From Vasu Baras, Dhanteras, Naraka Chaturdasi, Lakshmi Puja to Bhai Dooj, Diwali is one of the most anticipated festivals in India.
One of the most auspicious festivals in the country, the festival of lights also signifies an important occasion for worshipping Goddess Lakshmi. This year, the Lakshmi Pujan will be celebrated on November 14. On this day, people worship Goddess Lakshmi and offer prayers for wealth and prosperity. After the puja, people light lamps and exchange sweets and gifts among families and friends.
Diwali's main connotation is believed to be with the return of Lord Rama and Sita after 14 years of exile, which is cited in the epic Ramayana. Some also celebrate it as the day of the return of Pandavas after 12 years of exile.
The festival also 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 nation because it is believed that Diwali marks the celebration of Goddess Lakshmi’s wedding with Lord Vishnu. According to beliefs some also say that Goddess Lakshmi was born on the full moon day of Kartik and that is why we celebrate the day. Lord Ganesha is worshipped at the beginning of every auspicious act as Vighneshvara and he has a place of major importance on this day too.
Lakshmi Puja Muhurat: 05.58 pm to 7.59 pm
Pradosh Kaal: 05:57 pm to 08.30 pm
Vrishabha Kaal: 05.58 pm to 7.59 pm
Amavasya Tithi starts: 02.17 pm
Amavasya Tithi ends: 10.36 am (November 15)