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Diwali is the festival of fireworks, fun, food and prosperity. 3. Ram and Sita returned to Ayodhya: According to
Diwali literally means a "Row of Lights." It is a time filled with Ramayana, Lord Ram killed Ravana on Dussehra. He
light and love; a time when Indians all over the world rejoice! returned with Ma Sita and Lakshman to Ayodhya on
Really, Diwali is the most festive and beautiful times of the year. Kartik Amavasya. Hence, people of Ayodhya decorated
the entire city with lamps and welcomed Lord Ram.
When is Diwali Celebrated? 4. Krishna killed Narakaasur: On the day preceding
This year Diwali will be celebrated on 3 November, 2013 i.e. Diwali, Lord Krishna killed the demon king Narakaasur
Sunday. But this will not be the only day of celebration. The and rescued 16,000 women from his captivity. The
mega festival is celebrated for 5 consecutive days. Each of celebration of this freedom went on for two days including
these 5 days holds a unique significance and different rituals. the Diwali day as a victory festival.
Find the dates for each of these days below. 5. The Return of the Pandavas: According to Mahabharata,
Dhanteras - 1 November 2013, Friday Pandavas appeared from their 12 years of exile on
Kali Chaudas - 2 November 2013, Saturday this day.
Diwali - 3 November 2013, Sunday 6. Special Day for the Arya Samaj: It was the new moon
Govardhan Puja - 4 November 2013, Monday day of Kartik (Diwali day) when Maharshi Dayananda,
th one of the greatest reformers of Hinduism and the
Bhai Duj - 5 November 2013, Tuesday
founder of Arya Samaj attained his nirvana.
As per Hindu panchang Diwali is celebrated on Amavasya of
7. Special Day for the Jains: Mahavir Tirthankar, considered
Kartik month. That means the fourteenth day in the dark half
to be the founder of modern Jainism also attained his
of Kartik which falls in the month of October or November.
nirvana on Diwali day.
Night of Amavasya is the darkest night and the festival of
Diwali adds its own colour and spark to it. 8. Special Day for the Sikhs: The third Sikh Guru Amar
Das institutionalized Diwali as a Red-Letter Day when all
Why do we celebrate Diwali? 11 Reasons to Sikhs would gather to receive the Gurus blessings. In
1577, the foundation stone of the Golden Temple at
celebrate Diwali Amritsar was laid on Diwali.
Diwali basically marks the victory of good over evil. There are 9. The Pope's Diwali Speech: In 1999, Pope John Paul II
many significant mythical and historical reasons for performed a special Eucharist in an Indian church where
celebrating Diwali. And there are reasons not just for Hindus the altar was decorated with Diwali lamps. The Pope had
but also for all others to celebrate this great Festival of Lights. a 'tilak' marked on his forehead and his speech was
1. Birth of Goddess Lakshmi: The Goddess of wealth, bristled with references to the festival of light.
Lakshmi incarnated during samudra-manthan (churning 10. The Harvest Festival: Diwali is also a harvest festival
of the ocean). It was amaavasya of the Kartik month in India. Diwali falls around the months of October or
hence; we perform Lakshmi puja on Diwali. November, which is the season when fresh rice is
2. Vishnu Rescued Lakshmi: On this very day, Vaman widely available.
(Fifith avatar of lord Vishnu) rescued Lakshmi from the 11. Hindu New Year day: This day all Hindu business men
prison of King Bali. This is another reason for change their diaries, marking it as a new financial year for
worshipping Ma Lakshmi on Diwali. their business actions.

Dhanteras or Dhantrayodashi is the first day of Diwali
celebration. "Dhan" stands for wealth and teras signify thirteenth day.
So Dhanteras is celbarted on 13th of Kartik Krishna Paksha.

