Diwali is also called as Deepawali in South India. This is the festival of lights, festival of Victory and festival of Prayers. The reason to celebrate this festival is that, Lord Ram has returned to his kingdom after 14 years of banishment in to the forests and that day marks the beginning of Hindu New Year. So, what could be the best day rather than Praying on Diwali?
For every Diwali, every house in India are properly cleaned and decorated with Diyas. Everyone at home prepares food and dresses up in fineries. At our home, lines of diyals, Deeps, Rangoli, lamps and candles will be there to welcome you. All over India people celebrate Diwali by bursting crackers, eating sweets, by exchanging sweets and other gifts. In Hindu culture, Five days of Diwali has five days of celebration, praying and poojas, because, everyone has a reason to pray and Poojas are incomplete without Pooja Pack, which contains everything that one should need to perform the Poojas.
Five Days of Diwali Celebration
Dhanteras is the first day of Diwali. This signifies value of wealth, and perhaps this is the reason why people buy gold and utensils on this auspicious day. Dhanteras is also known as the birth anniversary of Lord Dhanvantari. On Dhanteras many people worship Lord Dhanvantari by offering prayers to him. It is believed that he gives good health and wealth for the entire year.
After Dhateras comes Chhoti Diwali, which is also known as Narak Chatudashi. Narak Chturdashi is celebrated for the victory of good over evil and light over darkness. Narakasura was killed by Lord Krisha on this day.
Here comes the main celebration of Diwali, Lakshmi Pooja. On this day, Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped in almost all Indian Hindu homes. Everyone has a reason to pray for Godess Lakshmi, and everyone seek blessings of Lakshmi- The Godess of Wealth. On this day Indians wear new apparels, jewelry and offer prayers to Lord Lakshmi. It is believed that, who performs Lakshmi pooja on this auspicious day, Goddess Lakshmi will stay in their home for entire year. That is the reason even, Business community people also performs Lakshmi Pooja on this day, they close their old accounts as this is the last day of year.
This is the day, when New Year starts for Hindus, the beginning of a new year. On this day people exchange sweets and gifts. In North India, people worship Govardhan Hill. This Govardhan Hill was lifter by Lord Krishna to save people from torrential rains poured by Lord Indra. All Indians perform special pooja on this auspicious day.
Bhai Dooj is exactly like Raksha Bandhan. This is the day to celebrate bond between brothers and sisters. On this day sisters invite their brother to their homes, do Arti and serve him good meal. Both together perform pooja and take blessings of God. In return, Brothers must give Diwali gifts their sisters.
Like Raksha Bandhan, this day also celebrates bond between brothers and sisters. On Bhai Dooj or Bhaiya Dooj, sisters invite their brothers to their homes and server him good meal. In return, brother gives Diwali gifts to his sister.
With Five days of celebration and five days of Poojas, Diwali festival bids farewell and promises more joy and happiness for the next year.
Happy Diwali, May Godess Lakshmi bless you with all the happiness, health and wealth.
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