Skip to main content

Happy Diwali | Lakshmi Puja - Festival of Lights


DEEPAVALI or Diwali means “a row of lights”. It falls on the last two days of the dark half of Kartik (October-November). For some it is a three-day festival. It commences with the Dhan-Teras, on the 13th day of the dark half of Kartik (hindu month), followed the next day by the Narak Chaudas, the 14th day, and by Deepavali proper on the 15th day.

According to the legends Lakshmi, Goddess of wealth, was incarnated on the new moon day (amaavasyaa) of the Kartik month during the churning of the ocean (samudra-manthan), hence the association of Diwali with Lakshmi. From that day she is worshipped as the symbol of wealth and prosperity. It is also said that on this very day Lord Vishnu rescued Goddess Lakshmi from the prison of Demon king bali and for that reason Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped on the day of Diwali. In Bengal the festival is dedicated to the worship of Kali. It also commemorates that blessed day on which the triumphant Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana. On this day also Sri Krishna killed the demon Narakasura.

In South India people take an oil bath in the morning and wear new clothes. They partake of sweetmeats. They light fireworks which are regarded as the effigies of Narakasura who was killed on this day. They greet one another, asking, “Have you had your Ganges bath?” which actually refers to the oil bath that morning as it is regarded as purifying as a bath in the holy Ganges. Everyone forgets and forgives the wrongs done by others. There is an air of freedom, festivity and friendliness everywhere.

This festival brings about unity. It instils charity in the hearts of people. Everyone buys new clothes for the family. Employers, too, purchase new clothes for their employees. Waking up during the Brahmamuhurta (at 4 a.m. ) is a great blessing from the standpoint of health, ethical discipline, efficiency in work and spiritual advancement. It is on Deepavali that everyone wakes up early in the morning. The sages who instituted this custom must have cherished the hope that their descendents would realise its benefits and make it a regular habit in their lives. In a happy mood of great rejoicing village folk move about freely, mixing with one another without any reserve, all enmity being forgotten. People embrace one another with love.

Deepavali is a great unifying force. Those with keen inner spiritual ears will clearly hear the voice of the sages, “O Children of God! unite, and love all”. The vibrations produced by the greetings of love which fill the atmosphere are powerful enough to bring about a change of heart in every man and woman in the world. Alas! That heart has considerably hardened, and only a continuous celebration of Deepavali in our homes can rekindle in us the urgent need of turning away from the ruinous path of hatred.

On this day Hindu merchants in North India open their new account books and pray for success and prosperity during the coming year. The homes are cleaned and decorated by day and illuminated by night with earthern oil-lamps. The best and finest illuminations are to be seen in Bombay and Amritsar. The famous Golden Temple at Amritsar is lit in the evening with thousands of lamps placed all over the steps of the big tank. Vaishnavites celebrate the Govardhan Puja and feed the poor on a large scale.

This year celebrate the Festival of Lights (Diwali) on Thu, 19 October 2017

Trending Posts

Know your Shani Sadhesati period

Jai Shani Dev The seven and a half year period during which Saturn (Shani) transits in the twelfth, first and second houses from the birth rashi (Moon sign) is called the Sadhesati of Saturn.
One Sade Sati is made up of three periods of approximately two and half years each, because Saturn travels in one rashi for two and half years.
Normally in the lifetime of a person, the Sadhesati of Shani (Saturn) occurs three times.


On 2nd November 2014, Saturn is moving into Scorpio by changing the the sign Libra. This will also change the positions of Saturn Sadhesati and Dhaiya. Here's birth signs influenced by Shani Sadhesati and dhaiya (small panoti).

From November 2, 2014 Libra, Scorpio and Sagittarius will have Sadhesati of Saturn .

- Virgo will descend from the Sadhesati completely.

- Libra will have another 2 1/2 years of sade sati and final Dhaiya of Saturn will remain in effect.


- Scorpio will begin the second Dhaiyya. Sade sati of Saturn on this sign will run more five years.

