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Celebrate this Diwali with Firstobject Technologies Ltd.

Firstepandit, an ecommerce division of Firstobject Technologies Ltd, brings right into the comforts of your house the sparkling traditional Diwali. For all those of you who always thought, you cannot celebrate Diwali in its true and original traditional grandeur owing to the non availability of priests. We have come to help you.

Meaning & Significance

Deepavali is rightly called as the festival of lights, where people from all age groups participate by lighting earthen ‘diyas’ (lamps) and decorating their houses.

In Hinduism darkness represents ignorance, and light is a metaphor for knowledge. Therefore, lighting a lamp symbolizes the destruction of all evil through the forces of knowledge

Diwali or Deepavali is basically a celebration spread across 5 days.

1. Dhanteras : Dhanteras is the first day of the Depavali Festivitiesl. Dhanteras is also called as Dhantrayodashi or Dhanwantari Triodasi. “Dhan” in local languages mean Money. On Dhanteras Goddess Laxmi is worshiped to provide wealth, prosperity and well being. This day is of great significance to the traders of businessmen.

2. Narak Chaturdasi : Narak Chaturdasi is celebrated on the day before Diwali. On Naraka Chaturdasi celebrations involve a ritual puja to Goddess Lakshmi and also to Rama in the evening. Songs in honor of the god are sung and aarti is performed.

3. Lakshmi Puja on Diwali : The third day of Diwali is the Lakshmi-puja. Lakshmi Puja consists of a combined puja of the following Gods : Lord Ganesha at the beginning of all auspicious acts as Vighnaharta; The remover of obstacles. Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped in her three forms – Mahalakshmi (the goddess of wealth), Mahasaraswati (the goddess of learning), and Mahakali; ( the goddess of death) and Kuber (the treasurer of the gods).

4. Padwa & Govardhan Puja : The day following the Amavasya is Kartik Shuddh Padwa and Govardhan-Puja is performed around Gujarat, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Based on a mythological story of Lord Krishna who lifted the Mountain of Gowardhan to protect the villagers from the fury of Lord Indra.

5. Bhai Duj / Bhaiya Duj / Bhai Dooj

The fifth or the last day of diwali is Bhai Dooj. On this day as per the mythological story of Lord Yama and his sister Yami, Sisters perform puja for their brothers safety and well being. Brothers in return give tokens of love to their sisters.

Lakshmi Pooja : Goddess Lakshmi is the eternal giver of beauty, fortune and money.

Steps in Lakshmi Pooja

a) Spread a sheet of virgin cloth on a raised bench or platform: spread a handful of grains in the center and, upon this, place a kalash (pitcher) made of gold, silver, copper, or brass. Fill the kalash with water up to the neck and place a betel nut, a flower, a coin, and some rice grains in it. Arrange mango leaves in the kalash. Place a small dish on the kalash and fill it with rice grains. Draw a lotus with turmeric powder (haldi) over the rice grains and place the idol of goddess Lakshmi over it, along with a few coins.

b) Place the idol of Lord Ganesha in front of the kalash, on the right (South-West direction), place the idol of Ganesha. Place books and accessories related to your business or occupation on the raised bench or platform. Light a lamp and begin the puja by offering turmeric, vermilion (kumkum), and flowers to the platform on which the kalash is placed. Then offer haldi, kumkum, and flowers to the water that is to be used for the puja.

c) Invoke goddess Lakshmi by reciting the Vedic mantras addressed to her. One can also recite the mantras mentioned in the Puranas or simply take some flowers in your hands, close your eyes, and think of goddess Lakshmi being showered with gold coins by two elephants standing on either side of Her and chant Her name. Then offer the flowers to the idol.

d) Place the idol of goddess Lakshmi in a plate and bathe it with water, panchamrit (a preparation of milk, curd, ghee or clarified butter, honey, and sugar) and then with water containing some gold ornament or a pearl. Wipe the idol clean and place it back on the kalash. Alternately, you can just sprinkle water and panchamrit on the idol with a flower.

Offerings: Offer sandal paste, saffron paste, rosewater, haldi, kumkum, and vermillionl to the goddess. Offer flowers, especially the marigold flowers and leaves of Bel (wood apple tree). Light an incense stick and dhoop. Make an offering of sweetmeats, coconut, fruits. Pour some puffed rice, batasha, coriander seeds, and cumin seeds over the idol.

Aarti:

Perform an aarti for goddess Lakshmi. A calm and sublime atmosphere should prevail during the diwali day pujan. Crackers are burst and celebrations begin only after the aarti is well over.

The Subh Muhurats for Lakshmi Poojan this Deepavali 2010 are as under:

November 5, 2010.:   8:00 AM – 11:59 PM, 1:30 PM – 2.47 PM, 5:35 PM – 6.59 PM, 10:11 PM – 11:47 PM.

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