Significance of Dhanteras Rituals of Diwali

During Samudra manthan, Lord Dhanavantri emerged on the day An important part of Diwali festival is Lakshmi Puja.
of Dhanteras. Lord Dhannvantri is the physician of the Gods and an This pujan is carried out in every home and especially by the
incarnation of Vishnu. businessmen.
It is also a day to set up new accounts books.
Prime Traditions of Dhanteras In the evening Lakshmi puja is organised to attain prosperity, wealth
On Dhanteras Hindus consider it auspicious to purchase gold and good fortune.
or silver articles or at least one or two new utensils. People fire cracker, light lamp, and eat sweets.
People also wish each other and exchange gifts & pleasantaries.
Dhanteras Rituals
Decorate your home and business premises. Performs laxmi puja. Govardhan Puja
Prepare sweet and other food items for Diwali celebration. Govardhan-Puja, Padwa or Bali-Pratipada is the fourth day of Diwali
To welcome Goddess Lakshmi, make colourful Rangoli and tie celebration. It is also considered as New Year day in some states.
toraan on the entrance gate.
To indicate her long-awaited arrival, small footprints are drawn Significane of Govardhan Puja
with rice flour and Kumkum. 1) On this day Lord Krishan lifted Mount Govardhan with
Lamps are kept burning all through the nights. his little finger. Hence Lord Krishna is also known as
Govardhandhari. He did this to protect brijwasis from heavy rain.
Choti Diwali / Narak Chaturdasi 2) Bali-Pratipada or Bali Padyami. The day commemorates the
Chhoti Diwali, Kali Chudas or Narak Chaturdasi is the second day of victory of Vishnu in his dwarf form Vamana over the demon-
Diwali celebration. As per the name on this day diwali is celebrated on king Bali, who was pushed into the Patal.
smaller scale. Fewer lights are lit and fewer crackers burst.
Prime Tradition of Govardhan Puja
Significance of Narak Chaturdasi Annakoot meaning mountain of food is offered in Krishna Temples.
1) After defeating Lord Indra, demon king Narakasur imprisoned
sixteen thousand daughters of the Gods and saints. Lord Rituals of Govardhan Puja
Krishna and Satyabhama (form of Shakti) destroyed People in Maharashtra and Gujarat celebrate it as New Year day.
Narakasura. And the imprisoned women were released, 56 or 108 different types of food items are cook for the Mahabhog
2) Kali Chaudash is the day when the hungry child Hanuman ji (chhapan bhog).
mistook Sun as a fruit and took it in his mouth. This caused In temples, the deities are given milkbath, dressed in shining
darkness in the entire universe. attires with ornaments of dazzling diamonds, pearls, rubies and
other precious stones.
Prime Tradition of Narak Chaturdashi You should visit a Krishna Temple to seek blessing.
On this day you should take head wash and apply kajal in on your eyes. It
is believed that kajal protects you from kali nazar (evil eye). Bhai Duj
Bhaiya Duj, Yama Dwitiya, Bhai Phota or Bhai Dooj is the fifith and
Rituals of Narak Chaturdashi last day of Diwali celebration. On this day brothers and sisters meet
Puja is offered to Lord Hanuman and Kuldev to seek protection to express love and affection for each other.
from Evil.
Some families also offer food to their forefathers on this day. Significance of Bhai Duj
Women make rangoli and prepare sweets. 1) On the dwitiya of kartik month, Yama lord of Death visited his
The men rub their bodies in perfumed oils before taking bath. sister Yamuna. Yamuna ji welcomed yam with an Aarti and they
Fireworks and oil lamps glow the dark night. had a feast together. While leaving Yama blessed his sister with
Some people also engage themselves in tantra vidya. gifts and blessing. So, the day is also called 'Yama Dwitiya'.
2) Another version Lord Krishna, after killing Narakasur, went to
Diwali meet his sister Subhadra. Subhadra welcomed him in the
Diwali is the third and most significant day of this celebration. It is traditional way by Aarti and putting a tilak on his forehead.
believed that Goddess Laxmi visits everyone during Diwali to bring
peace and prosperity for all.
Rituals of Bhai Duj
Brothers visit their sisters home on this day and have a meal there.
Main Tradition of Diwali Sisters put a tilak on her brothers forehead, and pray for his success.
"Lakshmi-Pujan" is performed in the evenings. As a token of love, brothers give gifts to their sisters.

Lakshmi Puja on Diwali
The most important ritual of Diwlai is Lakshmi puja.
It is believed that Goddess Laxmi visits everyone during Diwali to
bring peace and prosperity to all. Hence, Diwali is the most
auspicious day to worshiping Goddess Lakshmi.
She is the goddess of wealth, prosperity, and good fortune.

