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Today – November 3, 2013 – is Diwali – Important Rituals and Pujas on Diwali day

Today – November 3, 2013 – is Diwali – Deepavali – literally means 'an array of lamps. It signifies the victory of good over evil. On a symbolic level, the removal of spiritual darkness and the ushering in of knowledge capable of removing suffering.

Ganesh, Lakshmi and Kuber Puja are the most important pujas on Diwali day. But apart from this there are numerous other rituals and festivals that are held on the day. Here is a list of pujas and rituals and festivals observed on Diwali day on November 3, 2013:

Abhyanga Snan – Ritual bathing during Diwali
Yama Tarpanam – For dead Ancestors
Kali Puja – Worship of Goddess Kali in Bengal
Sharda Puja – Dedicated to Goddess Saraswati
Lakshmi Puja – Worship of Goddess Lakshmi
Kamala Mahavidya Jayanti – Worship of Goddess Kamala – Tantric worship of Goddess Lakshmi
Tihar Festival – Diwali in Nepal
Chopda Puja – Muhurat Puja in Gujarat and Rajasthan