Diwali Lakshmi Puja 2014
The third day of Diwali celebrations is the most important day as it is the day when people perform Lakshmi Puja. Diwali is the festival of 5 days that commence from 13th lunar day of Krishna Paksha with Dhanteras and ends with Bhai Dooj on the 5th day.
Diwali Puja Muhurat
This signifies that during this period you can worship Goddess Lakshmi along with Lord Ganesh and Goddess Saraswati. Business professionals worship Lord Kubera along with Goddess Lakshmi to increase their profit and growth of their business.
- Lakshmi Puja Muhurat: 6:56 PM to 8:14 PM
- Pradosh Kaal Muhurat: 5:39 PM to 8:14 PM
- Vrishabh Kaal Muhurat: 6:56 PM to 8:52 PM
Mahanishitha Kaal Muhurat
- Puja Muhurat: From 11:39 PM to 12:31 AM
- Singh Kaal: 1:27 AM to 3:44 AM
5-Days of Diwali Festival 2014
1st day: Dhanteras
2nd day: Naraka Charturdashi (Chhoti Diwali)
3rd day: Diwali (Laxmi Puja)
4th day: Kartika Shuddha Padyami
5th day: Yama Diwitiya (Bhai Dooj)
Diwali festival falls at the end of the harvest season. Farmers offer their thanks to the God for the year that passed and pray that upcoming year brings more better results than those which occurred this year. India is an agricultural nation and all her festivals are related to harvest and agriculture.
During this festive season Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped as she is believed to be the Goddess of wealth and prosperity. Devotees worship Maa Lakshmi to seek her divine blessings. With Goddess Lakshmi, people also worship Lord Ganesha, Lord Kuber and Goddess Saraswati.
It is said that worship of Goddess Lakshmi is not complete without worshipping Lord Ganesh. Goddess Saraswati bless the devotees with knowledge and wisdom and without them wealth is of no use. Kuber is God of wealth and affluence. He is also worshipped as a part of Lakshmi Puja celebrations.
Legends of Lakshmi Puja
There are several legends associated with the Diwali Festival 2014. One of the legend associated with this festival is as follows –
During the great churning of ocean (Samudra Manthan), Goddess Lakshmi emerged from the Kshira Sagar (ocean of milk).
As per another legend, on this day Lord Vishnu’s incarnation Vamana visited King Bali and send him to heavenly underground and came back to Vaikuntha. People who worship Goddess Lakshmi receive great rewards and blessings.
Diwali is not just festival of Hindus. It is celebrated with great zeal and delight among the Sikh community along with Jain Community too. In Sikh religion, Diwali is celebrated as Bandhi Chhor Diwas. On this day Guru Hargovbind Singh was released from prison. Sikh families on this day take vegetarian meal and read their holy scriptures.
In the Jain religion, this day is marked as Deva Diwali. The last Jain Tirthankar Lord Mahavira attained Nirvana on this day. Hence, it can be said that Diwali is the major festival which is celebrated all around India for different reasons. People from different religions come together and celebrate this festival of lights.
As per another legend, Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya with his wife Sita and brother Laxman after fourteen years of exile. To celebrate their safe return, people lit diyas outside their houses and distributed sweets. During the exile, Lord Rama conquered the evil Kind Ravana who abducted Sita. King Ravan stood for immorality, dishonesty and arrogance. By conquering him, Lord Rama also conquered all the evilness too.
Lord Rama stood for righteousness, morality and honesty. Therefore, this auspicious day also motivates us to choose the same path as of Lord Rama.
Spiritual Significance of Lakshmi Puja
Lakshmi Puja is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm. This day marks the victory of truth over evil. The lighting of Diyas symbolize the ending of darkness outside and within us. This day is said to put an end to the ignorance and evilness that one gather during the course of our life. It is also said that on this day, Goddess Lakshmi visits earth. Therefore, people keep their doors open to allow Goddess to enter and bless the house with prosperity and wealth.
Those who keep their doors closed do not receive the blessings of Goddess. Here, doors refer to the door of our hearts. We should not close the door of our heart. It should remain open to let the light of wisdom and knowledge enter in it.
We wish our readers a very happy and prosperous Diwali Lakshmi Puja 2014 and wishes that this festival of light bring happiness in your life.