The celebration of Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, is currently taking place globally. This five-day festival involves joyous gatherings, lively fireworks, delicious feasts, and heartfelt prayers. Alongside these festivities, various rituals are observed, with a special emphasis on the worship of Goddess Lakshmi and various other deities. Diwali, derived from the term “Deepavali,” signifies “a row of lights.” Traditionally, people illuminate their homes with clay oil lamps, symbolizing the triumph of light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance.
Diwali, originally a Hindu festival, exhibits variations that are embraced by adherents of diverse faiths. Jains, for instance, commemorate their own Diwali, symbolizing the ultimate liberation of Mahavira. Sikhs observe Bandi Chhor Divas, which signifies the release of Guru Hargobind from a Mughal prison. Newar Buddhists deviate from the broader Buddhist practices by celebrating Diwali with the worship of Lakshmi. Additionally, in Eastern India and Bangladesh, Hindus often mark Diwali by honoring the goddess Kali. This rich tapestry of customs highlights the inclusive and multicultural nature of Diwali celebrations, transcending religious boundaries and reflecting the diverse traditions across various communities and regions.
Today, on November 11th, the second day of Diwali, referred to as Narak Chaturdashi or Choti Diwali, is observed. On this day, individuals partake in the worship of Lord Hanuman, Maa Kali, Lord Krishna, and Yama as a means to seek atonement for past sins. The auspicious ‘deepdaan shubh muhurat’ for lighting lamps is scheduled to begin at 05:29 pm and conclude at 8:07 pm on November 11th. The third day of Diwali, recognized as the main day, sees people performing Lakshmi Puja, also known as Diwali Puja. This day commemorates the belief that Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana.
As per the Drik Panchang, the recommended time for Lakshmi Puja is during the Pradosh Kaal, starting after sunset and lasting approximately 2 hours and 24 minutes. Specifically, the auspicious Lakshmi Puja Muhurat on Diwali is suggested to be observed from 5:39 pm to 7:35 pm. The following are the provided Muhurat timings: