place all the idols in the order, from left to right- First Lord Ganesha, Lakshmi, Lord Vishnu, then Maa Saraswati and lastly Maa Kali. Then after them, the idols of Lakshmana, Shree Ram, and Maa Sita should be placed.
- Always set the pooja area in the north-east direction. All family members should sit facing the north while performing the pooja. Always fill the main Pooja Diya with pure Ghee or Desi Ghee. Diyas should be in the count of 11, 21 or 51.
3 Keep one more ghee/mustard oil Diya lit throughout the Diwali night. And it should be in the south-east corner of the home.
- Always arrange diyas in a group of four. The group of four denotes Goddess Lakshmi, Ganesha, Kuber and Indra Deva.
- Make the maximum use of red color. Even red Diyas, candles, lights, bed sheets and red flowers can be used.
- Always start Diwali Pooja first with the worship of Ganesh. As he is worshiped as “Vighnaharta”.
- One should worship his/her account books also if maintained. They should be placed in front of the idol of Goddess Lakshmi, towards the west. So that it is also blessed.
- Maintain cleanliness! As Goddess Lakshmi resides in a place where truth, purity, and compassion prevails. Always keep your home and sleeping area clean, especially on the occasion of Diwali.
- Maa Lakshmi likes peace and harmony. So avoid disputes between family members and friends. Keep a loving and peaceful environment at home.
- Never taste food while you are cooking, when it is ready then you can.
- Perform aarti with your entire family, in order to please goddess, Lakshmi.
- When choosing gifts for friends and relatives, don’t go for leather items, cutlery, and crackers. Instead, purchase some sweets.
- Gambling should be strictly avoided! Don’t play for money, for fun.
- Avoid Drinking and consuming non-vegetarian food on the occasion of Diwali.
- Don’t leave the pooja area unattended. Make sure that the diya remains lit throughout the night. Keep on adding more and more ghee.
- Do not use too many candles use traditional earthen Diyas instead.
- Do not place that idol of Ganesha, which is not in a seated position. And also the one with the right-sided trunk.
- Do not light crackers when the Lakshmi pujan is on.
- Do not clap while singing arti of Lakshmi! Instead, a small bell can be used. Sing it in a medium loud voice. It is said that goddess Lakshmi hates loud noise.
- Do not place goddess Lakshmi alone, do keep her constant companion lord Vishnu besides her.
- Don’t use fireworks indoors, use it on the ground or on the terrace.
- Don’t carry fireworks in your pocket.
- Do not light fireworks in metal or glass containers, light them freely.
- Don’t wear silk, synthetic or flowing garments as they can catch fire easily.
It is important to follow the little precautions to avoid any sticky situation from popping up. Gautam Buddha says ‘Be a light upon you, don’t throw the responsibility on anybody else’. Take the responsibility, because it is by taking the responsibility on yourself you become mature. Then only real celebration begins. Therefore, lighting up your soul is more important. Punch out the negativity from yourself and become a better person this Diwali.