Celebrating the joyous occasion of Lord Rama’s return to Ayodhya, Deepawali or Diwali falls on the Krishna Paksha Amavasya of the Hindu month of Kartik. Having garnered love from all over the world, the festival is lauded by one and all as they revere the victory of good over evil.
On this day Lord Vishnu rescued and freed the Goddess Lakshmi and other devta from the captivity of demon King, Bali. With the grace of Maa Lakshmi, one gets blessed with grace, luxury, and wealth in life.
On the day of Deepawali, Lakshmi Pujan is performed with utmost reverence to attain material wealth & comforts in life. Wherever the goddess resides, prosperity & happiness follows suit.
As per some legends, it is believed that the day of Diwali marks the night of Pitru dev’s return, so it is a custom to light a diya so that the ancestors do not deviate from the path. Bookkeepers also change their finance books on the day of Diwali and assign new ones.
Diwali Date & Muhurat in 2020
Deepawali in 2020 will fall on 14th November 2020. Lord Ganesha & Goddess Lakshmi are worshipped on the day of Diwali.
Diwali in 2021 will be celebrated on 4th November.
Lakshmi Puja Muhurat in 2020
Lakshmi Puja on Saturday, November 14, 2020
Lakshmi Puja Muhurat - 05:28 PM to 07:24 PM
Duration - 01 Hour 56 Mins
Pradosh Kaal - 05:28 PM to 08:07 PM
Vrishabha Kaal - 05:28 PM to 07:24 PM
Amavasya Tithi Begins - 02:17 PM on Nov 14, 2020
Amavasya Tithi Ends - 10:36 AM on Nov 15, 2020
As per mythological beliefs, Goddess Lakshmi visits and blesses her devotees with utmost happiness and wealth & prosperity while fulfilling all their wishes. Deepawali or Diwali is also called the festival of lights, coming straight from the words, ‘Deep’ and ‘aawali’, which means a line of lamps. According to Astrology, taking some measures according to your zodiac sign on this day brings wealth, happiness and prosperity in life.
Economic Importance of Deepawali
Following the economic trends of the market, it can be said that Diwali is equivalent to the festival of Christmas in the western countries. The festival of Diwali marks a major shopping period in India. People invest in not just clothes and new fancy items for their houses, gold, diamond, and silver jewellery markets also experience a surge. Since Goddess Lakshmi is the deity presiding over material wealth & prosperity, Diwali is an auspicious time to make these purchases and invest in small & big purchases alike.
When is Diwali celebrated?!
In the Hindu month of Kartik, Diwali is celebrated when Pradosh Kall falls on an Amavasya. If Amavasya Tithi does not fall on Pradosh Kaal for two days, then the rule dictates that Diwali must be celebrated on the second day, which is the most prevalent & valid argument till date.
If Amavasya Tithi does not come for two days in Pradosh Kaal, then in such a situation Diwali should be celebrated on the first day.
If Amavasya Tithi somehow does not fall and Pratipada starts directly after Chaturdashi, then the rule states that Diwali must be celebrated on Chaturdashi Tithi on the first day.
Shubh Muhurat for Laxmi Pujan on Diwali in 2020:
Laxmi Puja Muhurat: 05:31 P.M. to 07:26 P.M.
Duration: 1 Hour 55 minutes
Pradosh Kaal: 05:27:41 P.M. to 08:06:58 P.M.
Vrishabha Kaal: 05:30:04 P.M. to 07:25:54 PM.
Mahanishita Kaal: 11:39 PM to 12:32 AM, Nov 15
Simha Kaal: 11:59 PM to 02:16 AM, Nov 15
Amavasya Tithi Begins: 02:17 PM on Nov 14, 2020
Amavasya Tithi Ends: 10:36 AM on Nov 15, 2020
When to Perform the Laxmi Puja on Diwali?!
Maa Lakshmi should be worshipped during the Pradosh Kaal (i.e. three Muhurats after the sun has set). It is considered best to worship in stable ascendant during the Pradosh period. During the time when ascendant is posited in the Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, or Aquarius zodiacs- Goddess Lakshmi must be revered in order to gain her maximum blessings.
Because of the stable nature of these four zodiac signs, it is considered highly auspicious to worship Maa Lakshmi in this duration. It is believed that if worship is done at the time of stable ascendant, then Goddess Lakshmi visits the household of her devotee and stays as a part of the family while showering her utmost blessings.