Lakshmi - Ganesha Puja Place pen, ink and books related to your business or occupation
Traditionally Laxmi Pujan or Lakshmi Ganesha is performed near it.
after sunset. Light a lamp and offer haldi, kumkum, and flowers to the
Lakshmi Puja consists of a combined puja of five deities: platform.
Lord Ganesha - Vighneswar, The remover of all obstacles. Offer haldi, kumkum, and flowers to the water that is to be used
for the puja. Invoke the river goddesses to be part of this water.
Goddess Lakshmi - Mahalakshmi, The goddess of wealth
and money. Worship Goddess Lakshmi
Goddess Saraswati - Mahasaraswati, The goddess of Invoke Maa Lakshmi by reciting the mantras.
knowledge and wisdom. Or simply take some flowers in your hands, close your eyes,
Goddess Kali - Mahakali, The Goddess of Courage and Power and think of goddess Lakshmi.
Lord Kubera - The treasurer of the Gods Place the idol of Lakshmi in a plate and bathe it with water,
panchamrit and then with water containing some gold
Steps of Lakshmi Puja ornament or a pearl.
Place the Kalash Wipe the idol with a soft cloth and place it back on the kalash.
Clean the house and decorate it with lights and flowers. Offer sandal paste, saffron paste, perfume, haldi, kumkum,
To begin lakshmi puja lay down new red cloth on a raised abeer, and gulal to the goddess. Offer a garland of cotton
platform ( charang). beads to the goddess.
Place a handful of grains (Wheat or rice) in the centre of the Offer flowers, especially the marigold flowers and Bel Patra.
cloth. Light an incense stick and dhoop.
Place a Kalash and fill three-fourth of it with water. Offer sweets, coconut, fruits, and tambul.
Now place a betel nut (Paan leave), a flower, a coin, and some
rice grains in it.
Worship Kuber
Arrange five kinds of leaves or 5 mango leaves at the mouth of Worship your Tijoori (safe where you keep money and jewelry)
kalash. as a symbol of Lord Kuber.
Place a small dish on the kalash and fill it with rice grains. Dos And Donts of Aarti for Goddess Laxmi
Draw a lotus with turmeric powder ( haldi ) over the rice grains
Perform the aarti for goddess Lakshmi with your entire family.
and place the idol of goddess Lakshmi over it, along with coins
Maa Lakshmi dislikes loud noise.
(gold or silver coins).
A peaceful and sublime atmosphere should exist during the
Place Sri yantra or Maha Meru Yantra to attract Ma Maha Laxmi
diwali pujan.
Worship Lord Ganesha So do not clap hands, as is the practice when performing aarti for
Place the idol of Lord Ganesha on the right (South-West other Gods.
direction) of Kalash. Simply use a small bell to accompany aarti.
Do not light crackers while the puja is on or immediately after it.

Mantra for Laxmi Puja
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Kubera Money Mantra (God of Wealth)

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Lakshmi Gayatri Mantra

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Lakshmi Prachodayat Om

Maha Lakshmi Amritvani

Vishva ki aie kamleshwari laxmi daya nidhaan
Timir haro agyan ka gyan ka do vardan
Aath siddhiya dwar tere khadi hai lakar jyot
Nij bhaktan ki naav ko tat ki or tu mod
Nirdhan ham lachaar bade tu hai dhan ka kosh
Shukh ki varsha bhar ke maa har lo dukh ka dosh

Maa Lakshmi Aarti
Jai Lakshmi Maataa, Maiyaa jaya Lakshmi Maataa
Tumako nishadina dhyaavata, hara Vishnu Vidhaataa, Om jai Lakshmi Maata

Brahmaanii, Rudraanii, Kamalaa, tuuhii hai jaga Maataa

Suurya Chandramaa dhyaavata, Naarada Rishi gaataa, Om jai Lakshmi Maata

Durgaa ruupa nirantara, Sukha Sampati daataa

Jo koi tumako dhyaavata, Riddhi Siddhi Dhana paataa, Om jai Lakshmi Maata

Tuuhii hai Paataala Basantii, tuuhii Shubha daataa

Karma prabhaava prakaashaka, Jaganidhi ke traataa, Om jai Lakshmi Maata

Jisa ghara mein tuma rahatii, saba Sadaguna aataa

Kara sake koii kara le, mana nahin ghabaraataa, Om jai Lakshmi Maata

Tuma bina Yagya na hove, Vastra na koii paataa

Khaana paana kaa Vaibhava, saba tumase hii aataa, Om jai Lakshmi Maata

Shubha Guna Mandira Sundara, Kshirodadhi jaataa

Ratana Chaturdasha tuma hii, koii nahiin paataa, Om jai Lakshmi Maata

Aartii Lakshmii jii kii, jo koii nara gaataa

Ura Aananda Umanga ati, paapa utara jaataa, Om jai Lakshmi Maata

Goddess Lakshmi is the Supreme
Goddess of Abundant Wealth and Prosperity!
Chant 108 names of Goddess Lakshmi to bring Health,
Wealth and Prosperity to your whole Family.

