Diwali Today: The Festival of Lights and Happiness

Follow these rituals to please Goddess Laxmi! On this very joyful and felicitous occasion, know the auspicious time for puja and follow the rituals and customs for Laxmi Pujan.




Diwali is one of the most important festivals in Hinduism and celebrated with full fervour, enthusiasm and energy. Said to be a festival of lights, it signifies the victory of good over evil, light over darkness. Brightly-lit diyas placed all over the house drive away any bad omen or darkness from one’s life and create a sense of hope and positivity around. On this day, Goddess Mahalaxmi is worshipped with full fervour and enthusiasm. According to Hindu Panchang, the festival of lights is celebrated on the night of Amavasya (dark moon lunar phase) during the month of Kartik. Apart from India and Nepal, Diwali is celebrated in various parts of the world by numerous sectors (hindus, sikhs, jains, buddhists) of the society.


Diwali Puja Muhurat 2017



Laxmi Puja Muhurat19:13:28 to 20:19:19
Duration1 hour 5 minutes
Pradosh Kaal17:47:58 to 20:19:19
Vrishabh Kaal19:13:28 to 21:09:16

Timings are applicable for New Delhi. Know the exact muhurat for your city: Diwali Puja Muhurat 2017



It is a custom to worship Goddess Mahalaxmi. After sunset and before the night, Goddess Laxmi, Lord Ganesh and Goddess Saraswati are worshipped. For common people, pradosh kaal is best to carry out the customs, whereas nisheeth kaal is best to carry out tantric puja. 


Religious Significance And Legend


There are many popular stories creeping from the historic past of Hinduism which signifies the importance of this day. Out of these, mythologies related to Lord Ram and Lord Krishna are the most narrated and popular:

  • It is believed that on the night of Amavasya, Lord Ram came back from the exile after 14 long years to Ayodhya. In order to celebrate his comeback, people lit diyas all around the state and danced merrily, citing his tales and praising him.

  • Another story goes with Lord Krishna killing evil demon Narkasur on Narak Chaturdashi and relieving people and sages from his cruelty. Along with that, he freed 16 thousand women from the jails of those monsters. People lit diyas the very next day to celebrate the liberation, hence starting the very custom of Diwali.

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As per astrological point of view, the festival of Diwali holds a great importance. Around this festival, sun and moon resides in the Libra zodiac sign, which is said to be benefic and fruitful as per vedic charts. Due to these religious, astrological and historical significances, Diwali is considered as one of the widely celebrated Hindu festivals.

Happy Diwali to all readers of AstroSage! We hope that this festival of Diwali brings happiness and prosperity to your life.

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