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Diwali 2020: Muhurat, Puja Vidhi And Significance Of This Festival

As soon as Navratri begins, it marks the onset of various important Hindu festivals. Right after the Navratri and Dussehra people eagerly look forward to celebrating Diwali. This year Diwali will be observed on 14 November 2020 across the country.

Also known as Deepawali, the festival is all about light, celebrations, fun and enjoyment. In order to double your enjoyment and happiness, we are here to tell you about the muhurat, rituals and significance of this festival. Scroll down the article to read more.

Muhurat

Diwali is observed on the Amavasya tithi in the month of Kartik. The date falls two days after Dhanteras. However, this year Dhanteras and Diwali will be observed on consecutive dates This is because the Amavasya tithi will begin at 02:17 pm on 14 November 2020 and will end at 10: 36 am on 15 November 2020. Since the main puja of Diwali is performed during the night, people will be observing the festival on 14 November 2020.

On Diwali, people perform Lakshmi Puja, the worshipping of Goddess Lakshmi. This year the muhurat for the puja will have a duration of 1 hour 56 minutes. The muhurat for Lakshmi Puja will begin at 05:28 pm on 14 November 2020 and will end at 07:24 pm on the same date.

Rituals

  • Clean and purify your house properly.
  • Sprinkle Ganga Jal in and around your house.
  • Set up your Puja platform by spreading a red cotton or silk cloth on a small table or stool.
  • Now place a handful of grain at the centre of the Puja platform.
  • Place a Kalash full of water in the middle of the grains.
  • Put a supari (betel nut) along with a coin, marigold and some rice grains in the Kalash.
  • After this, place 5 mango leaves in the Kalash in such a way that lower part of the leaves are inside the Kalash while the upper part is out of the Kalash.
  • Make sure the leaves are placed in a circular design.
  • Now place the idols of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi on the puja platform behind the grains.
  • Make sure the idol of Lord Ganesha is places in the right direction of the Kalash.
  • Place your accountancy books and wealth-related items in front of the idol.
  • Apply tilak to the Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha and on Kalash.
  • Place a garland around the necks of the deities.
  • Light diya and insence sticks and keep in front of the deities.
  • Offer coconut, betel nuts, paan and some coins to the deities.
  • Offer flowers, sweets and fruits to the deities.
  • Take some flowers in your hand also.
  • Recite the mantras while keeping your hands folded.
  • After you have recited the mantras, offer the flowers to the deities.
  • Perform the aarti of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi.

Significance

  • Diwali is a five-day long festival observed by Hindus across the world. The festival begins with Dhanteras.
  • During Diwali, people clean and decorate their respective houses.
  • It is believed that when Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya with His wife Goddess Sita and brother Lakshman after 14 years of exile, people welcomed them by decorating their houses and the entire city with flowers, earthen lamps and rangolis.
  • On this day, people wear their best clothes and make rangolis inside and outside their houses.
  • They exchange sweets and gifts on this festival.
  • People worship Goddess Lakshmi on this day, and seek Her blessings in the form of prosperity, wealth and happiness.
Story first published: Monday, November 2, 2020, 16:00 [IST]