On Diwali clay lamps are lighted with oil and this is one of the most remarkable feature of this festival. The lighting of the lamp signifies the the triumph of bad over evil. Diwali is also an important festival amongst the Hindus, Jains, Sikhs etc. Diwali has different significance for people of different communities. Like for the Hindus Diwali is the get together of all family members in the home and performing the traditional activities together. The Jains celebrate Diwali as on this day Mahavira attained nirvana. And the Sikhs celebrate Diwali because on this day their sixth Guru, Guru Hargobind was released from jail. No matter whatever be the reason Diwali is celebrated all over the country with great enthusiasm and happiness with Diwali being an official holiday throughout the country. On this day Maha Diwali puja is done in which special offerings to lord Rama, Maa Sita, Maa Vaisho Devi, Maa lakshmi, Lord Kuber are done. Devotees also pray to their Isth Dev on this day. You too can get the Maha Diwali Puja done on your behalf in the right manner through our well versed purohits and be blessed on this Auspicious day.
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Origin of Diwali
Lord Rama along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana returned to Ayodhya after fourteen years of exile and after attaining victory over Ravana. The people of Ayodhya out of sheer happiness and joy illuminated the entire Kingdom with earthen lamps. This was done to welcome Lord Rama. Thus, Diwali commemorates the return of Lord Rama from exile. Henceforth, on Diwali there is the tradition of lighting oil lamps which also symbolizes the victory of good over evil.
Diwali is celebrated for five days and Dhanteras marks the beginning of Diwali. The business communities of India begin their fiscal year from Dhanteras. And on Dhanteras, which is the first day of Diwali new utensils and silverware are brought from market. The second day of Diwali is known as the Choti Diwali. This Choti Diwali usually involves the grand preparation for the next day. The third day is the Badi Diwali. And on this day, Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped. Govardhan puja is the fourth day of Diwali and the fifth day is the Bhai Dooj. On Bhai Dooj, sisters invite their brothers to their homes where the sisters pray for their brothers and the brothers gift them with things of their choice.
Rituals and traditions associated with Diwali
One of the very old tradition associated with Diwali is the playing of cards. Apart from the family and friends get together for playing cards, the playing of cards also has a religious significance. Mythology states that on this day Goddess Lakshmi played dice with her husband Shiva. And at the end of the game, she told that whoever will play with money on this day will be prosperous round the year. Thus, this tradition is followed till date. Moreover on Diwali crackers are bursted, which makes the festival even more fascinating. There are rangolis drawn beautifully on the floor with different colours. It is believed that with this beautiful rangolis people welcome Goddess Lakshmi to their house. On Diwali there is also the exchange of gifts amongst the friends and relatives. Thus, Diwali is celebrated throughout the country and with great joy and happiness and this celebration marks the win of good over bad.