The word Diwali is derived from two Sanskrit words. Such as Deep and Awali. The word Deep means – Light and Avali means – Lines. Which means – A Line of Lights 🌟
Diwali is celebrated as the victory of truth over falsehood. Lord Rama killed the demon Lankadhish Ravana and He, his wife Sita and brother Laxman returned to their hometown of Ayodhya after 14 years of exile.The day he returned was a dark night. All the people of Ayodhya welcomed him with ghee lamps.This dark night was illuminated by the light of a lamp and this was Diwali night .
Diwali is a festival that removes darkness and illuminates the whole atmosphere. It is a festival of joy and light. We do celebrate diwali for 6 days in maharashtra with full of Joy and Happiness .
On this first day of Diwali, Kamadhenu is gratefully remembered and Dhenu i.e. cow is symbolically worshiped in the courtyard with Tulsi Vrindavan.It is said that on this day the catastrophic wave of Lord Vishnu becomes active and enters the universe. This wave incarnates Kamadhenu in Vishnuloka. So the cow is worshiped to express gratitude to her.That is why this day is called Vasubaras. Baras means the formation of a new seed of consciousness in something.
On this day , near my home we worship cow with the calf and offer her puranpoli nevaidya 🙂
Dhantrayodashi is celebrated on Ashwin Krishna Triodashi . There is a fascinating story behind this festival of Dhantrayodashi. According to the prophecy, the son of King Hema will about to die in his sixteenth year. The king and queen marry his son so that he can enjoy all the pleasures of life. The fourth day after marriage is the day of death. His wife doesn’t let him sleep tonight. Gold and silver pieces are placed around it. The entrance of the palace is similarly blocked with gold and silver.All the palaces are illuminated by large lamps. His wife wakes him up by telling him different songs and stories. When Yama tries to enter the prince’s room in the form of a serpent, his eyes glow with gold and silver. For this reason, Yama returns to our world (Yamaloka). Thus the life of the prince is saved. That is why this day is also called Yamadipadan. On this day, in the evening, they light a lamp outside the house and turn their winds to the south.They then greet the lamp.
There is another legend about Dhantrayodashi. That is the churning of the sea. When Indradev, along with the demons, churned the ocean to relieve the curse of Maharshi Durvas, Goddess Lakshmi appeared. Also, Dhanvantari brought out Amrutkumbh from Samudra Manthan. Therefore Dhanvantari is also worshiped on this day. This day is also called Dhanvantari Jayanti.From the point of view of Ayurveda, this day is Dhanvantari Jayanti. Vaidya Mandali worships Dhanvantari (Vaidya of the Gods) on this day. Prasadas give people chopped neem leaves and sugar. It makes a lot of sense. Neem is derived from nectar. Dhanvantari is the giver of nectar, it seems. If five-six neem leaves are eaten daily, it is unlikely to cause disease. Neem is so important. So on this day the same is given as Dhanvantari prasad.
3. Narak Chaturthi
Narak Chaturthi is celebrated on Ashwin Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi. This day is celebrated for the slaughter of the Narkasur demon. The story behind this is that Lord Krishna killed a demon named Narakasur while he was torturing human beings. While dying, Narakasura asked, “On this day, the one who bathes early and worship should not suffer from hell.” Lord Krishna gave him up. Therefore, on the day of Narak Chaturdashi, it became customary to perform ablution before sunrise.On the day of Narakchaturdashi, we want to annihilate our hell-like sinful desires and ego by praying in the morning. Only then will the veil of ego on the soul be removed and Atmajyot will be illuminated.
4. Lakshmi Poojan
There is a story that on the day of Lakshmi Puja, Lord Vishnu had freed all the gods including Lakshmi from the prison of the victim.
On this auspicious day we do worship of maa lakshmi and lord kubera with gold ornaments, silver rupee and ornaments. Also this day is big celebration of merchants with great enthusiasm. They worship their reckoning notebook.On this day, we buy new broom (kersuni) for cleaning assuming her to be Lakshmi, we pour water on her, carry turmeric and kumkum and start using it at home. Sri Sukta is also recited in many houses. The new year of reckoning of merchants begins after Lakshmi Puja.
5. Bali Pratipada / Padava
Balipratipada / Padava is half a day out of three and a half moments. It is customary to start good deeds from this day. On this day gold, large household items, structures, vehicles are bought.
Story behind this is Bali was the great king. He was generous, people-loving and truthful. So he was most popular than the gods. People take the name of the victim king before the gods. So the gods got angry and they went to Vishnu . Vishnu took the form of a vamana ( batu) and went to the victim as a beggar. Then the victim king asked, “Ask what you want.” “I only want Tripadbhumi,” replied Vaman The victim understood everything. But he kept his word and needed it as “given land.” The dwarf covered heaven in one step and the earth in another. Asking where to place the third step, the victim raised his head and Vishnu buried him in the abyss.
Vamana was very happy to see the generosity of Baliraja, Vamana gave him the kingdom of the abyss (patala) and vamana accepted the job of being the gatekeeper of Baliraja to serve the giver.
This is the remembrance day of Baliraja.
6. Bhaubij / Yamadvitiya
Sixth day of Diwali is called Yamadvitiya. This day is also known as Bhaubij. On this day, Yama went to eat at the house of his sister Yamuna, hence the name Yamadvitiya.
On this day, the brother eats sweets at his sister’s or his own house, and in the evening, after seeing the moon’s core, the sister first waves to the moon and then to the brother. The brother then greets the sister by giving ‘Ovalani’ in the waving tray 🙂
In my area, Diwali dawn celebrates in garden with singing devotional songs and flying sky lantern. Me and my sister cleaned the house before this Diwali. We also paint our house with beautiful color design and made it colorful. Ofcourse I bought new dress for Diwali and I took 2 sarees for my mother 🙂 I bought firecrackers and small fort made by mud for my 3 years old nephew. On the day of Diwali, I will draw rangoli in front of my house. My brother made beautiful Sky lantern in home. We colored lamps with colors. In Diwali days, we take a bath with cosmetics and Moti soap 😁 In Diwali days , we do prepare different food items in home like Chakali , Chivda , Anarasay , Laddoo and many more in which Chakali is my Best !! 😊
I would love to know how you celebrate and enjoy Diwali 🙂
🌟 Happy Diwali 🌟