5 Small But Important Things To Observe In Diwali 2018

What is Diwali and why is it celebrated?

What is Diwali?

Deewali or Deepawali word derived from Deep means light and Ali mean ignite hence the word Diwali or Deepawali mean remove the darkness and ignorance of life and create light of wisdom and happiness.

Why Diwali is celebrated?

Diwali is celebrated not only in India but now across the globe and it is marked as a New Calendar Year of every businessman (s) especially in Gujarat, Rajasthan.

In the Old Era in Hindus, it was celebrated not only by the business community but also by every Hindus in Hindustan ( old name of modern India ). Later this new year gets celebrated in Chaitra Navratri ( Somewhere Between March – April of Christian Era).

Then came Muslim Era by the invasion of Mughals which ruled INDIA for 200-300 years and finally Christian Era come with the invasion of East India Company through which we marked the Calendar Year as January 1st as a New Year.

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Why Diwali is called the festival of light?

Also, Diwali is celebrated with lots of enthusiasm and happiness because it considered as Festival of Light and to get the blessing of Lord of Wealth and Prosperity – Goddess Mahalaxmi.

Hence Diwali is the main festival of wealth and knowledge for Hindus. Therefore Diwali as a festival of light starts with Ashwin Krishna Paskya  Dwadasi– mean in the Vedic Hindu month of Ashwin on 12th Day – known as Wagh Baras and complete on Bhai Dooj – 2nd Day of New Year.

Another saying and believe that Diwali is celebrated with Ram Ravan War wherein Lord Rama defeated Ravana in battle and come to Ayodhya after 14 years of Vanwaas but it does not make clear to me as Ram Navami comes to Chaitra Navratri which come in March April.

 

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What are those important dates of Diwali or Deepawali?

As mentioned above Diwali not only to be considered only one-day festival but it is a 5-day festival which consists of following.

Wagh Baras – Sunday 4th November 2018

Dhanteras Or Kartiki Trayodashi – Monday 5th November 2018

Narak Chaturdashi – Tuesday – 6th November 2018

Diwali /Deepawali – Wednesday -7th November 2018

New Year Fest/Govardhan Pooja – Thursday – 8th November 2018

Bhai Dooj – Friday -9th November 2018

 

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5 Small But Important Things To Observe In Diwali 2018

 

 

Wagh Baras: Sunday 4th November 2018

Time: Whole Night – Ahoratri Or Early morning 4 am – 6 am

Also known as Ashwin Krishna Dwadashi – 12th Day of Ashwin month wherein it is considered as Day of Durga Swaroop – Goddess Saraswati. Hence the word wagh mean Vath OR Wakh Devi ( Goddess of  Word ) is said to Saraswati because Wakdevi is also sometimes said to Goddess Saraswati.

Hence on this day of Wakh/Wagh Baras, one should offer pray to Saraswati to get bless with spiritual and material knowledge and wisdom which helps us in attaining our goal and vision.

 

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Wakh Baras Pooja Vidhan

  • One Should take bath in an early morning in Brahma muhurta 4 am – 6 am in the morning and wear new clothes preferably white colour clothes. Girls and women should wear white saree and Men should wear White Dhouti with Kurta.
  • Sit on Asana or Mat having white colour facing East/North Direction.
  • Take a wooden plank place in front and keep white colour cloth ( new).
  • Place Goddess Saraswati Pic/Idol
  • Perform Pancho-upachar Pooja
  • Panchoupachar Poojan consists of – Ganda ( Kumkum/saffron), Aksath ( Rice – ideally take Basmati Rice ) because aksath mean without any breakage – hence one should take those rice which is not broken into 2 parts. Puspha means flowers ( here in Saraswati Pooja take white flowers), Dhoop ( Scent Agarbati), Deep ( light cow ghee ) and Naivediya ( Prasadam ) here offer white milk prasadam to Goddess Saraswati.
  • Now take Sankalp in either in Sanskrit or any language.
  • Sankalp is a mutual agreement between the deity and the worshipper just like we make the business deal and written documentation when we deal with 2 people similarly Sankalp is done in ritual wherein we bind the deity to offer his/her blessing by doing their Mantra Chanting/Stotram.
  • Now chant – Ganesha Mantra – Om Gum Ganapatye Namah – One Mala wherein 1 mala 108 times
  • Now chant – Guru Or Shiva Mantra – Om Guruve Namah OR GUM – One Mala again
  • Now chant – Saraswati Mantra – Om Saraswatye Namah – 11 Mala.
  • After the pooja and chanting of the mantra, offer Namaskar Mudra to Deity
  • Also, take the blessing of your elders – Parents and Grandparent by touching their feet.

