Diwali 2015: Celebration of Victory
Diwali 2015: Date and Shubh Muhurat
Date: 11th November 2015
Time: 17:42 to 19:38 vrishabha kaal
17:25 to 20:05 Pradosh Kaal
Diwali is the festival of light; let’s light pierce the darkness this year.
India is a land of festivals numbers of festivals are celebrated here and all the festivals are celebrated with great zeal. The festivals play vital part in the lives of Indians. Diwali is one of the most important festivals in Hindu region. People worship Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha on the Diwali day and get blessings of prosperous life. Along with the worship, people enjoy, dance and singing.
Let’s know about the ‘festival of lights’- Diwali.
Diwali 2015: Grand Celebration
Diwali festival celebration is a grand celebration time. It is a complete ‘Dhoom Dhadaka’ festival. This festival is celebrated for five days. Everyone gathers on the night of Diwali and enjoy with diya lighting, singing, dancing and some harm free crackers also. This festival is full of fun.
Diwali 2015: Carnival of lights
Deepawali is the other name of Diwali and it is one of the most awaited festivals in Hindu religion. In Deepawali word, ‘Deep’ symbolize the light and ‘Avali’ means series of lights. Thus, it is generally called as ‘festival of light or carnival of lights’. It comes after the eighteen days of Dusshara festival. On the Diwali eve people light Diyas (small clay lamp) and put them around their house and decorate the house with light. Now time is changed so different types of diyas and electric lamps are available but still mud lamp has its own importance and people are using it on Diwali for lightning. Lighting the diya is the way of paying gratitude towards the God for good health, wealth, knowledge, fame and peace in life. The Diwali festival is enjoy by every the people of all age groups. People take blessings from their elders, exchange sweets and fireworks is also a centre attraction.
Deepawali is the five day festival where each day is celebrated with different rituals and importance. But the essence is same for each day celebration that is demolition of evil and also victory of truth. Thus, on the Diwali 2015 keep in mind the reason of celebration when you enjoy the festival. Kill all the bad things from your life and take a path of truth this year.
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Diwali 2015: Five days of Celebration
Deepawali generally comes in during October or November month, it come after Durga Puja and Dusshara festival. In 2015 year, it will celebrate on 11th November.
As every year it will start with Dhanteras. Dhanteras will on 9th November in 2015 year. It marks as the entry of prosperity in the homes. On this day, buying Gold, Silver and other items is a trend which is followed from ancient. 10th November will celebrate as ‘Chotti Diwali’. People make different sweets for Diwali on this day and it is celebrated as the ‘Narka Chaturdarshi’.
‘Badi’ or main Diwali is on 11th November 2015. Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped on this day who symbolizes wealth and prosperity.
Next day of Deepawali will celebrate as ‘Goverdhan Puja’. It is on 12th November. And ‘Bhai Dooj’ comes on very next day of it.
Deepawali is the keenly awaited and most enjoyable festival, it bring joy, fun, and get together moment in Hindu community.
Diwali 2015: Importance of Lighting a Diya
On Diwali eve, every home is lighted with diyas and other electric items. Every festival has its own rituals same like this Diwali also has ritual of lightining Diyas. Light helps us to see around, everyone understand that without light life is not possible. Light symbolize the positivity and knowledge on the other hand darkness symbolizes the ignorance. Thus, lighting the diya or lamp means subtraction of ignorance and welcome the knowledge, wisdom, destruction of evils, negativity, greed, violence and envy. Lighting the lamp light the life and indicates happiness.
Diwali 2015: Legends associated with this Bright Festival
Let’s have a look to popular legends
Lord Rama’s come back to Ayodhya
Lord Rama is remembered for his truth, epitome of morality and perfect son and husband. But best part was that he was a perfect King. Ravan abducted Lord Rama’s wife then Lord Rama had a war with him and got victory. After that war he returned back to Ayodhya with his wife and brother. On their return people became happy and celebrate that day with lighten the diyas. From that time celebration of Diwali has been started.
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Satyabham killed Narakasura
Narakasura was demon king of Pradyoshpuram but he was the cruel ruler. People asked Lord Krishna to help, and then Krishna took Satyabham who was Naraka’s mother with him to kill Narakasura. Naraka death relived all the people.
Appearance of Devi Lakshmi
Lakshmi Mata is considered as the Goddess of prosperity and wealth according to Hindu mythology. People worship the Lakshmi Mata on Diwali eve. The reason to worship Maa Lakshmi is that Mata Lakshmi appeared during churning mount Mandara. Goddess Mahalakshmi chose lord Vishnu as her husband that time. Whenever Lord Vishnu take any Avatar and come to earth, Mata Lakshmi always accompanied him.
The Goddess Lakshmi is considered as good luck for wealth perspective and good life. She is the Goddess of health, peace, wealth and strength.
Diwali 2015: Deepawali known as Harvest Festival
In India, Diwali is celebrated as a festival of Harvest. When ends of cropping season the festival of Diwali takes place. In older times, obtain harvest brought prosperity and happiness in the farmers lives.
Even today’s time during Deepawali or Diwali, farmers celebrate the time of harvesting with joy, happiness and perform prayers to God for good harvest. In earlier days, farmers were used to perform puja of Goddess of wealth, Mata Lakshmi.
