Diwali 2022 Story, Rituals, Muhurat, and Importance
Diwali is a very important festival of Hinduism, which is also known by different names all over the world, such as Deepawali, the festival of lights, etc. On this day, people gather for a special feast by cleaning and decorating their house and celebrate this festival by lighting fireworks. In India, Diwali is celebrated with great enthusiasm. The name of this festival is made up of two deep words (dip+avali), in which Deep means "light" and Avail means "one row".
The festival of light is approaching soon, and we will all be busy thinking about how to celebrate Diwali this year, so here is how you will celebrate your Diwali this year.
Story of Diwali
The sparkling festival of light, Diwali symbolizes light over darkness, victory over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. Every year in the holiest month of Kartik, Diwali is celebrated with great holiness and enthusiasm. Here are the four main stories out of six-story about why we celebrate Diwali.
Birthday of Goddess Lakshmi: It is said that on Diwali, the goddess of wealth Lakshmi incarnated from the depths of the bottomless sea. According to Hindu scriptures, at one time, both Devas and Asuras were mortal. To seek the immortal kingdom, he churned the ocean for the nectar of immortality, also known as the Samudra Manthan. During the practice, many celestial bodies came into existence, and one of them was Goddess Lakshmi and who was later married to Lord Vishnu. And thus, this day is marked as light over darkness.
The victory of Sri Lord Rama: The Ramayana, composed by sage Valmiki, describes how Lord Rama defeated the demon king Ravana and conquered Lanka. After fourteen years of exile, Lord Rama, Mata Sita, and Lakshmana returned to Ayodhya after completing their exile.
Return of the Pandavas: It is told in the Mahabharata that it was the new moon day when the Pandavas, along with their wife Draupadi, returned to Hastinapur after 12 years of exile. Thus on his return to Hastinapur, the day was celebrated by lighting clay lamps as part of the traditional rituals.
Goddess Kali: Kali, also known as Shyam Kali. According to legends, long ago when the gods were defeated in a battle with the demons, Goddess Kali was born from the forehead of Goddess Durga to protect the earth from the increasing cruelty of evil spirits. After launching a devastating attack on the demon, he lost his control and started killing whoever came in his way, so Lord Shiva had to intervene to stop him. That cruel moment is depicted as the moment she steps on GOD and repented. Since then that day is celebrated as the day of victory of good over evil.
During Diwali Puja, place a red cloth on the puja post and place Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha idols on it. Then do tilak, offer flowers, and light a lamp with the mixture of ghee. After that offer water, Roli, rice, fruits, jaggery, turmeric, and Gulal and then start the worship. Remember that all the family members should be present during the puja.
Important Dates and Muhurat of Diwali 2022
Diwali will be celebrated on 24 October 2022, from 5:28 pm to 25 October at 4:19 pm.
Lakshmi Puja Muhurta is from 6.54 pm to 8.18 pm in the evening.
Importance of Diwali
The five-day Diwali celebrations are marked by various traditions but it is a celebration of life, enthusiasm, joy, and well-being as a whole. Diwali is celebrated for its spiritual significance which signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.
How do People Celebrate Diwali?
Just as the stories of Diwali vary from region to region, the customs and festivities also change with every culture. The most common practice in every culture, region, and people is the abundance of sweets, family gatherings, and the lighting of earthen lamps. The lighting of the clay lamp symbolizes the inner light which protects the house from evil darkness.
Common rituals and festivities of Diwali throughout India are cleaning the house, performing pujas, preparing and distributing sweets, decorating the house with clay lamps and Rangoli, and enjoying with friends and family with feasts and fireworks.
May the festival of Diwali bring happiness to everyone's life, we wish you all best wishes. Talk to Astrologer to know how to do Puja on Diwali.