 

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5 Small but Important things to Observe in Diwali 2018

 

Dhanteras Or Ashwin Trayodashi – Monday 5th November 2018

Time: 05: 41 pm to 08: 17 pm – Pradosh Kaal

Dhanteras is the 13th Day – the Lunar day of Ashwin month of Hindu Vedic Calendar wherein people worship Goddess Mahalaxmi/Laxmi and get bless with wealth and prosperity for entire fiscal year and life.

Why Dhanteras is celebrated?

Dhanteras as it is derived from the word – Dhan means wealth and Teras mean 13th Lunar day of Ashwin Month. Hence on this day, Lord of wealth & Prosperity was born during Samudra Manthan.

During Samundra Manthan not only Laxmi but also 18 other important Gems ( Ratnas ) derived from Samudra Manthan ( it is procedure wherein churning of the sea ) which produces 19 gems from the sea itself.

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Hence on Dhanteras, one should worship Goddess Laxmi to bless with Gems of knowledge and get become goal orientation.

Because Dhanteras is celebrated with a Science of Goal Setting behind performing the ritual of Dhanteras Pooja. Hence before doing mantra chanting of Laxmi, one has to take Sankalp ( wherein one has to take water in right hand and recited Sankalp Mantra ) wherein s/he take wow that s/he will take a target of the whole year and complete it at any cost.

Also, the word “Laxmi” derived as Lakshya ( target ) and Me ( self). mean one who achieves the target is known as Laxmi or Shri/ Shree. Hence we see in Hindu – in older days and even today people used to say Shriman Rajiv ( whereas Shriman means one who achieve the target and name fame to be deserving candidature for wealth – Laxmi ).

Many Medico/Medical Practitioner /Doctors and Surgeon especially Ayurvedic Practitioners perform Dhanvantri Pooja ( Lord Dhanvantri is said to be FATHER OF MEDICINE ) and it is also marked as Birthday of Lord Dhanvantri. One should also pray and recite Dhanvantri Mantra – 1 Mala ( given below)

Dhanteras Poojan Procedure is given below

Dhanteras Pooja Vidhan  -Monday 5th November 2018  

Time : 6: 20 pm to 8:17 pm

  • One Should take bath in a night and wear new clothes preferably yellow colour clothes. Girls and women should wear yellow saree and Men should wear Yellow Dhouti with Kurta.
  • Sit on Asana or Mat having yellow colour facing East/North Direction.
  • Take a wooden plank place in front and keep white colour cloth ( new).
  • Place Goddess Mahalaxmi Pic/Idol
  • Perform Pancho-upachar Pooja
  • Panchoupachar Poojan consists of – Ganda ( Kumkum/saffron), Aksath ( Rice – ideally take Basmati Rice ) because aksath mean without any breakage – hence one should take those rice which is not broken into 2 parts. Puspha mean flowers ( here in Saraswati Pooja take white flowers), Dhoop ( Scent Agarbati), Deep ( light cow ghee ) and Naivediya ( Prasadam ) here offer white/ yellow prasadam to Goddess Mahalaxmi
  • Now take Sankalp in either in Sanskrit or any language.
  • In Sankalp one should say as : I ( says your Name ) – xyz Gotra ( in case you don’t know the gotra ) says Bhardwaj Gotra, son/daughter/wife of XYZ performing Dhanteras Pooja to get blessing of Laxmi and also I will take wow that I will complete xyz work in certain timeline.
  • Now chant – Ganesha Mantra – Om Gum Ganapatye Namah – One Mala wherein 1 mala 108 times
  • Now chant – Guru Or Shiva Mantra – Om Guruve Namah OR GUM – One Mala again
  • Now chant – Mahalaxmi – Om Shreem Var Varad Shreem Om – 11 Mala.
  • Dhanvantari Mantra: OM Dhan Dhanavantryai Namah.
  • ॐ धं धन्वन्तरियै नमः
  • After the pooja and chanting of the mantra, offer Namaskar Mudra to Deity
  • Also, take the blessing of your elders – Parents and Grandparent by touching their feet.

Many devotees like to pray God of Treasury – Lord Kuber hence for those people who would like offer pray to Kuber, mantra given below.

