Diwali is a celebration devoted to Goddess Lakshmi. On this day, worshippers pray to Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and wealth. According to legends, on this day, the Goddess visits her worshippers and bestows gifts on them. The festival of Diwali has a special significance in Hinduism, for it brings happiness and light. According to the Hindu calendar and mythology, Diwali is celebrated on the day of Amavasya of Krishna Paksha in Kartik month.
There isn’t just one reason to celebrate the five-day celebration. The ancient festival is related to a number of tales in religious scriptures. Many of these legends are about how good triumphs against evil. According to Ramayana, Lord Rama, his wife Sita and brother Laxmana finally returned to Ayodhya after spending 14 years in exile and defeating the demon king Raavana. Diwali marks his return to his home.
PUJA VIDHI AND RITUALS OF LAKSHMI PUJA
For Lakshmi puja on Diwali, most Hindu households adorn their homes and workplace with marigold flowers and ashoka, mango, and banana leaves. It is considered auspicious to have Mangalik Kalash topped with unpeeled coconut on both sides of the home’s main doors. Most pujas are traditionally conducted after a day of fasting. As a reason, on the day of Lakshmi puja, devotees hold a day-long fast. After Lakshmi Puja in the evening, the fast is broken.
Singhada, pomegranate, and quince are presented to Goddess Lakshmi during Diwali. During the pooja, Sitaphal is also placed. Sugarcane is also kept at the Puja Sthan. Water chestnuts are said to be Maa Lakshmi’s favorite. As bhog, Goddess Lakshmi receives kesarbhaat, kheer, and halwa.
LAKSHMI PUJA MUHURTA AND TIMINGS
On Deepavali, Lakshmi Puja should be performed during Pradosh Kaal, which begins after sunset and lasts roughly 2 hours and 24 minutes. During Pradosh Kaal, when Sthir Lagna reigns, is the finest time for Lakshmi Puja. Sthir implies “fixed,” as in “not movable.” Lakshmiji will dwell in your home if Lakshmi Puja is performed during Sthir Lagna.
Amavasya Tithi begins on November 4, 2021, at 06:03 a.m.
Amavasya Tithi will end on November 5, 2021, at 02:44 a.m.
Muhurat for Lakshmi Puja – 06:09 PM to 08:04 PM
Duration: 1 hour and 56 minutes
Pradosh Kaal – from 05:34 to 08:10 p.m.