Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is one of the most important and auspicious Hindu festivals celebrated worldwide. The festival of lights reflects peace and joy, the triumph of good over evil, and light over darkness. It is one of the most important Hindu festivals, and all communities throughout the country celebrate it with great zeal. 


People clean their homes and decorate every corner with lights, lamps, diyas, flowers, rangoli, and candles during this festival. Families also perform Lakshmi Puja, in which they pray to the Goddess of Wealth for health, wealth, and prosperity.

Diwali, which is celebrated every year on the Amavasya of the Kartik month falls on November 4 this year. 

Why do we celebrate Diwali?

The ancient festival is linked to a number of religious stories. 

According to Hindu mythology, on the auspicious occasion of Diwali, Lord Rama- the Prince of Ayodhya, returned home with his wife Mata Sita and brother Lakshmana.

They returned to Ayodhya after spending 14 years in exile and defeating Ravana, King of Lanka. The people of Ayodhya had greeted their return with great zeal, lighting rows of lamps and diyas.

According to Bhagwat and Vishnudharmottara Purana, Lakshmi Ji appeared from the churning of the ocean on the new moon of Kartik month. 

Meanwhile, Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi ji were married on this day, according to the Valmiki Ramayana.

Diwali Time And Puja Muhurat:

One of the most important rituals of Diwali celebrations is Lakshmi Puja. On this day, people pray to the Goddess of Wealth to receive her blessings and to wish for health, wealth, and prosperity.

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  • According to the Drik Panchang, the auspicious time to perform Lakshmi Puja is 6:09 p.m. to 8:04 p.m. The duration will be 1 hour and 56 minutes.

  • Diwali Amavasya Tithi begins at 6:03 a.m. on November 4, 2021, and ends at 2:44 a.m. on November 5, 2021.

  • For Pradosh Kaal timing will be 5:34 p.m. to 8:10 p.m
  •  And for Vrishabha Kaal- 6:09 p.m. to 8:04 p.m.

Puja Vidhi

On Diwali, most Hindu households decorate their homes and workplaces with marigold flowers and Ashoka, mango, and banana leaves for Lakshmi puja. Mangalik Kalash topped with unpeeled coconut on both sides of the home's main doors is considered auspicious. 

Most pujas are traditionally performed following a day of fasting. So, devotees observe a day-long fast on the day of Lakshmi puja. The fast is broken after Lakshmi Puja in the evening.

During Diwali, Goddess Lakshmi is presented with Singhada, pomegranate, and quince. Sitaphal is also placed during the pooja. Maa Lakshmi is said to appreciate water chestnuts. Goddess Lakshmi is given kesarbhaat, kheer, and halwa as bhog.


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