Kuber Mantra – Om Yakshay Kubershay Vaishnav-vaay Dhan Dhanaay Adhi Pataatay Samrudhi De Daapay Swaha – “ॐ यक्षाय कुबेराय वैश्रवणाय धन-धान्य अधिपतये धन-धान्य समृद्धि मे देहि दापय स्वाहा।

OR

Om Kleem Kuberaaya Kleem Namah -ॐ क्लीं कुबेराय क्लीं नमः

It is said one should offer prayers to Yama – Lord of Death on the day of Dhanteras. Hence one may offer to pray by facing towards a south direction, sit on Asian and light 11 oil lamp for Yamadevta and chant below said mantra for either 11/21/51 or 108 times.

Deep Daan mantra – Mrityunaa Dand Paasha-Bhaam Kalen Shya-myaa Saha I Dhanotrayodashyam Deep Daanath Surya Jaha Prayataam Mama ll

दीपदान का मंत्र – मृत्युना दंड पाशा भ्याम्‌ कालेन श्यामया सह। त्रयोदश्यां दीपदानात्‌ सूर्यजः प्रयतां मम।

 

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5 Small but Important things to Observe in Diwali 2018

 

 

Narak Chaturdashi – Tuesday 6th November 2018

Time : 11:57 pm to 1:48 am

Narak Chaturdashi also known as a Badra Chaturdashi. This Day is dedicated to Goddess Kali as she is considered as an auspicious deity for remove hurdles in devotee life hence one should perform Kali Mantra or Dhumavati Mantra on Narak Chaturdashi.

In Tamil Nadu , Diwali is celebrated on Narak Chaturdashi.

One should not get scared by the outer appearance of Goddess Kali, she has appeared in a horrible manner just to make your enemies ( internal enemies scare). Internal enemies are Kaam ( Lust), Krodha ( Anger), Lobha ( Greed), Moha (Attachment ) and Aham ( Ego).

By doing the chanting of said mantra the person gets internal purification and a cleansing process start which make his vision clear for next year.

Narak Chaturdashi Pooja Vidhan

  • One Should take bath in the night and wear new clothes preferably black or red colour clothes. Girls and women should wear black or red saree and Men should wear black or red colour Dhouti with Kurta.
  • Sit on Asana or Mat having yellow colour facing East/North Direction.
  • Take a wooden plank place in front and keep black or red colour cloth ( new).
  • Place Goddess Mahakali Pic/Idol
  • Perform Pancho-upachar Pooja
  • Panchoupachar Poojan consists of – Ganda ( Kumkum/saffron), Aksath ( Rice – ideally take Basmati Rice ) because aksath mean without any breakage – hence one should take those rice which is not broken into 2 parts. Puspha mean flowers ( here in Saraswati Pooja take white flowers), Dhoop ( Scent Agarbati), Deep ( light cow ghee ) and Naivediya ( Prasadam ) here offer white /yellow prasadam to Goddess Mahakali
  • Now take Sankalp in either in Sanskrit or any language.
  • In Sankalp, one should say as I ( says your Name ) – xyz Gotra ( in case you don’t know the gotra ) says Bhardwaj Gotra, son/daughter/wife of XYZ performing Narakchaturdashi /Kali Pooja to get the blessing of Kali.
  • Now chant – Ganesha Mantra – Om Gum Ganapatye Namah – One Mala wherein 1 mala 108 times
  • Now chant – Guru Or Shiva Mantra – Om Guruve Namah OR GUM – One Mala again
  • Now chant – Kali Or Dhumavati Mantra
  • Kali Mantra : Klim
  • Dhoomaavati Mantra: Dhoom Dhoom Dhoomavati Thaha Thaha.
  • धूं धूं धूमावती ठह ठह

 

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5 Small but Important things to Observe in Diwali 2018

Diwali Day – Wednesday  7th November 2018

Time for Chopda Poojan

Morning : 6:39 am to 9:25 am, 10:48 am to 12: 10 am

Afternoon : 2:56 pm to 06:42 pm

Evening : 07:19 pm to 9: 31 pm

Generally on Dhanteras Businessmen/ Entrepreneurs purchased new Account Book on this day and offer prayers to Account Book hence Chopda here refer as to Account Book.

Businessmen/women should sit in his office.

Take New Chopda and offer KumKum ( mixed with water and make a paste ) and draw Swastik with Shubh Labh in Hindi.