Prakruti Nature Chandravadana Moon-faced

Vikruti Multi-faceted nature Chanda Cool like the moon
Vidya Wisdom Chandrasahodari Sister of the Moon
Sarvabhootahitaprada One who grants universal necessities Chaturbhuja with four arms
Shraddha Devoted Chandrarupa Moon-faced
Vibhuti Wealth Indira Radiant like the sun
Surabhi Celestial being Indusheetala Cool like the moon
Paramatmika Omnipresent Ahladajanani Source of happiness
Vachi Nectar-like speech Pushti Healthy
Padmalaya Residing on the lotus Shiva Auspicious
Padma Lotus Shivakari Source of auspicious things
Shuchi Embodiment of purity Satya All truth
Swaha Shape of swahadevi (Auspicious) Vimala Pure
Swadha Shape of swadhadevi Vishwajanani Mother of the universe
Sudha Nectar Pushti Possessor of all wealth
Dhanya Personification of gratitude Daridriyanashini Remover of poverty
Hiranmayi Golden appearance PreetaPushkarini One with pleasing eyes
Lakshmi Goddess of wealth Shanta Full with peace or calm
NityaPushta Gaining strength day by day Shuklamalambara Wearer of white garland and attire
Vibha Radiant Bhaskari Radiant like the sun
Kantha Consort of vishnu Bilvanilaya Resider under bilva tree
Kamakshi One with attractive eyes Vararoha Ready to offer boons
Kamalasambhava Emanating from the lotus Yashaswini Reputed
Anugrahaprada Granter of good wishes Vasundhara Daughter of the earth
Buddhi Wisdom Udaranga Endowed with a beautiful body
Anagha Sinless Harini Deer-like
Navadurga All Nine forms of durga Hemamalini Having golden garlands
Harivallabhi Consort of lord hari Dhanadhanyaki Bestower of wealth and foodgrains
Ashoka Dispeller of sorrows Siddhi Ever ready to protect straina
Amrutha Nectar Soumya Showering goodness on women
Deepa Radiant Shubhaprada Granter of auspicious things
Lakashokavinashini Remover of universal agonies Nrupaveshvagathananda Loves to live in palaces
Dharmanilaya Establisher of eternal law Varalakshmi Granter of bounty
Karuna Compassionate Vasuprada Bestower of wealth
Lokamatri Mother of the universe Shubha Auspicious
Padmapriya Lover of lotus Hiranyapraka Amidst gold
Padmahasta Having lotus-like hands Samudratanaya Beloved daughter of the ocean of milk
Padmakshya Lotus-eyed Jaya Goddess of victory
Padmasundari Beautiful like the lotus Mangala Most auspicious
Padmodbhava One who emerged out of the lotus Devi The deity
Padmamukhi Lotus-faced Vishnuvakshah Residing in vishnus chect
Padmanabhapriya Beloved of padmanabha Vishnupatni Consort of vishnu
Ramaa Pleaser of the lord Prasannakshi Lively-eyed
Padmamaladhara Wearer of lotus garland NarayanaSamashrita Sought refuge in narayana
Devi Goddess DaridriyaDhwamsini Destroyer of poverty
Padmini Lotus Devi Goddess
Padmagandhini Having the fragrance of lotus Sarvapadravanivarini Dispeller of all distresses
Punyagandha Having divine perfume Mahakali A form of kali
Suprasanna Ever cheerful and beaming Brahma-Vishnu-Shivatmika Trinity of brahma-vishnu-shiva
Prasadabhimukhi Emerging to grant boons Trikala Dnyanasampanna
Prabha Radiant like the sun Bhuvaneshwarya Supreme diety

Ashta Lakshmi Stotram is one of the great devotional prayers to venerate
Asta Lakshmi or the Eight Lakshmis. Ashtalakshmis are regarded as the
secondary manifestations of Goddess Lakshmi Devi.

