One of the most anticipated festivals in India, Diwali is almost here. Also known as the festival of lights, Diwali also signifies an important occasion for worshipping Goddess Lakshmi. This year, the day will be celebrated on November 14.
Hindus worship Goddess Lakshmi and offer their prayers for wealth and prosperity on this day. After the puja, people light diyas and exchange sweets and gifts among families, friends, and relatives.
Lakshmi Puja 2020: Date and Tithi
This year Lakshmi Puja will be celebrated on Saturday, November 14, 2020. The Amavasya tithi begins at 02:17 pm on November 14, 2020, and ends at 10:36 am on November 15, 2020. The timing for Lakshmi Pujan this year, according to drikpanchang, should be done during Pradosh Kaal which starts after sunset and lasts nearly for 2 hours and 24 minutes. The auspicious time for Lakshmi puja is from 05:28 pm to 07:24 pm.
Pradosh Kaal: 05:28 pm to 08:07 pm
Vrishabha Kaal: 05:28 pm to 07:24 pm
Lakshmi Puja 2020: Significance
Diwali's main association is thought to be with the return of Lord Rama and Sita after 14 years of exile, which is mentioned in the epic Ramayana. Some also celebrate it as the day of the return of Pandavas after 12 years of exile and a year of agyatvas.
In South India, Diwali marks the victory of good over evil as Lord Krishna, an avatar of Lord Vishnu, defeated the demon Narakasur. Lakshmi Puja is also done in some parts of the country because it is believed that Diwali marks the celebration of Goddess Lakshmi’s wedding with Lord Vishnu. Some legends also say that Goddess Laxmi was born on the full moon day of Kartik, and that is why we celebrate the day.
Lakshmi Puja 2020: Puja Vidhi
Lakshmi puja is performed in the evening during the Pradosh Kaal. A holy bath is given to the idol of Lakshmi and the images of Ganesh, Maa Sarawsati and Lord Kuber are installed on a pedestal and worshipped together. Some people also worship Lord Krishna and goddess Kali on this day, especially in South India. The most important aspect of Diwali is lighting lamps and placing them around the house.
At the time of writing this copy, team India need 200 odd runs in nearly 53 overs with nine batsmen in search of greatness. The 4th Test in Brisbane can still tilt in favour of the hosts, but to me, India is already the winner.
India came to Gabba. India saw. India conquered.
Everyone loves an underdog, almost always. There is an extra charm in winning a battle against all odds. That’s what is happening in the otherwise simplistic world of instant messaging apps, that you probably wasted a lot of time on every day but didn’t bother much about them beyond that. One PR debacle after another in quick succession for WhatsApp, no wonder its data guzzling habits are very much in focus of a large demographic of WhatsApp users around the world. Nothing that WhatsApp has done in the past few days has helped the user confidence, which has been shaken. It is no surprise then that WhatsApp users are downloading Telegram and Signal instant messaging apps, and in such large numbers that Signal has been the top downloaded app on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for quite a few days now, and Telegram is close behind on both platforms too.
On the 92nd birth anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr, on January 15, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) shared a breathtaking picture of his hometown Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Captioning the picture, NASA quoted the American civil rights movement leader and wrote, "Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” NASA further wrote that they are honouring the legacy of the American Baptist minister with this stunning image of his birthplace from space, spreading the light amidst the dark of night.
Sun Rise Today At:07:14:31
Today's Tithi:Shasti - Up To 11:00:27
Today's Nakshatra:Uttara Bhadrapada - Up To 09:54:52
Today's Karan: Tetil - Up To 11:00:27 , Gar - Up To 24:05:17
Today's Yoga:Shiv - Up To 18:46:59