‘DEEPAVALI’, as always celebrated in the honor of Goddess Laxmi with a great devotion has again reached at knocking at our doors. As for each of us this festival is celebrated with great joy and enthusiasm. This festive day has been always celebrated by all whether rich or poor, young or old that too with a great happiness.
“Siddhi Buddhipraday Devi Bhuktimuktipradayeenee
Mantramurtay Sada Devi Mahalaxmi Namostutay”
“Aadhantarhitay Devi Adhshakti Maheshwari
Yogajay Yogasambhutay Mahalaxmi Namostutay”
“Sthulsuksmay Maharodray Mahashakti Mahodray
Mahapaapharay Devi Mahalaxmi Namostutay”
“Padnasaanstithay Devi Parbrahmaswaroopeene
Parmashree Jaganmatra Mahalaxmi Namostutay”
On this special eve the people use to lighten diyas, candles and decorate their house with lots of decorative assortments. Some likes to decorate their house with flowers and makes Rangoli which is the most attractive ones. In the evening people worship Goddess Laxmi, burst crackers as well sweetens each other’s mouth with delicious sweets.
According to the legends “Laxmi” the Goddess of wealth, was incarnated on the amaavasyaa (new moon day) of the Kartik month. This took place during the samudra-manthan (churning of the ocean) and for this reason there is an association between Diwali and Lakshmi. Since that day Goddess Laxmi is worshiped as the symbol of wealth and prosperity. Our ancestors used to say that on this very day Lord Vishnu saved Goddess Lakshmi from the prison of king bali who was a Demon and for this reason the people worship Goddess Lakshmi on the day of Diwali. This day has many other remembrance too as on this day Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana and on the same day Sri Krishna killed the demon Narakasura.
Diwali is celebrated for five days. On the first day which is called as ‘Dhanteras’ people buy jewellery, silver and gold coins while on the second day which is called as the Roop Chaudas people takes bath with uptan. The Diwali day or the third day people worship idols of Ganesha and Lakshmi which is also known as Lakshmi Puja. In Bengal people worship Goddess Kali.
This festival is enjoyed by the entire elder and the younger ones by blooming the Sky with crackers. The amavasya night turns to Purnima with the lights of diyas. According to Hindu calendar the fourth day is celebrated as New Year while on the fifth day the Bhaiya dhuj is celebrated which is dedicated for the love between a brother and a sister.
Enjoy your Diwali with lots of fun and merry making but be careful while bursting crackers. Wish you all a Happy and Prosperous Depawali and Take care.