Introduction Of 5 Days Of Diwali
Have you ever celebrated Diwali? If yes, then you must be knowing all the facts and origin of this festival. Like all other cultures & tradition, you must be following the footsteps followed by your ancestors, without knowing its origin and importance. Then, it is very much essential for us to know its origin and significance. In this article, I will write about the 5 Days of Diwali in detail with its origin and facts. Diwali is a festival, which is celebrated by all the Hindus all over the world. It is one of the major festivals for Hindus. Well, to know more about this festival I will be writing about it on the following subheading. The subheading for this article is as follows:
- Origin & significance
- 5 Days Of Diwali
- Diwali in Nepal
- How is Diwali celebrated in Nepal?
- How to Decorate Diya for Diwali
- How to celebrate safe Diwali
Diwali has many other terms and names. Some people may call it Deepawali, Dipawali & Tihar. Deepa means ‘light’ & wali means ‘row’. The meaning of these terms is that it means “The Festival Of Lights” or “Rows of Lights.” It is said that it was first celebrated as a harvest festival that signifies as the last harvest prior to winter. It is celebrated by Hindus all over the world. But in India & Nepal, it is celebrated in a grand and splendour ways.
This festival mostly falls in the mid of October and November. It symbolises the victory of light over darkness. The Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped and propitiated to have good health, wealth & prosperity. It is a very cheerful and illuminating festival that will make us feel fresh and mind refreshing. But it can be noisy & disturbing in the same way, if the people are bursting the firecrackers. It is also one of the most harmful to burst firecrackers as it pollutes the environment.
Origin & Significance Of Diwali
There are many stories and origins of this festival. But the most well known story is acquired from the Hindu epic Ramayana. The prince Rama was exiled by his father King Dasharatha. Lord Rama went to exile with his wife Sita and the brother Lakshmana for 14 years. During their dwelling in the forest.
One day, the Lanka king Ravana disguised as a sage came for alms where Sita was living. Since Sita was a very generous woman, and it was the tradition of India that, whenever a sage or mendicant ask for alms then you must give them with great reverence, when She tries to provide alms to Ravana. He abducted Sita and took her to Lanka. Ravana did this to vengeance his sister’s humiliation.
After that, when Lord Rama came to know about Sita’s abduction. He and his armies of monkeys and other creatures went to battle against Ravana. He defeated Ravana and secured his wife from Lanka. The vanquishing of Ravana by Rama is symbolises as the victory over evil and the people celebrate this day as Vijayadasami.
Lord Rama completed his 14 years in exile and returned to his Palace. The people of his Kingdom were so happy that all of them lighted their houses with Diyas of his safe return. So the Diwali or Deepawali is celebrated by all the Hindus as a festival. There are still many more stories and origin of this festival. But the most famous is the story that I have presented in this article.
5 Days Of Diwali
There are 5 days of Diwali that actually take place during the celebration. These 5 days are celebrated in a grand way to welcome Lord Rama and Goddess Lakshmi. The 5 days of Diwali are as follow:
- Narak Chaturdashi
- Lakshmi puja
- Govardhan Puja
- Bhai Dooj
How To Do Dhanvantari Puja At Home
This day is celebrated, 2 days before Diwali. It is believed that in this day, Goddess Lakshmi emerges out from the ocean as she is the Goddess of wealth, prosperity and good luck. In this day Goddess Lakshmi and Kubera are worshipped.
It is said that on this Dhanvantari day we must buy some utensil. And buying gold or some precious things will bring wealth and prosperity in our family and relatives. This is the significance of this day.
The people wear new clothes in the morning, clean up and decorate their houses and offices. Rangolis are painted on their entrance and gate. This is to welcome Goddess Lakshmi to their houses, and they will make footprints with rice flour to symbolise the entering of the Goddess Lakshmi.
In the evening, all the family members will gather and, the idol of Lord Ganesh is washed, anointed and clothed properly. They will start they the prayers and worship the deity. After that, the Lord Dhanvantari is washed, anointed and clothed. Then they will start worshipping the deity, and 9 types of grains are offered the God. The Lord Kuber is worshipped in the same fashion. In this way, we can perform the Dhanvantari Puja at Home.
What Is Narak Chaturdashi
In this day, the people take a bath, clean and arrange their houses. The Diyas are lighted in a row. The Rangolis are designed using rice, coloured powders. It is placed in the courtyard, window and door to welcome Goddess Lakshmi. It is believed that the Goddess will enter their houses by bringing good luck and wealth. It is also the day that Lord Krishna killed the Asura called Narakasura. They will wait for further preparation and celebration of Diwali.
How to do Lakshmi Puja
Lakshmi Puja is done in the 3rd day of Diwali. This is done to increase wealth, luck and prosperity, in order to become successful in life. In this day people adorned themselves with new clothes, puts on their finest jewellery. The steps to do Lakshmi Puja is as follows:
- Clean your house and arrange all the necessary items.
- It is good to select an altar, where you want to perform Puja.
- It would be best if you placed Kalash on the grains.
- Then, place the idol or image of Goddess Lakshmi next to the Kalash and place the small idol of Lord Ganesha on the altar.
- It is better to keep all your account and finance books, golds, jewellery on the alt every day.
- Light the Diyas or Pancha Mukhi Diya.
- Recite the Lakshmi Mantra, holding grains and flowers in your hands.
- You can now meditate on Goddess Lakshmi’s beautiful form.
- Now, take out the idol of Goddess Lakshmi and bathe the idol by placing it on the clean Thali. You should bathe the idol with Panchamrita (sugar, honey,
- Ghee,milk and curd).