- Sagit…

Kanakdhara Stotram - 22 Slokas in Praise of Goddess Lakshmi

Adi Sankaracarya during his Brahmacari Bhikshatana one day visited the house of a poor Brahmin lady, whose husband also went to the village for Bhiksha and nothing was available in the house to offer.  She was very much upset and worried that she could not offer any thing to such a great person who came to her house.  She earnestly searched for some thing to be given in her house.  At last she found an Amla fruit (Emblic myrobalan).  She was feeling very shy to offer but she gave it with all humility and respect in the bowl of Sankaracarya.  Sri Sankaracarya was very much moved at the sight of the poverty, stricken woman and immediately in an extempore way started imploring Goddess Lakshmi to be merciful towards this poor Brahmin lady to drive away her poverty.
He recited twenty two slokas in praise of Goddess Lakshmi Who was very much pleased and appeared (Satkshathkara) before Sankaracarya and asked for his cause and all of prayer.
Sankaracarya pleaded her to grant riches to the Bra…

Shri Ganesh Mantras, Slokas & Stuti

Ganesha Mantras Stuti “Oh! Lord (Ganesha), of huge body and curved elephant trunk, whose brilliance is equal to billions of suns, always remove all obstacles from my endeavors.” “Salutations to Lord Ganesha who has an elephant head, who is attended by the band of his followers, who eats his favorite wood-apple and rose-apple fruits, who is the son of Goddess Uma, who is the cause of destruction of all sorrow. And I salute to his feet which are like lotus.” Sumukha, Ekadanta, Kapila, Gajakarnaka, Lambodara, Vikata, Vighnanaasha, Ganaadhipa, Dhuumraketu, Ganaadhyaksha, Bhaalachandra, Gajaanana -
No obstacles will come in the way of one who reads or listens to these 12 names of Lord Ganesha at the beginning of education, at the time of marriage, while entering or exiting anything, during a battle or calamity. “In order to remove all obstacles, one should meditate on (the Lord Ganesha) as wearing a white garment, as having the complexion like the moon, and having four arms and a pleasant c…

Pray to Ma Durga through these Great Mantras

Chant following mantras to invoke the Blessings of Devi Durga
“SARVA MANGALA MAANGALYE SHIVEYSARVAARTH SAADHIKEY,
SHARNAYE TRAYAMBAKEY GAURI NAARAAYANI NAMOSTUTEY.”
(Oh Narayaani, Oh Shivi, Oh Gauri you filful the desires of all. I pray to you)
“SHARNAAGAT DEENAART PARITRAAN PARAAYANEY,  SERVASYARTI HAREY DEVI NAARAAYANI NAMOSTUTEY.” (You who are perpetually endeavouring to protect the weak and the poor and remove their misery. Oh Narayani, I pray to you) “SARVASVAROOPEY SARVESHEY SARVSHAKTI SAMANVIETEY,  BHAYEBHYAH TRAAHI NO DEVI DURGE DEVI NAMOSTUTEY.” (Oh Goddess Durga, please protect us from all kinds of fear. Oh omnipotent Durga I pray to you) “ROGAAN SHOSHAAN PAHANSITUSHTARUSHTATU KAAMAAN SAKLAAN BHISHTAAN, TVAAM AASHRITAANAAM NA VIPANNARAANAM. TVAAMAASHRITAAHYA SHRAYTAAM PRAYAANTI.”
(Oh Goddess, when you are pleased you remove all ailments and when you are angry you destory everything that a person desires for. However, Those, who come to you for sanctuary never have to confr…

Deepavali Poojan Ki Samagri : List of items for Diwali (Lakshmi) Puja

Following is the list of important materials (samagri) required to perform Maha Lakshmi Pujan, Ganesh Puja, Navagrah Puja, Shodashmatruka Puja, MahaKaali Puja, Maha Sarswati Puja, Kuber Puja, Tula Maan and Deepavali Puja .

Diwali - Lakshmi Pujan Items



Quick Short List of Laxmi Puja Samagri – My Favourite



Also Read: Diwali - Laxmi Pujan Muhurat

Alternate long list of Puja Essential :

1. मूर्तियां - Ganesh & Lakshmi Idols

2. सिक्के - Gold and/or Silver coin embossed with picture of Goddess Lakshmi, new Currency notes

3. वस्त्र - New cloth for Laxmi & Ganeshji

4. चौकियां

5. Cash Register/Accounts Books

6. Coins' Bag

7. Pen

8. Ink Pot (Black)

9. थालियां 3

10. धूप (Dhoop , Agarbati)

11. Pure Ghee, Curd, Honey, Pure Water ( Ganga Jal)

12. पंचाम्रत (Mixture of Milk, Curd, Honey, Sugar, Ghee)

13. हल्दी चूना (Turmeric Powder)

14. रोली  (Kalawaa), अत्तर - (Scent)

15. कलश (Kalash), 2 mtr white and red cloth (each)

16. गमछा handy towel

17. कर्पूर, नरीयल (coconut with water) and गोला

18. …