Diwali like all Indian festivals that makes India world famous /what-makes-india-world-famous/ has important astrological significance as it marks the new lunar year , celebrates the season of harvest and hence, help bestow wealth and prosperity on all.
The five days of Diwali are celebrated as the biggest Indian festival :
- Dhanteras ( Day of fortune)
This auspicious day is celebrated as Dhantrayodashi or Dhanvantri Jayanti, the birth anniversary of God of Ayurveda. “Dhana” signifies wealth and “Teras” means thirteenth day as per the Hindu calendar. It is believed that Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and lord Vishnu’s wife, visits her devotees and bestows gifts and blessings upon each of them.
On Dhanteras, Goddess Lakshmi , the Goddess of wealth, is worshiped to provide health, prosperity and well being. Visit the article /goddess-of-wealth/for more interesting facts about Dhanteras like what we should buy or do on Dhanteras.
2.Naraka Chaturdasi/ Choti Diwali /Day of knowledge
Choti Diwali or Narak Chaturdasi is celebrated a day before Badi Diwali. It was named after the great battle of Narakasura and Lord Krishna.
According to Hindu beliefs, one should take the holy bath before the sunrise on this dayand then take the breakfast with the relatives and friends.
3.Diwali (Day of light)
Diwali or Deepawali is celebrated as the festival of lights all around the country with a great spirit. It is regarded as the most important day of all the five days festivity.
Diwali is celebrated as a mark of victory of good over the evil. People send their best wishes in the form of greeting, messages. Here, I have written a poem on the eve of Diwali /diwali-indias-biggest-festive-season/
This is celebrated in accordance with the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhaya after 14 years of exile. Here, for some more interesting facts and evidences of Ramayana you can visit this article.
This is the most viewed and liked aticle till date, in my first month of blogging on twitter and word press. /ramayana-indias-largest-epic/ Diwali is celebrated in the Hindu month of Kartik which falls during October or November.
4.Annakut (New Year)
The Annakut festival is celebrated on the first lunar day of bright fortnight in the Hindu calendar month of Kartik, which is the next day of Deepawali (Diwali).
On this day Offerings of vegetarian food is done to Lord Krishna like you must have heard about 56 kinds of pure vegetarian food items./indian-cuisine-with-10-healthy-super-foods/ called chhappan bhog.
5. Bhai Duj (Day of love between siblings)
This is festival that celebrates and strengthens the bonding of love between sister and brother. Siblings exchange the gifts on this day. /indias-biggest-festive-season-with-smart-shopping/
It is believed that after killing the demon called ‘Narakasura’, Lord Krishna went his younger sister Subhadra’s home.Thus, the festival got started.
According to traditional Hindu calendar, it is celebrated on 11th day of Hindu kartik month and marks the marriage between Lord Vishnu and Tulsi Devi.
On this day, Lord Vishnu wakes up after 4 months of slumber. It marks the end of Pitrapaksh and also the end of chaturmaas or fourth month. That’s why most auspicious period for marriages comes after Diwali.
This is most interesting part of the festival I came to know recently. So, sharing with all my readers .
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