Diwali – The Festival of Light and Joy.....

Diwali dates back to ancient times in India, as a festival after the summer harvest in the Hindu calendar month of Kartik. The festival is mentioned in Sanskrit scriptures such as the Padma Purana, the Skanda Purana both completed in second half of 1st millennium AD but believed to have been expanded from a core text from an earlier era. The diyas (lamps) are mentioned in Skanda Purana to symbolically represent parts of sun, the cosmic giver of light and energy to all life. Hindus in some regions of India associate Diwali with the legend of Yama and Nachiketa on Kartik Amavasya (Diwali night).  The Nachiketa story about right versus wrong, transient wealth versus true wealth, ignorance versus knowledge is recorded in Katha Upanishad composed in 1st millennium BC.

Diwali is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs to mark different historical events, stories or myths but they all symbolize the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, hope over despair.

The YogaVedanta, and Samkhya schools of Hindu philosophy share the belief that there is something beyond the physical body and mind which is pure, infinite, and eternal, called the Atman. The celebration of Diwali as the "victory of good over evil" refers to the light of higher knowledge dispelling all ignorance, the ignorance that masks one's true nature, not as the body, but as the unchanging, infinite, immanent and transcendent reality. With this awakening comes compassion and the awareness of the oneness of all things, and knowledge overcomes ignorance. Diwali is the celebration of this inner light over spiritual darkness,knowledge over ignorance, right over wrong, good over evil.

Performing Pooja/Archana to Goddess Laxmi is also very important to seek her blessing and bring in prosperity, and the following are also equally effective in attracting prosperity

Drawing on Dhanteras:-

On Dhanteras or Dhantrayodashi day, drawing ॐ (Om symbol) at the main entrance with the paste of turmeric and rice (after grinding freshly), would bring wealth and prosperity at home.It is very simple remedy and can be tried very easily as turmeric and rice are house hold items available in most kitchens.

Blowing Shankh and Playing Damaru:-

After Diwali Puja, blowing Shankh and playing Damaru removes poverty and brings prosperity at home.Conch is usually available in most Puja rooms in Hindu families. However Damaru is not that commonbut that can be included in Diwali Puja items. If Conch and Damaru are procured from market then it is also very simple Diwali remedy.

Installing Lakshmi-Ganesha Yantra :-

Installing Lakshmi-Ganesha Yantra with full Vedic ritual on the auspicious day of Deepavali brings everlasting wealth and prosperity at home. This remedy can be performed by a learned Pandit only.

Sugarcane Worship:-

On Diwali Puja day, bringing root of the sugarcane plant in the morning and worshipping it with Goddess Lakshmi during Diwali Puja brings wealth and prosperity.

Mahalakshmi in the form of Dhanyalakshmi is associated with grains and sugarcane, the staple commodities in Hinduism. Sugarcane is considered sacred and many Hindu deities are portrayed as holding it in one of the hands.  It is also very simple remedy, as in most Indian towns and cities, sugarcane is widely grown commodity.

Lotus Offering to Goddess Lakshmi:-

During Lakshmi Puja, offer lotus flower to Goddess Lakshmi and do Lakshmi Japam with Mala made of Kamal-Gatte (कमल-गट्टे).

This remedy is quite simple. Even if one is not able to procure lotus flowers during Diwali Puja, one can use lotus seed garland to perform Lakshmi Japam. The garland made of lotus seeds is very common Puja items and can easily be procured in Puja room at any time.

Offering kamal gatta mala to Goddess Lakshmi: During Diwali pujan, an offering of kamal gatta mala to Goddess Lakshmi pleases the deity. As lotus is favorite of Goddess, an offering of kamal gatta (lotus seeds) is considered auspicious.

Along with everything else that we perform it is also very important to nurture positive thoughts and maintain a sense of gratitude towards almighty for all blessing that we have received.

Gifting is a part of the Diwali celebration and ensures flow and spread of wealth and positive energy. Along with Gold and silver coins gifting of seven mukhi Rudraksha can be a good option as this represents Goddess Mahalakshmi.

Wishing everyone a Happy and Prosperous Diwali