On auspicious festival of Diwali, farmers do aarti and prepare dishes which are made of rice collects from the harvest. Custom of Diwali is followed in whole India in urban and rural areas. October-November is the period when season of Kharif harvesting ends. So, this is one of the bases for considering Diwali as a festival of harvest.
Diwali 2015: Five Day Celebration
Let’s know about importance of Deepawali festival by taking a brief look at all five days of Diwali.
Celebration of Dhanteras
Five days celebration of Diwali begins from celebration of Dhanteras. It is also called as ‘Dhanwantari Triodasi’ or ‘Dhantrayodashi’. In the Hindu month, Kartik, Dhanteras is celebrated in Krishna Paksha of thirteenth day.
On the day of Dhanteras, mata Lakshmi also called as Dhan Lakshmi, devotees worshipped her. It is considered that on the first day of Deepawali puja she helps in bringing prosperity and wealth. On the day of Dhanteras, some of the people worship God Kuber as he considered as the owner of entire wealth and treasure. It is believed that it is auspicious to purchase new things or items for household on this day. Especially, on the first day of Diwali buy Kitchen utensils which are made of copper, brass or iron. Silver based jewelry is also brought on the auspicious day of Dhanteras. On this day, people send gifts to their relatives and friends, while those people who can’t send anything as a gift, just send their good wishes and blessings in the form of message of Dhanteras.
Celebrations of Choti Diwali
Choti Diwali is the second day of Deepawali celebrations. It comes before a day of Deepawali that’s why it is called as Choti Diwali. Choti Deepawali is also called as Narak Chaturdashi, the demon named as Narakasura that was killed on second day of Diwali. On the auspicious day of Choti Deepawali, in comparison of Badi Diwali, people light lamps on a smaller level.
Diwali: Nights of Lights
Badi Diwali is the third day of Deepawali celebrations. People worship Mata Lakshmi to bring light of knowledge, wealth and prosperity on Diwali night. It is believed that on the Diwali night, Mata Lakashmi comes on earth to give blessings to her devotees.
Along with Goddess Lakshmi, people worshipped God Ganesha on the day of Diwali. After doing puja of Goddess Lakshmi, people lit lamps in their house and then elders and children, lit fire-crackers.
Why in all pujas God Ganesha is first worshipped?
On the fourth day of Deepawali, puja of Govardhan is performed. Goverdhan puja has a story that says once God Indra became angry on Mathura people as God Krishna told them stop worship of Indra. This made Lord Indra angry and Lord Indra sent a high amount of rain in Mathura to harm people. But, God Krishna gives assurance to all the people that he will save to all. And he lifted up Parvat of Govardhan to save lives of Mathura natives.
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In this manner, God Krishna proved that Lord Indra is not supreme. Lord Indra also admitted the supremacy of Lord Krishna. Then since, people of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and some other states of India create small hill rocks through cow dung and adorn them with flowers on Diwali fourth day. To worship them people gather at one place.
Bhai Dhooj festival is celebrated on last day of Diwali to build up the strong bond of brother and sister. On this auspicious day, sisters apply tilak on their brother’s forehead and pray for their happy, long and successful life. In return, brothers give gifts to their sweet sisters. Bhai Dhooj festival is celebrated to enhance the love and strong bonding between sisters and brothers forever.
Diwali 2015: It’s time to enjoy and celebrate
As we have talk about the traditions and rituals to be followed on 2015 Diwali, now it’s a time to take a view of five day festival of Deepawali. Let’s know about the things that would add color and ambience to our lives during 2015 Diwali festival.
Decorate the house by Lighting Lamps
On the Diwali night, lamps are lighted in the verandas and around the house. On the day of Diwali, lighting lamps indicates the ignorance of darkness from life and welcomed the light of knowledge.
Lighting fire- crackers
After completing puja of Goddess Laxmi, all the members of family light fire-crackers. Especially, children’s get excited for fireworks. On the festival of Diwali, many colonies organize lighting fireworks competition.
On the auspicious occasion, people prepare rangolis by using different color powders at the entrance door of the house. It is considered as auspicious and important part of Diwali celebration. After Rangolis, people light Diyas around the beautiful Rangoli to add joy and happiness to the festival of Diwali.
Now, let’s take a view on the celebrations of Diwali in our country.
Diwali celebration in India
In North India, silver or golden utensils are buying as a good tradition on Dhanteras. As per important tradition of Hindu, special pujas are dedicated to Goddess Laxmi. Houses are decorated with wall decorations, candles, clay lamps that are especially made to invite Maa Laxmi to their house and it believed that on this auspicious day of Diwali Goddess Laxmi brings happiness, wealth and prosperity. Friends, relatives, neighbours exchange gifts, greetings, sweets with each other.
Diwali celebration in foreign
Diwali festival is not only celebrating in India with extreme joy and happiness but also celebrated in foreign countries with same feelings. In Britain, on the celebration of Diwali people exchange gifts, sweets and greetings with each other and also treat in a traditional way. Indonesia is popular for Diwali celebration, especially in land of Bali. Majority of Hindu people in the island and the manner they celebrate or enjoy the Diwali festival is similar to the Indian pattern.
2015 Diwali will again bring same feelings and emotions in the heart and get give light of knowledge.
Hopefully, all the above information of Diwali festival would help you to celebrate 2015 Diwali with great fun and zeal along with your loved ones.
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Category: Festival 2015
Created: Wednesday, March 11 2015
Author: Lokesh Jagirdar