Diwali 2018 Laxmi Puja Vidhi, Muhurat, Time, Samagri, Mantra: The festival of lights, Diwali, is here and celebrations are in full swing. Streets are filled with colourful lights and diyas, tables are laden with sumptuous food and cards for teen patti are already being dealt.
Diwali generally falls on the darkest new moon night that is also known as Amavasya. According to the Hindu, Lunisolar calendar, it falls in the month of Kartika, which is usually between mid-October and mid-November.
Generally, people clean their homes and office spaces before Diwali and then decorate it with lamps, lights, marigold flowers, mango or banana leaves and rangolis. People also invest in gold and silver and also buy the finest ethnic wear for Lakshmi puja. Some even keep a day-long fast on the day of Lakshmi puja.
A complete Diwali Puja involves the following:
Atma shodhan: Self-purification
Sankalp: A solemn vow to perform Diwali Puja rituals
Shanti-Patha: Shanti Patha Mantra is recited to bring peace, happiness and prosperity in everyone’s life.
Mangal-Patha: Recited to fulfill wishes in everyone’s life.
Kalash-Sthapana: Placement of the water-filled urn on seeds of grains.
Bhagawan Ganapati Puja: Sankshipt five-step Ganesha Pujan Vidhi
Nav-Graha Puja: Sankshipt Navagraha Pujan
Shodasha Matrika-Puja: Sankshipt Shodasha Matrika Pujan
New Ganesha Pratima Puja: Shodashopachara Puja of Shri Ganesha
New Shri-Lakshmi Pratima Puja: Shodashopachara Puja of Shri Lakshmi
Maha Kali Puja: Maha-Kali Puja on Lekhani-Dawat
Saraswati Puja: Offer prayers to Goddess Saraswati
Kuber Puja: Shri Kuber-Puja on Tijori-Baksa
Deep-Malika Puja: All necessary Puja steps for Deep-Malika Puja Vidhi
Visarjan: Formal conclusion of Diwali Puja with prayer and aarti
Lakshmi Puja Muhurta — 5:57pm to 7:53pm
Duration — 1 hours 55 mins
Pradosh Kaal — 5:27pm to 8:06pm
Vrishabha Kaal — 5:57pm to 7:53pm
Amavasya Tithi Begins — 10:27pm on November 6
Amavasya Tithi Ends — 9:31pm on November 7
Diwali celebrations are more extravagant in north Indian states. It marks the victory of Lord Rama against the mighty king Ravana.