Per Hindu epic Ramayana, it is considered that on this day, Lord Rama returned from a 14-year separation time along with brother Lakshman and wife Sita after killing demon king Ravana in Lanka.
Diwali is the celebration of lights, celebrated across India and the world by the Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and some Buddhists. Diwali signifies the spiritual “triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.” Per Hindu epic Ramayana, it is believed that on this day, Lord Rama returned from a 14-year exile period along with brother Lakshman and wife Sita after killing demon king Ravana in Lanka. The day when Ravana was killed is commended as Dussehra in India and after 10 days, the favorable celebration of Diwali is praised. As it is the day of Amavasya or new moon, homes are lit up in the night. On this day, Lakshmi Pujan is likewise performed to pay tribute to the progenitors. Devotees keep day-long fast and open it after Puja at night. Diwali is a public holiday. The day preceding Diwali is Choti Diwali, which is praised a day after Dhanteras. It is likewise called Naraka Chaturdashi.
Diwali Date in 2019:
- Chhoti Diwali Date: Naraka Chaturdashi is on October 26, Saturday
- Badi Diwali Date: Deepavali is on October 27, Sunday
Diwali is the five days celebration period which starts on Dhanteras and finishes on Bhaiya Dooj.
Know 5 Days of Diwali Festival:
- On October 25, Friday – Dhanteras
- On October 26, Saturday – Hanuman Puja or Chhoti Diwali
- On October 27, Sunday – Lakshmi Puja, Diwali
- On October 28, Monday – Govardhan Puja
- On October 29, Tuesday – Bhaiya Dooj
How everyone celebrate Diwali
- The homes are spring-cleaned and it is additionally called “Diwali ki safai”. It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi enters homes on this day; so unusual cleaning is done to respect her into the house.
- Strings of little lights or electric bulbs are put in the overhangs or inside the homes for adornment.
- Marigold blossoms, Ashoka, mango and banana leaves are used to adorn homes and workplaces.
- Gifts are traded on this day among the relatives and companions.
- Diwali Puja or Lakshmi Puja is performed on this day at night.
Know Lakshmi Puja Muhurat or Diwali Puja Timings:
- Lakshmi Puja, Lakshmi-Ganesh Pujastarts at 6:42 pm to 8:12 pm
- Duration of Diwali Puja or Lakshmi Puja –1 Hour 30 Minutes
The most favorable time for Diwali Puja is after nightfall which is called pradosh.
- Pradosh Kaal timings –5:36 pm to 8:12 pm
- Vrishabha Kaal timings –6:42 pm to 8:38 pm
- Amavasya Tithi Begins –12:23 pm on October 27, 2019Amavasya Tithi Ends- 9:08 am on October 28, 2019
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