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Diwali Festival Information - A complete Guide along with Diwali Calendar 2018 With Puja Dates and Time

The most popular Hindu festival Diwali literally means ‘an array of lamps.’ Here is a complete guide to the most famous festival in Hindu religion. Diwali 2018 date is November 7 as per Hindu Calendar - India Standard Time. It will be observed on November 7 in Tamil Nadu and in other regions in South India. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil – where the good and the evil are present in us. Lakshmi Puja 2018 date is November 7. Diwali 2018 dates and calendar is given below in detail –

Diwali 2018 Dates – Calendar

  • Vasubaras – November 4, 2018
  • Govatsa Dwadasi – November 4
  • Vagh Baras – November 4
  • Guru Dwadasi – November 4, 2018

Diwali Day 1 - November 5

  • Dhantrayodasi 
  • Dhanteras 
  • Yam Deep Daan 
  • Dhanvantri Jayanti 
  • Tihar Festival begins in Nepal 
  • Jalapoorna Trayodasi 

Diwali Day 2 - November 6

  • Deepavali Festival in Tamil Nadu and South India – November 6, 2018
  • Naraka Chaturdashi
  • Abhayanga Snan
  • Kali Chaudas
  • Roop Chaturdasi
  • Hanuman Puja
  • Kali Puja in Bengal
  • Bhuta Chaturdashi
  • Neer Thumba Habba
  • Choti Diwali
  • Kukur Tihar in Nepal

Diwali Day 3 November 7 - The most important date

  • Diwali in North – West – East – November 7, 2018
  • Abhayanga Snan
  • Lakshmi Puja – November 7
  • Kamala Mahavidya Jayanti
  • Kuber Puja
  • Sharda Puja
  • Kedar Gauri Vrat 
  • Chopda Pujan

Diwali Day 4 November 8

  • Diwali Padwa
  • Govardhan Puja
  • Annakut 
  • Bali Pratipada or Bali Padyami 
  • Gujarati New Year or Nutan Varsh 

Diwali Day 4  November 9

  • Bhai Dooj
  • Yama Dwitiya 
  • Chitragupta Puja

Some Important Information on Diwali

  1. Diwali lamps signify the removal of spiritual darkness and the ushering in of knowledge capable of realizing Brahman (That) – the Supreme Being present in all animate and inanimate.
  2. There are several reasons for celebrating Diwali. The most important one is the commemoration of the return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile.
  3. 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.
  4. In South India, Diwali is the day in which Lord Krishna killed the demon Narakasura.
  5. In Gujarat, the day after Diwali is observed as Annakut – New Year’s Day.
  6. Dhanteras is celebrated two days before Diwali honors Dhanvantari, the physician of the gods. He is believed to have emerged from the ocean on this day during samudra manthan.
  7. In Orissa, the lights are lit to show the path to the spirits of ancestors returning to heaven.
  8. In Bengal, Diwali is celebrated as Kali Puja. It is believed that Goddess Kali killed the demon Raktavija on this day.

All You Need to Know About Diwali
Abhyanga Snan – Ritual bathing during Diwali
Yama Tarpanam – For dead Ancestors
Naraka Chaturdasi – Deepavali celebrations in South India
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
Vasubaras – Dedicated to Cow in Maharashtra
Vagh Barash – Dedicated to Cow and other domesticated animals in Gujarat
Govatsa Dwadasi – Dedicated to Cow in Gujarat
Neer Thumba Habba – Cleaning of vessel and ritual bath in Karnataka
Bhuta Chaturdashi – Dedicated to Bhutas or goblins
Choti Diwali – The day before Diwali
Govardhan Puja – Commemoration of Sri Krishna lifting the Govardhan Mountain
Annakut – Offering of food to Deities
Vikram Smavat 2075 - Gujarati New Year
Bali Pratipada / Bali Padyami – Celebrating the return and rule of King Bali
Vishwakarma Puja – Dedicated to Vishwakarma the divine architect of the universe
Yama Dwitiya – dedicated to Yama
Chopada Puja – Opening of new account books for some communities
Chitragupta Puja – Rituals dedicated to Chitragupta – one who keeps accounts of good and bad deeds on earth.

Diwali Puja Timings
Diwali Pushya Nakshatra Date and Time
Dhanteras Puja Time
Lakshmi Puja Time
Various Diwali Puja Timings

Did You Know

  • In addition to Hindus, Sikhs celebrate Diwali in commemoration of the release of the Sixth Guru, Hargobind, from captivity by the Mughal Emperor Jehangir.
  • Jains recognize Diwali as the day Lord Mahavira, the last of the Tirthankaras, attained Nirvana, or liberation, after his death in 527 BCE.
  • The only major state in India that does not observe Diwali is Kerala.
  • Bhagya Lakshmi is worshipped during Diwali by gambling. Playing of cards and gambling are seen as an attempt to know the luck during the coming year.
  • Indians spend over Rs 25,000 crore (Rs 250 billion) on Diwali shopping.
  • The Diwali cracker industry is worth more than 5000 crore (Rupees 50 billion)