Diwali Pooja, Lakshmi Pooja 2017
Diwali Pooja, Lakshmi Pooja 2017:
Though in major parts of India Diwali is associated with the worship of Laksmi and Ganesh the practice differs from region to region. For instance in the North Ram is worshiped with great fanfare at this time. Also many in the North worship Govardhana, the hillock in Braj, on this occasion. In Bengal Goddess Kali, a form of Durga and a consort of Shiva is worshiped with pomp and grandeur. A glimpse of all these rites performed across the nation:
DHANTERAS AND LAKSHMI PUJA
Though the celebration of Diwali spans over four days in some parts of the country, as in the western India, the curtain for the period of the celebration is raised with Dhanteras or Dhantrayodashi which falls on the thirteenth day of the month of Kartik. “Dhan” implies riches. In that capacity, this day of the Diwali 2017 celebration has an awesome significance for the rich trade group of Western India. Houses and Business premises are remodeled and adorned. Passageways are made beautiful with stunning conventional themes of Rangoli plans to welcome the Goddess of riches and flourishing. To show her hotly anticipated landing, little impressions are drawn with rice flour and vermilion powder everywhere throughout the houses. Lights are continued consuming all as the nights progressed. Trusting this day to be promising ladies buy some gold or silver or if nothing else maybe a couple new utensils. “Lakshmi-Puja” is performed in the nights when minor diyas of dirt are lit to head out the shadows of shrewdness spirits. “Bhajans”- reverential tunes in the acclaim of Goddess Lakshmi are sung and “Naivedya” of conventional desserts is offered to the Goddess. There is an impossible to miss custom in Maharashtra to softly pound dry coriander seeds with jaggery and offer as Naivedya.
- In villages, castles are adorned and worshiped by farmers as they form the main source of their income. In South, cows are offered special veneration as they are supposed to be the incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi and therefore they are adorned and worshiped on this day.
- The pre-Diwali day is of great importance to the rich community of western India Houses and Business premises are renovated and decorated. Entrances are made colorful with lovely traditional motifs of Rangoli designs to welcome Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity. To indicate her long-awaited arrival, small footprints are drawn with rice flour and vermilion powder all over the houses. Lamps are kept burning all through the nights. Believing this day to be auspicious women purchase some gold or silver or at least one or two new utensils.
- Lakshmi-Puja is performed in the evenings when tiny diyas of clay are lighted to drive away the shadows of evil spirits, devotional songs- in praise of Goddess Laxmi are sung and Naivedya of traditional sweets is offered to the Goddess.
DIWALI POOJA OR DEEPAVALI POOJA:
The day of Amavasya or the new moon which as a rule falls on the fifteenth day of the period of Kartik according to Indian lunar schedule sees the center point of the week-long bubbly period. Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped as it is trusted that on this day Goddess Lakshmi would be in her kindhearted inclination and would satisfy every one of the desires of her aficionados. One adaptation says that it was on this day Goddess Lakshmi rose up out of Kshira Sagara when the Gods and evil spirits were agitating the sea world for raising of Amrita, the legendary solution of life.
- On this day there is a traditional practice especially in Maharashtra of taking bath before sunrise with oil and “Uptan” (paste) of gram flour and fragrant powders.
- There is a peculiar custom in Maharashtra to lightly pound dry coriander seeds with jaggery and offer as Naivedya In villages, cattle’s are adorned and worshiped by farmers as they form the main source of their income. In South, cows are offered special veneration as they are supposed to be the incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi and therefore they are adorned and worshiped on this day.
- In South India, that victory of the divine over the mundane is celebrated in a very peculiar way. People wake up before sunrise prepare blood by mixing Kumkum in oil and after breaking a bitter fruit that represents the head of the demon King that was smashed by Krishna, apply that mixture on their foreheads. Then they have an oil bath using sandalwood paste.
Is likewise performed in the North on the following day that takes after the day of Diwali. It is the main day of the accompanying fortnight of the full moon. This day is additionally seen as an Annakoot meaning pile of sustenance. In sanctuaries particularly in Mathura and Nathadwara, the divinities are given drain shower, wearing sparkling clothing types with adornments of astonishing jewels, pearls, rubies and different valuable stones. After the petitions and customary love, incalculable assortments of heavenly desserts are offered to the gods as “Bhog” and afterward the aficionados approach and take Prasad.
In numerous Hindu homes, it is a custom for the spouse to put the red sign of Tilak (made up of vermillion powder stuck with oil) in the temple of her significant other, Garland him and does his “Aarathi” with a petition for his long life. In valuation for all the delicate care that the spouse showers on him, the husband gives her an exorbitant blessing. This Gudi Padwa is representative of affection and dedication between the spouse and husband. On this day recently wedded girls with their spouses are welcomed for exceptional suppers and given presents.
The celebration of Diwali isn’t finished without yet another celebration, known by the name of “Bhayya-Duj” in the Hindi-talking belt, “Bhav– Bij” in the Marathi-talking groups, “Bhai Phota” to the Bengalees and in Nepal by the name of “Bhai-Tika“. It is seen on the second day following Diwali or the new moon. As the legend goes Yamraj, the God of Death went by his sister Yami on this specific day. She put the favorable tilak on his brow, garlanded him and drove him with extraordinary dishes and them two together ate the desserts, talked and had fun to their heart’s substance, while celebrating Yamraj gave her an exceptional blessing as a token of his adoration and consequently Yami additionally gave him an exquisite blessing which she had made with her own particular hands. That day Yamraj declared that any individual who gets tilak from his sister will never be tossed. That is the reason this day of Bhayyaduj is additionally known by the name of “Yama-Dwitiya” Since then this day is being seen as an image of adoration amongst sisters and siblings. It turned out to be additionally basic for the sibling to go to his sister’s home to observe BhaIya-Duj.
Also, falls at this time, widely celebrated in Bengal.