Worshipping the Goddess is also important during the Mahanishith period, but this duration is more suitable for Tantrics, Pandits and seekers of the nether world. During this time frame, the devotees worship Maa Kali. Apart from this, people who have an understanding about Mahanishith period can also worship during this time.
Laxmi Pujan Vidhi on Diwali
On the auspicious day of Deepawali, Goddess Laxmi & Lord Ganesha are said to visit the household of their devotees. As per the scriptures, the deities themselves come upon this earth and visit each & every house of their devotees to bless them with good fortune & all the comforts that they wish for in life.
Days prior to Diwali, people start cleaning their houses & sorting out their junk to make the deities visit pleasant. It is believed that Goddess Laxmi resides in a house which is neath & tidy and lets light enter every nook & corner. Along with Lakshmi Ganesh Puja on Diwali, Kuber Puja is also performed to get abundance of wealth & comforts in life.
On the day of Diwali, clean the house before Lakshmi Pujan and sprinkle Ganga water for purification and purity of the atmosphere throughout the house. In order to beautify your house, you can also make Rangoli and decorate with lights and diyas to make your place aesthetically pleasing.
Place a red cloth at the altar and put the idols of Laxmi & ganesh on a pedestal. Place an urn or kalash full of water near the idols.
Put Tilak on the idol of Goddess Lakshmi and Ganesha and offer water, holy red thread, rice, fruits, jaggery, turmeric, abir-gulal etc. Next, light a diya in front of them and fold your hands in the reverence of Lord Ganesha & Goddess Lakshmi.
Along with this, worship Goddess Saraswati, Maa Kali, Lord Vishnu and Kubera Dev while welcoming them in your house & family.
After Mahalakshmi Pujan, worship the vault, finance books, business related notes & your occupation.
As per the scriptures, Mahalakshmi Pujan should be done with the entire family and never alone.
After worshipping the idols, distribute sweets & prasad amongst the family members and exchange gifts.
Important Things to Note on Diwali Pujan
On the day of Diwali Puja, one must have a bath in the early hours of the morning after massaging the body with oil. It is believed that doing so protects one against loss of monetary wealth.
On Diwali, food should only be consumed by the children & elderly. A fast must be observed by the others and food must only be consumed after the Mahalakshmi Pujan in the evening.
Worship ancestors on Deepawali whilst lighting incense & diyas. It is believed that in order to help your ancestors attain moksha, one must light lamps and diyas to show them the path towards light & peace and salvation.
A night prior to Diwali, men and women must celebrate the joyous occasion by singing songs, prayers, and hymns in the praise of the lord. It is said that by doing so, one can get rid of all vices at home and attain the ultimate bliss of a happy life.
Astrological Aspect of Diwali
Every festival has an astrological significance in Hinduism. It is believed that the direction of planets and special yoga on various festivals and events play a crucial role in deciding the fate of the human populace. No matter how auspicious or inauspicious these festivals are, Vedic Astrology has a way to predict what it brings forth due to its amalgamation with the planetary transits & conjunctions.
In Hindu society, the festival of Deepawali is considered highly auspicious to start any new business venture or task. Purchase of a new vehicle, or a property is also considered auspicious in this time duration.
According to Astrology, planet Sun and Moon are situated in the Swati Nakshatra in Libra zodiac sign around Deepawali. As per Vedic astrology, this position of Sun and Moon in this particular Nakshatra bestows one with auspicious results. Libra is a balanced zodiac sign which represents justice and impartiality. Venus, the lord of Libra zodiac sign is itself a factor of harmony, brotherhood, mutual love and respect.
Due to these spectacular qualities, the presence of both Sun and Moon in the Libra zodiac sign is a happy and auspicious coincidence. Deepawali has special significance both spiritually and socially. In Hindu philosophy, Deepawali is said to be a celebration of the inner light on spiritual darkness, the victory of knowledge over ignorance, and truth on the face of all that’s ungodly & evil in this world.
Diwali is a time to cherish love & togetherness. 2020 has been a hard year for everyone. Show your family and loved ones this Deepawali, but do not forget yourself. Be compassionate & kind towards everyone, because at the end of the day we don’t know what kind of battle they are fighting for.
Future Point wishes its entire family of readers, a happy & prosperous Deepawali. May your house be filled with love, light, warmth & jolly laughter throughout the year!