Ashta Lakshmi of the Eight Lakshmis are Adi Lakshmi (Mother Lakshmi),
Dhanya Lakshmi (Lakshmi of Grains), Dhairya Lakshmi (Lakshmi of Courage),
Gaja Lakshmi (Lakshmi of Elephants), Santana Lakshmi (Lakshmi of Progeny),
Vijaya Lakshmi (Lakshmi of Victory), Vidhya Lakshmi (Lakshmi of Knowledge),
and Dhana Lakshmi (Lakshmi of Wealth)

Ashta Lakshmi Stotram Lyrics -

Adi Lakshmi (Mother Lakshmi or Primeval Vijaya Lakshmi (Lakshmi of Victory)
Lakshmi) Jaya kamalasini, sadgathidayini, jnanavikasiniganamaye,
Sumanasavandhitha, madhavi Chandra sahodharihemamaye, Anudinamarchithakumkumadhoosara
Muniganamanditha, moksha pradhayini, manjulabhashini, bhooshithavaasithavadhyanuthe, Kanakadharasthuthivaibhava
vedanuthe, Pankajavasini deva supoojitha sadgunavarshani, vandithashankaradesikamanyapathe, Jaya jaya he
santhiyuthe, Jaya jaya hey madhusoodhanakamini madhusoodhanakamini Vijayalakshmisadapalayamaam.
Vidhya Lakshmi (Lakshmi of Knowledge)
Dhanya Lakshmi (Lakshmi of Grains)
Pranathasureswari, bharathi, bhargavi shokavinasini,
Ayio kali kalmashanasini, kamini, Vaidhikaroopini, vedamaye, rathnamaye, Mani mayabhooshitha karma vibhooshana,
Ksheerasamudhbhavamangalaroopini, Manthranivasini, Santhisamavruthahasyamukhe, Nava nidhidhayinikalimalaharini,
manthranuthe, Mangaladhayini, ambujavasini, deva Kamithaphalapradhahasthayuthe, Jaya jaya he
ganarchithapadayuthe, Jaya jaya he madhusoodhanakamini madhusoodhanakamini Vidhyalakshmisadapalayamaam.
Dhana Lakshmi (Lakshmi of Wealth)
Dairya Lakshmi (Lakshmi of Courage)
Dhimidhimidhindhimidhindhimidhindhimi, dundubhi nada
Jaya varavarnani, vaishnavi, Bhargavi, manthraswaroopini, supoornamaye, Ghumaghumaghumaghumaghumaghuma,
manthramaye, Suraganapoojithaseegraphalapradha, Sankhaninadhasuvadhyanoothe, Veda puranethihasasupoojitha,
Jnanavikasini, sasthranuthe, Bhavabhayaharini, papa vimochini, Vaidhikamargapradarsayuthe, Jaya jaya he
Sadujanarchithapadayuthe, Jaya jaya he madhusoodhanakamini madhusoodhanakamini Danalakshmisadapalayamaam.
Lakshmi Gayatri Mantra Lyrics - Gayatri Mantra of Goddess
Laxmi Devi
Gaja Lakshmi (Lakshmi of Elephants)
"Om Mahadevyai Cha Vidmahe Vishnupatnyai Cha Dheemai
Jaya jayadurgathinasinikamini, Sarvaphalapradhasastramaye,
Tanno Lakshmi Prachodayat
Parijanamandithalokanuthe, Harihara brahma supoojithasevitha
Thapanivarinipadayuthe, Jaya jaya he madhusoodhanakamini Meaning of Lakshmi Gayatri Mantra -
Om, Let me meditate on the Greatest Goddess, Who is the
wife of Lord Vishnu, Give me higher Intellect, And let
Santana Lakshmi (Lakshmi of Progeny) Goddess Lakshmi illuminate my mind.
Ayikaghavahini, mohini, chakrini, raga vivrdhni, jnanamaye,
Gunaganavaridhi, lokahithaishini,
Swarasapthabhooshithagananuthe, Sakalasurasura deva
muneeswara, Manhavavandhithapadayuthe, Jaya jaya he
madhusoodhanakamini Santhanaalakshmisadapalayamaam.

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