Diwali Puja, or the worship rituals performed during the festival, is a sacred and elaborate tradition that holds immense significance in the hearts of millions. The puja not only celebrates Lord Rama’s return from Lanka after defeating the demon king Ravana (according to the Ramayana), but is also a way of praying for prosperity, luck and good health throughout the year. Diwali Puja begins with thorough cleaning and decoration of the house. A clean and pure environment is essential before embarking on the rituals that have immense cultural significance for the people of India.
Diwali 2023 puja date and time
Diwali Puja is typically performed on the main day of the festival, which falls on the new moon day of the Hindu lunar month of Kartik. The auspicious timing is determined by the Panchang, an ancient Hindu calendar. This year the festival is celebrated on Sunday (November 12).
According to Drik Panchang, Lakshmi Puja muhurat for Diwali 2023 begins at 17.39 and continues until 19.35.
How to perform Diwali Puja
The puja begins with an invocation to Lord Ganesha (according to Hindu beliefs, he is invoked before beginning any auspicious activity), the remover of obstacles, seeking his blessings for a successful and obstacle-free prayer session.
The central deity of Diwali Puja is Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. Devotees pray and seek her blessings for financial well-being. The elders of the house recite sacred mantras and hymns while performing the puja. These chants are believed to bring divine blessings and energy into the home.
Devotees offer a variety of items to the gods, including flowers, fruits, sweets and incense. These offerings are considered a way of showing affection and gratitude.
The puja ends with the singing of aartis, devotional songs that express reverence and gratitude to the gods.
The festivities begin
After the Diwali puja, people prepare and light earthen lamps (diyas), which are an essential part of the festival. It symbolizes the victory of light over darkness and the expulsion of ignorance.
Diwali Puja is a time for families to come together, strengthen bonds and celebrate the spiritual and cultural significance of the festival as a unit.
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