India is the land of festivals and one of the most celebrated festivals in the country is that of Diwali, the festival of lights. Though this festival is a part of Hindu religion and culture, it is celebrated in every nook and corner of the country and by people of diverse religions and cultures. Not only this, Diwali is celebrated around the world too. The festive occasion falls on the day of Amavasya (no moon day) in the Hindu month of Kartik, which corresponds with the month of October or November. Though most of us associate Diwali with lights and crackers, the most important ritual of the festival is Laxmi Puja. Essentially, this festival is dedicated to Goddess Laxmi and her worship is believed to bring happiness and prosperity.
Laxmi Puja is performed by keeping a Manglik Kalash on a raised platform, along with the idols of the goddess and Lord Ganesha. Along with it, unpeeled coconut, marigold flowers, akshata or unbroken rice, sweets and wheat flour on a piece of red cloth, are used for the ritual. Additionally, the home or office is decorated with lighted earthen lamps (diyas) and candles. Also, Laxmi and Ganesha aarti are sung along with some hymns praising them. People pray for the happiness and prosperity of their business and family.
Besides following the right rituals for Laxmi Puja, it is equally important to follow the right mahurat, because it is believed to bring good luck only then. The puja should preferably be done during the Pradosh Kaal and Sthir Lagna, which ensures that Laxmi stays within your home.
Diwali Laxmi Puja Shubh Mahura and Date 2016
Diwali 2016 falls on 30th October. Here are the best mahurat kaal for Laxmi Puja this Diwali 2016:
Diwali Pradosh Kaal Muhurat
Lakshmi Puja Muhurat from 18:14 to 19:53
Pradosh Kaal Puja Muhurat from 17:18 to 19:53
Vrishabha Kaal from 18:14 to 20:11
Amavasya Tithi Starts at 20:40 on 29 October 2016
Amavasya Tithi Ends at 23:08 on 30 October 2016
Wishing you all Happy Diwali 2016!
Jai Maa Lakshmi.
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