- Apply the haldi, kumkum and sprinkle some grains. Then place the flower garland around the neck of the Goddess.
In this way, you can easily perform Lakshmi Puja in your home without inviting any Priests.
What Is Govardhan Puja
Govardhan Puja is done to Lord Krishna, showing our gratitude by offering him several types of vegetarian dishes. It is believed that Lord Krishna lifted Govardhan Hill to protect all the people of Vrindavana from the heavy, torrential rains, storm and hailstones caused by Indra. This is one of the reasons that people perform this Puja.
What Is Bhai Dooj
Bhai Dooj is the last day of Diwali. It is celebrated by Hindus. It is believed that on this day Lord Krishna visited his sister Subhadra after killing the Narakasura. His sister with flowers and sweets welcomed him. In this day sister will put Tika and pray to Gods to protect and keep them healthy. This is the brief information about Bhai Dooj.
Diwali in Nepal
Diwali is also one of the major festivals of Nepal. It is celebrated in a grand way. As we all know, Nepal was once a Hindu kingdom under the rule of monarchs. But now, it is a secular country. Still, this festival is celebrated by all the Hindus. Diwali is also known as Tihar in Nepal, and they have their own style of celebrating this festival. Now, I will write down the 5 days of Diwali of Nepal.
This is the first day of Diwali. Kaag means ‘crow’, in this day people will feed the crows with grains and bread crumbs, as they believe it to be the Messenger Of Death. It is fed to prevent the bad omens coming in the near future.
This is the second day of Diwali in Nepal. In this day, Kukur( means dog) is fed with good foods and garland is placed around its neck. Because a dog is the most loyal and faithful to its master, so, it is celebrated to thanks the dogs.
Gai Tihar & lakshmi Puja
This day is celebrated by worshipping Gai (means cow). Cow are fed with good grasses, grains and grains powder. Because cow is considered the Goddess Lakshmi itself. So, Lakshmi Puja is also done on the same day. In this day people will clean and decorate their houses with Diyas and lights. Selroti(it is a Nepali dish, like doughnut round in shape) is prepared to celebrate this festival.
Goru Puja is done by feeding Goru( means Ox). They worship Ox as thanksgiving. Ox is considered to be the best way of livelihood as they helped us to plough the fields for cultivation. In this day, young people will play Deusi and Bhailo.
This day is celebrated as the last day of Diwali. In this day, sisters will put Tika on their brothers. In return, brothers will promise to protect their sisters as long as they have breathed in their body. Sisters will also pray for the good health and protection of their brothers to the Gods. These are the 5 days of Diwali of Nepal.
How is Diwali celebrated in Nepal?
The celebration of Diwali in Nepal is the most enjoyable. The people will celebrate it by playing Langurburjas, cards, Deusi Bhailo; kites fly competition and swing. They will prepare delicious dishes and have good food with their families and relatives. In this way, Diwali is celebrated in Nepal.
How to Decorate Diya for Diwali
Diyas are the most important factor in Diwali. It is gorgeous if you know how to decorate them beautifully. If you don’t know how to decorate them, then I will teach you how to decorate them. These are the steps to decorate Diyas for Diwali.
- Clean your house and especially a place where you want to decorate your Diyas.
- Bring out all the Diyas that you have in your house.
- Wipe them with good napkins.
- Now, place them beautifully in a row. If you want to place them horizontally or vertically, it depends on your creativity.
- Fill out all the Diyas with, good aromatic oils that soothe your mind and body.
- Now, light all of them and see the magic of Diyas burning so elegantly.
Wow! So amazing and beautiful. All the people will be looking at diyas with the great likeness. In this way, you can decorate Diyas for Diwali to please the Goddess Lakshmi as well as all your relatives, whoever has come to your house for the celebration.
How to celebrate safe Diwali
Although Diwali is a festival of lights and time for celebration, it is also a significant threat to the environment. I am not blaming Diwali but to all the people whoever is polluting the environment by bursting firecrackers and rockets bombs. We can celebrate safe Diwali by wishing your friends and relatives, happy deepawali or happy Diwali, sending happy Diwali images, lighting Diyas and beautiful electrical lights. No need to burst the horrible firecrackers just for a short enjoyment. Instead, we can donate that money to the beggars. So, that they can also celebrate the festival with great joy. In this way can celebrate a safe Diwali.
Summary of what I wrote
In this article, you will come to know elaborately about Diwali and its 5 Days of Diwali. It is very important for us to know the origin and meaning of what we are celebrating. If we just follow the tradition and culture that our ancestors have shown to us without, knowing its meaning, then, it is regrettable and pitiful. So, we need to know its meaning.
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FAQ About Diwali
Diwali is celebrated as victory over evil & light over darkness. This is believed that on this day, Lord Rama killed Ravana and returned to his kingdom after 14 years of being in exile. This is the reason to celebrate Diwali.
Lord Rama killed Ravana and returned to his kingdom after being in exile for 14 years. The people of his Kingdom were so happy that all of them lighted their houses with Diyas of his safe return. Henceforth, diwali became a festival. This is one of the story of Diwali.
The people will celebrate Diwali in a grand way by worshipping, having good foods, visiting temples and other recreational parks. Some people will celebrate by playing cards, bursting Firecrackers, phuljaris, and rocket bomb. Some will visit their relatives and spend their gala time. All these will happens at Diwali.
The lights of Diyas superposses over the magnetic field around our electromagnetic flux. It will activate the immunity provided by them in blood cells. It will help us to feel more energetic and full of life. This maybe the scientific reason to celebrate Diwali.