Chant Laxmi Mantra or perform Laxmi Havan on this auspicious day.

After 3 Days of Celebration and get bless with Trishakti, it is said to perform and celebrate Diwali by Laxmi Pooja. Hence without wasting your time, I am giving you the complete procedure for Diwali Pooja

Hence Diwali is known as Festival of Light wherein human does a cleansing of mind body and soul and prepare for upcoming fiscal year and life ahead.

 

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Diwali Pooja Vidhan – Monday  7th November 2018

Lakshmi Puja Muhurta = 18:12 to 20:10

Pradosh Kaal = 17:41 to 20:17

Vrishabha Kaal = 18:12 to 20:10

  • One Should take bath in the night and wear new clothes preferably yellow colour clothes. Girls and women should wear yellow saree and Men should wear Yellow Dhouti with Kurta.
  • Sit on Asana or Mat having yellow colour facing East/North Direction.
  • Take a wooden plank place in front and keep white/yellow colour cloth ( new).
  • Place Goddess Mahalaxmi Pic/Idol
  • Perform Pancho-upachar Pooja
  • Panchoupachar Poojan consists of – Ganda ( Kumkum/saffron), Aksath ( Rice – ideally take Basmati Rice ) because aksath mean without any breakage – hence one should take those rice which is not broken into 2 parts.
  • Puspha mean flowers ( here in Saraswati Pooja take white flowers), Dhoop ( Scent Agarbati), Deep ( light cow ghee ) and Naivediya ( Prasadam ) here offer white /yellow prasadam to Goddess Mahalaxmi
  • Now take Sankalp in either in Sanskrit or any language.
  • In Sankalp one should say as : I ( says your Name ) – xyz Gotra ( in case you don’t know the gotra ) says Bhardwaj Gotra, son/daughter/wife of XYZ performing Dhanteras Pooja to get blessing of Laxmi and also I will take wow that I will complete xyz work in certain timeline.
  • Now chant – Ganesha Mantra – Om Gum Ganapatye Namah – One Mala wherein 1 mala 108 times
  • Now chant – Guru Or Shiva Mantra – Om Guruve Namah OR GUM – One Mala again
  • Now chant – Mahalaxmi Mantra
  • Mahalaxmi Mantra:
  • OM Shreem Hreem Shreem Kamaley Kamalaalaye Praseeda Praseeda Shreem Hreem Shreem OM Mahalaxmyai NamaH.
  • ॐ श्रीं ह्रीं श्रीं कमले कमलालये प्रसीद प्रसीद श्रीं ह्रीं श्रीं ॐ महालक्ष्म्यै नमः

 

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New Year Day /Govardhan Pooja: (8th November 2018)

Time: 6:45 AM to 08:57 AM

3:32 PM to 5:43 PM

Pratipada Tithi Begins = 9:31 PM on 7th November 2018

Pratipada Tithi Ends = 9:07 PM on 8th November 2018

In New Year People also celebrate with Govardhan Pooja – Shri Krishna Pooja also refer as Annakut Pooja.

On this auspicious day Indian especially Krishna devotees goes to Vrindavan and offer prayers to Mountain Govardhan and do Govardhan Pooja and Krishna Pooja.

As it is said once Shri Krishna asks farmer and people of Vrindavan to pray Indra ( God of Rain ) hence in anger Indra send down continuous rain for 7 days.

Krishna lifted whole Govardhan Parvat on his little finger for 7 days. Post the episode women of Vrindavan prepare 56 types of Dishes for Krishna which he ate in 8 meal.

Thus Govardhan Pooja started from Dwapar Yuga.

One should chant if want – Shri Krishna Mantra

Mantra – Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare

Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare

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Bhai Dooj – Friday -9th November 2018

Bhai Dooj is celebrated on this 5th Day of this festival in a northern part of India. In some region of Maharashtra and Haryana, it is also celebrated. On this day Sister invites their brother to their home and make delicious food of their choice, put red tika ( kumkum or saffron), perform aarti and offer gifts.

This ritual is performed to create good bonding between siblings plus it is also done for health and wealthier life of brother and sister. Like sister brother also offers gifts and blessing to their sister.

In Maharashtra and Haryana, those who don’t have the brother they considered Moon as their brother and even apply saffron and kumkum to girls as well.

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Wish you and your family Happy Diwali.

Nirav Hiingu

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