Let’s venerate the festival of Dhanteras by:
Worshiping Lakshmi – the Goddess of Wealth;
Buying utensils to savour tasty meals;
Investing in Silver and Gold as jewellery;
Light a lamp for impending Diwali;
Wear new clothes and jewellery;
And draw Rangoli designs on pathways including the goddess’ footprints to mark the arrival of Lakshmi!
Lakshmi Puja on Diwali:
There are two legends that associate the worship of Lakshmi on this day. According to the first legend, on this day, Lakshmi emerged from Kshira Sagar, the Ocean of Milk, during the great churning of the oceans, Samudra Manthan.
The second legend (more popular in western India) relates to the Vamana avatar of the big three Vishnu, the incarnation he assumed to kill the demon king Bali. On this day, Vishnu came back to his abode the Vaikuntha; so those who worship Lakshmi receive the benefit of her benevolent mood, and are blessed with mental, physical and material well-being.
May Goddess Lakshmi shower you with abundant happiness on this auspicious festival of Diwali!
On the asupicious day of Diwali, “Lakshmi-panchayatan” enters the Universe.Vishnu, Indra, Kubera, Gajendra and Lakshmi are elements of this “panchayatan” (a group of five).
The tasks of these elements are:
* Lakshmi: Divine Energy (Shakti) which provides energy to all the above activities.
* Vishnu: Happiness (happiness and satisfaction)
* Kubera: Wealth (generosity; one who shares wealth)
* Indra: Opulence (satisfaction due to wealth)
* Gajendra: Carries the wealth
* Saraswati: Knowledge
May you receive the benevolence of all the Panchayatan on this auspicious festival of Diwali!
The name ‘Diwali’ or ‘Divali’ is a contraction of ‘Deepavali’ (Sanskrit: दीपावली Dīpāvalī), which translates into “row of lamps”.
Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps (dīpa in Sanskrit: दीप) filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. These lamps are kept on during the night and one’s house is cleaned, both done in order to make the goddess Lakshmi feel welcome.
Firecrackers are burst in order to drive away evil spirits. During Diwali, all the celebrants wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family members and friends.
A very happy Deepavali to you and all your family members!