Diwali, the luminous festival of lights, is a profound celebration symbolizing the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. It is observed with great reverence and enthusiasm every year during the holy month of Kartik. We have with us Dr. Taara Malhotra who is India’s leading psychic energy expert, official Tarot Card Queen, Leading Numerologist in Delhi and Gurgaon and Astrologer with deep knowledge of Vedic rituals and Siddhis. She will be sharing about the legends that explain why Diwali is celebrated and how one should do Diwali Puja for attracting wealth and prosperity.
Dr. Taara Malhotra told us that Diwali is the day of Goddess Lakshmi’s Birth. “Diwali marks the birth of the goddess of
wealth, Lakshmi. According to Hindu scriptures, during the cosmic churning of the ocean, known as Samundra Manthan, both Devas and Asuras sought immortality. In the process, a multitude of divine treasures emerged, including Goddess Lakshmi, who wed Lord Vishnu. This event is celebrated as the victory of light over darkness. Hence, Lakshmi Puja on this day is very important.”
Diwali is also associated with Bhagwan Shri Ram. The epic tale of Ramayana narrates how Lord Rama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu in Treta Yug, vanquished the demon king Ravana and, after a fourteen-year exile, returned to his homeland of Ayodhya with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana. To celebrate the joyous return of their beloved King, people light up the darkest night with candles and fireworks. The Mahabharata epic reveals that, after enduring a twelve-year exile with their wife Draupadi, the Pandavas returned to Hastinapur on the day of the new Moon. The occasion is marked by the tradition of lighting earthen lamps to welcome them back.
“Diwali is also associated with Maa Kali. Kali, also known as Shyam Kali, emerged from Goddess Durga’s forehead to protect the world from the growing malevolence of evil spirits. In a fierce battle against a formidable demon, Kali’s uncontrollable rampage was halted only when Lord Shiva intervened, symbolized by his act of stepping on her and repenting. Diwali commemorates this momentous day as a symbol of the ultimate triumph of good over evil,” says Dr. Taara Malhotra.
In essence, Diwali embodies the rich tapestry of these legends, offering a unifying message of hope, prosperity, and the eternal victory of light and goodness in our lives. Dr. Taara Malhotra has also shared a concise and refined guide on how to perform Lakshmi Puja during Diwali:
Date of Diwali Lakshmi Puja: November 12, 2023
Auspicious Puja Time: 06:11 PM to 08:15 PM.
How to Prepare for Diwali Puja
- Begin by thoroughly cleaning the chosen puja area in your home.
- Position the puja area on the eastern wall of your house for auspicious energy.
- Place the idol of Lord Ganesha to the left of the Goddess Lakshmi. Both idols should face the east. Sit facing the north-east direction during the puja. If you lack physical idols, you can print images or visualize them in your mind.
How to do Lakshmi Puja:
- Prepare the platform by covering it with a red cloth. If red is unavailable, use a bright color, avoiding black or deep blue.
- Create a bed of uncooked rice on the red cloth.
- Position a kalash (pot) on the rice bed.
- Fill the kalash with 75% water and add a betel nut, a flower, a clean coin, and some rice.
- Arrange mango leaves around the neck of the kalash.
- Place a small plain plate over the kalash.
- Position the kalash on a chowki covered with red cloth. In the absence of a chowki, a pot of water can be used.
- Take a large plate and draw a swastika symbol on it.
- Reverently place the idols of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi on the right side of the kalash. You may include some coins or jewelry for wealth prosperity.
- Purify all puja items by sprinkling water on them.
- Begin the puja by applying tilak with kumkum (red powder) and offering flowers to the kalash, Lord Ganesha, and Goddess Lakshmi.
- Light a diya (lamp) or consider lighting guggal dhoop for a serene atmosphere. In the absence of these, a candle can be used.
What should you offer to Goddess Lakshmi during Diwali Puja: Present batasha (crispy sugar candy), laddoos, fruits of your choice, dry fruits, and sweets as offerings. This is called Prasad and will be distributed to everyone after the puja. In the absence of traditional Diwali sweets, plain sugar or other vegetarian sweets can be used.
Doing the Lakshmi Puja in Vedic style – as explained by Dr. Taara Malhotra
- Hold some flowers and rice in your hands.
- Close your eyes and meditate on Goddess Lakshmi while invoking her blessings.
- Recite the Mantra for abundance of wealth and prosperity
“OM HREEM SHREEM KLEEM MAHA LAKSHMI NAMAHA”
This simple Sanskrit mantra is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi.
- Place the idols of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi on a clean plate and bathe them with ‘Panchamrit,’ a mixture of milk, curd, ghee, honey, and sugar.
- Clean the idols with water and wipe them with a clean cloth. Then, place them back on the chowki (platform).
- Apply Kumkum Tilak, offer flowers, and incense to Goddess Lakshmi.
- Offer Prasad for seeking the blessings of the Goddess.
End the Lakshmi Puja with an Aarti of Maa Lakshmi.
For those who wish to know more about Diwali rituals and Diwali Siddhis for prosperity and good luck, they can connect with Dr. Taara Malhotra directly through her Instagram @taaramalhotraofficial or visit her website to book their appointment.
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