The word Diwali has originated from Deepavali. Deepavali comes from deep (lamp) and avali (row). Deepavali is thus a row of lamps. Apart from being the festival of lights, Diwali is also when we remember and worship various Deities like Shriram, Shri Lakshmi, Dhanwantari, Yama.

When Lord Ram returned to Ayodhya after completing fourteen years in exile, His subjects celebrated by lighting lamps. Since then, the festival of Deepavali has been celebrated. In 2023, Diwali will be celebrated between 10th and 14th of Novermber. In some places, festivities begin one day prior, on Vasubaras and end on Bhaiyaduj or Yamadwitiya, a day later. Some exclude Dhantrayodashi (Dhanteras) and consider only the remaining three days as Diwali.

Things to do on this occasion

As far as festivities go, Diwali is associated with a few major observances. Ritualistic bath (or Abhyangsnan) early in the morning, worshipping of Shri Lakshmi devi and Kuber (which is now become commercialised in the share market as Muhurta Trading), and fireworks. Each of these are explained here with the entire Shri Lakshmi Kuber Puja ritual explained with mantras and their meanings for you to perform the puja by yourself at home or your office.

Diwali puja of Shri Lakshmi and Kuber
Ritualistic worship of
Shri Lakshmi-Kuber
Chant of Mahalakshmi Devi
Audio – Chant of
Deity Mahalakshmidevi

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Importance of Diwali Days

It is celebrated on four consecutive days – Dhanatrayodashi (the thirteenth day of the dark fortnight of Ashwin), Narak Chaturdashi (the fourteenth day), Lakshmi-puja (the new moon day of the dark fortnight of Ashwin) and Balipratipada (the first day of the bright fortnight of Kartik). Each day has its own significance which is outlined here.

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