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How to perform Lakshmi Puja at home during Diwali?

Lakshmi Puja is an important ritual during Diwali or Deepavali. There were numerous queries on how to do Lakshmi Puja at home? There is no straightforward answer to this question as the ritual varies from region to region. But here is a simple guide to perform Lakshmi Puja during Diwali. In 2017, Diwali Lakshmi Puja is on October 19.

First and foremost step is to clean the house. Through the puja we are inviting Goddess Lakshmi to our house and she likes everything to be neat and clean. In some communities, even the broom is worshipped on the Lakshmi Puja day. This symbolically represents the need for cleanliness.

Three forms of Shakti – Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess Saraswathi and Goddess Durga –Lord Ganesh and Lord Kubera are worshipped on the day. No puja is performed without paying customary tributes to Lord Ganesha. Lord Kubera, represents wealth, and he is the treasurer of Gods. In homes, usually the locker or safe in which gold and cash is kept symbolically represents the seat of …

Why do people take oil bath on Diwali and Naraka Chaturdashi?

There is a tradition of taking oil bath during Naraka Chaturdashi and Diwali. This ritual is known as Neer Thumba Habba in Karnataka and Abhyanga Snan in Maharashtra. In other regions too there is a tradition of taking oil bath during Diwali. Symbolically oil bath on Narak Chaturdasi and Deepavali suggest new beginning – removing all the ego, anger, fights, pride and jealousy of the previous year and a fresh new beginning. A physical cleansing of the body and a spiritual cleansing of the mind with new hope.
Legend has it that Lord Krishna after witnessing Sathyabhama killing Demon Narakasura took an oil bath to get rid of the blood spattered on his body.
Another popular belief is that ritual cleansing of the body is to remove all dirt, evil and inauspicious things before the arrival of Goddess Lakshmi on the next day. The oil bath thus has a symbolic meaning – a new beginning after washing away all dirt.
It is said that those who perform the oil bath on Naraka Chaturdashi and Diwa…

Symbolism in the Image of Goddess Kali

The image of Goddess Kali is full of hidden symbolism.   Her dark colour represents the infinite.The name Kali refers to her colour, which is black, and represents the infinite. But it also refers to time. That itself gives us a clue to her function, because time, space, and causation are all processes of maya, the great illusion. Time, as we all know, truly is the all-destroyer. Nothing in this world can escape from destruction due to time.Her three eyes represent knowledge of the past, present, and future. Kali has four arms, representing the dualities of this world. Her two right arms represent the benign aspect. She bestows fearlessness and boons with those. While her two left arms, holding a sword and a severed head, and most of the rest of her, represent the terrible aspect. Here we have her function of causation — creating and destroying, as well as of the dual experience in this world. Everything comes from her and everything dissolves back into her. Her red tongue sticking out…

Hindu Calendar Today – October 14, 2017 – Tithi, Vrat, Good - Auspicious Time, Nakshatra, Rashi and Festivals

Tithi in Hindu Calendar, Today, on Saturday, October 14, 2017 – Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon inHindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Krishna Paksha Navami Tithi or the ninth day during the waning phase of moon till 5:38 AM on October 14. Then onward it is Krishna Paksha Dasami Tithi or the tenth day during the waning phase of moon till 3:41 AM on October 15.All time based on India Standard Time.
How is October 14, 2017, as per Hindu Panchang? – Good and auspicious time till 2:35 PM. Nakshatra – Pushya or Pooyam or Poosam Nakshatra till 9:53 AM on October 14. Then onward it is Aslesha or Ayiliyam Nakshatram till 8:42 AM on October 15.
In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and south Rajasthan), Pushya or Pooyam or Poosam Nakshatram till 6:54 AM on October 14. Then onward it is Aslesha or Ayiliyam Nakshatram till 6:21 AM on October 15.
Rashi or Moon Sign – Karka Rashi till 8:42 AM on October 15.
In western parts of…