Deepawali is a five-day long festival, out of which the third day is considered as Diwali when diyas are lit around homes, fireworks and crackers are burst, and people adorned in new clothing visit their loved ones and exchange gifts and sweets. This is also the day when people worship Goddess Laxmi by having a Laxmi Puja in their home.
Diwali falls on the fifteenth day of the Kartik month, which is the day of ‘Amawasya’. It is considered the most auspicious day of the year for Hindus. This is because as per Hindu belief, Diwali marks the return of Lord Rama, along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman, from 14 years of exile. Another mythology is that Diwali was the day when Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi got married, which is why Goddess Laxmi is worshipped on this day.
The Laxmi Puja begins with worshipping Lord Ganesha – the remover of obstacles. Then Goddess Laxmi is worshipped in her three forms – Mahalaxmi (Goddess of wealth and prosperity), Mahasaraswati (Goddess of knowledge), and Mahakali. Kubera, the treasurer of Gods is also worshipped on this day. Along with the idols, people also place gold and silver coins and money in the puja. The Laxmi Puja comprises of offering haldi, kumkum, abeer, gulal, ittar, flowers and prasad to the idols and singing aarti followed by lighting candles and diyas around the home to remove all sort of darkness and bring in light.
These lamps and candles are lit in honour of the sacred memories of those great men who brightened the lives of millions of their fellow beings. These great men were –
Lord Shri Krishna – who taught Arjun the lessons of the Bhagwad Geeta on the battleground of Kurukshetra, and left his body.
Lord Mahavir – the founder of Jainism, who also attained nirvana on this auspicious day.
Swami Dayanand Saraswati – the founder of Arya Samaj in 1875 in Mumbai, who merged with divinity on this day after freeing his soul from his body through Yogic powers.
Swami Ramtirth – the ‘Ram Badhshah’ of millions of Indians, who was born on this day as well as took to sanyas
on this day too.
So from this year onwards, make sure you light lamps around your home while remembering to pay reverence to these four great men without fail. To worship Goddess Laxmi on this day so that she showers you with great success and prosperity, make sure you book MakeMyPuja Pandits to help you carry out the Laxmi Puja with perfection so that every tiny aspect of the Puja is taken care of.