Diwali

Diwali, Purohits to perform Lakshmi Puja in Bangalore on Diwali

Diwali or Deepavali is the festival of lights, indeed the most awaited and the most celebrated festivals of India and celebrated for five days. This year Diwali is on 27th  October 2019.

 Diwali symbolises the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance". The roots of Diwali likely stem from a fusion of harvest festivals in ancient India. It is mentioned in Sanskrit texts such as the Padma Purana, the Skanda Purana 

 The festivities begin two days before the night of the new moon, on Dhanteras, and extends two days after, the second day of the first fortnight of the month of Kartik

 

Legend:

 One tradition links the festival to legends in the Hindu epic Ramayana, where Diwali is the day Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman reached Ayodya after a period in exile and Rama's army of good defeated demon king Ravana's army of evil.

 

Diwlai is also associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity; it is believed as the day Goddess Lakshmi was born from Samudra manthan, the churning of the cosmic ocean of milk by the Devas (gods) and the Asuras (demons) – a Vedic legend that is also found in several Puranas such as the Padma Purana, while the night of Diwali is when Lakshmi wed Vishnu

 

Diwali is also considered s the day the god Krishna overcame and destroyed the evil demon king Narakasura, in yet another symbolic victory of light over dark.

 

Celebration:

On the first day of Diwali, people consider it auspicious to spring clean the home and shop for gold or kitchen utensils.


On the second day, people decorate their homes with clay lamps and create design patterns called rangoli on the floor using colored powders or sand.

The third day is the main day of the festival when families gather together for Lakshmi puja, a prayer to Goddess Lakshmi followed by mouth-watering feasts and firework festivities.

The fourth day is the first day of the new year when friends and relatives visit with gifts and best wishes for the season.

On the last day of Diwali, brothers visit their married sisters who welcome them with love and a lavish meal.

Participate in the special Lakshmi Homam at Anarghyaa.com on 27th October 2019 and seek the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi