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Diwali in Maharashtra – Mumbai – Pune - Nashik

Diwali is the most popular festival associated with Hindu religion. Diwali 2024 date in Maharashtra – Mumbai – Pune - Nashik is November 1. Diwali literally means ‘an array of lamps’ and symbolizes the removal of spiritual darkness and the ushering in of knowledge capable of realizing Brahman (That) – the Supreme Being present in all living and nonliving.

Diwali Dates In 2024 In Maharashtra

Govatsa Dwadashi and Vasubaras on October 28
Dhanteras or Dhantrayodashi or Yamadeepdaan  is on October 29
Narak Chaturdashi on October 31
Diwali on November 1
Lakshmi Puja on November 1
Abhyang Snan - November 1
Govardhan Puja – November 2
Annakut - November 2
Abhyang Snan - November 2
Diwali Padwa – November 2
Bali Pratipada – November 2
Bhau Beej – November 3
Yama Dwitiya – November 3

Diwali is celebrated by all Hindu communities but the reasons and legends differ from place to place and from community to community. The most important legend associated with Diwali is the return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. It is believed that people lit lamps on the day to welcome Lord Rama, Mata Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman.

Lakshmi Puja during Diwali is observed as it is believed that Goddess Lakshmi emerged from the ocean on this day during the ‘samudra manthan’ (churning of ocean) by demons and gods as mentioned in the Puranas. So for the business people, the new business year begins on Diwali.

The making of Shivaji Khilas during Diwali is an important and unique aspect in Maharashtra.