Happy Diwali!! शुभ दीपावली
Diwāli, also called Dīpāvali is the festival of lights. It represents the vanquishing of evil, misery and other ailments and the emergence of light, peace and prosperity. It is a five day festival with Diwāli itself occurring on a new moon day – amāvāsya in the Lunar month waning phase of Kārtīka occurring in the October – November timeframe of each year.
There are various traditions associated with this festival. The most observed is that of Lord Kṛṣṇa slaying the demonic asura king Naraka, who had wrecked havoc during his reign. Other traditions link to Kāli pūja during the entire night of the new moon day, performed in a tantric way. Jainas, Buddhists and Sikhs also have their own ways of worship during the time of Diwāli. For those in business, it also marks the beginning of a new year.
The first day is marked as Dhanteras on the 13th lunar day – trayodaśi. This day marks the ushering in of light, cleansing and auspiciousness during the dark fortnight of Kārtīka. It is also marked as ushering in of material wealth and prayers are offered to Goddess Lakṣmi and Lord Gaṇeśa.
The second day is Naraka Caturdaśi on the 14th lunar day. This is the day that’s marked as the slaying of Narakāsura by Lord Kṛṣṇa and the freedom to all the enslaved devotees of the Lord, who did not abide by Naraka’s dictates. Internally, it signifies the grace of Lord to those who follow the path of righteousness/dharma, despite many difficulties and not getting lured into adharma or unrighteous paths.
The third day, amāvāsya is the new moon day of Diwāli. This is the day that marks the celebration of Lord Kṛṣṇa’s victory and it’s marked by bursting firecrackers, distribution of sweets, food, decoration of the homes and businesses with lights and earthen lamps. The day is marked by performing various rituals/pūja-s for Goddess Lakṣmi and Lord Kubera, the treasurer of the celestial suras/gods and Yakṣa-s, signifying the desire to obtain material wealth and freedom from all wealth related issues. Spiritually, it signifies the expansion of consciousness and spiritual growth.
The fourth day, is the first day of the waxing phase and is generally marked as Govardhan Pūja and various other traditions are also followed. This day marks Lord Kṛṣṇa lifting the hill called Govardhana and shielding the people from the wrath of thunder by the Vajra weapon of Indra. Spiritually, this signifies the protection of the Lord from natural calamities and all dangers.
The fifth day is the second day of the waxing phase and is celebrated by brothers and sisters bonding with each other.
A simple mantra from the revered Mantra Mahārṇava can be recited 108 times or more, to retain Goddess MahāLakṣmi grace at all times. No nyāsas are required. Simply pray to the Divine Mother and request Her permanent presence at home and within, at all times.
om̐ śrīm̐ hrīm̐ klīm̐ lakṣmīrāgacchāgaccha mama mandire tiṣṭha tiṣṭha svāhā
ॐ श्रीँ ह्रीँ क्लीँ लक्ष्मीरागच्छागच्छ मम मन्दिरे तिष्ठ तिष्ठ स्वाहा
The sadyaḥ phaladā stotram can also be recited for fast money. The Kamalā kavacam to prevent loss of money. The pañjara stotram for amassing massive wealth. The Kamalā stotram can be recited, to bless us with peace, auspiousness as well as all comforts and wealth.
For those facing problems with business and in deep debts, should consider the MahāLakṣmi mantra japa.
Sri Dvadasakṣara Mahalaksmi Mantra (Another Variation)
This aritce is written by Krishna Reddy and can be contacted at Krishna@manblunder.com