Diwali 2024: Date, Laxmi Puja Shubh Muhurat, and Lucky Astrology Tips

Indian Astrology | 16-Apr-2024

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Diwali, or Deepawali, is the major Hindu festival celebrated all over the country with great enthusiasm. Diwali is a festival that celebrates the return of Lord Rama with Mata Sita and his brother Lakshman after killing Ravana and coming to Ayodhaya after an exile of fourteen years. It was the time when people lit earthen lamps or diyas, to brighten the path for Lord Rama as it was the darkest night of the year, Kartik amavasya. This event signifies the victory of good over evil. 

Apart from this, Diwali is also the time to worship Goddess Lakshmi, the deity of wealth. During the festival, worshippers also pray to Lord Ganesha, who removes obstructions and is called Vighnharta in Hindu mythology. In addition to Lord Ganesha, people also worship Devi Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, music, literature and learning, and Kuber, who represents finance, book-keeping and money management. We all know about the grandeur and the devotion behind the festival. The festival is of great religious and astrological significance. Performing Diwali rituals in Shubh Muhurata can bring great auspiciousness to life. Here, we will tell you about the date, time, puja vidhi, Shubh Muhurat for puja, and Do's and Don’ts for the festival so that you can get the best results. 

Diwali 2024 – Date and time

The major Hindu festival of Diwali will be celebrated on November 1, 2024. Diwali is always celebrated on the No-Moon or Amavasya in the Hindu month of Kartik. The festival is usually celebrated in October- November. In 2024, it falls at the beginning of November only. As per Panchangam, the Shubh Muhurata for Diwali timings are from 5:35 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.  

The five days of celebration begin with Dhanteras, which falls on the thirteenth day of the waning phase of the moon or Krishna Paksha in the month of Kartik. Diwali is celebrated on the fifteenth day or Amavasya, and Bhai Dooj falls on the seventeenth lunar day of the waxing phase or Shukla Paksha of the same month.

The festival of Diwali in 2024 will be celebrated for five days:

  • Dhanteras: October 29, Tuesday
  • Narak Chatudashi (Chhoti Diwali): October 31, Thursday
  • Diwali: November 01, Friday
  • Govardhan Puja: November 02, Saturday
  • Bhai Dooj: November 3, Sunday

There is a one-day gap between Dhanteras and Chhoti Diwali based on the tithi differences as per Hindu Panchang.

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Shubh Muhurata for Diwali 2024

  • Amavasya Tithi starts- October 31 at 03:54 PM
  • Amavasya Tithi ends- November 01 at 06:18 PM. 
  • Pradosha Puja Time - November 01, from 05:45 PM to 08:20 PM. 
  • Nishita Kaal Time - November 01, 11:45 PM to November 02, 12:35 AM.

Significance of Diwali

Diwali is the time for shopping where everyone buys new clothes, utensils, decorative items and utensils. People lit diyas and candles to remove the darkness and show a new ray of hope in everybody’s life. Wearing new clothes, meeting relatives, exchanging goodies, Laxmi pujan, bursting crackers, and eating delicacies are the inseparable part of the festival. Decorating the entrances of homes and offices with Ashoka leaves and marigold flowers are considered very auspicious. The festival marks the victory of good over evil, giving a message of peace and prosperity. 

Diwali Celebrations in Various Religions

Diwali is a festival that symbolizes everything good and has been associated with many mythological stories. 

Hinduism: On this day, Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya with Mata Sita and Lakshman after defeating Ravana. The local people lit earthen lamps and burst crackers to welcome their King and Queen back to the throne. 

This day is also celebrated as the union of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu in heaven. 

Bengali traditions: This day is celebrated in Bengal to worship the most powerful Goddess of 'Shakti' - Devi Kali. 

Jainism: This day is of utmost importance for Jains as Mahavira attained Moksha nirvana or emancipation on this day. On this auspicious day, it is believed that Mahaveera's disciple, Gautam Swami, attained omniscience (Kevala Jnana).

Culture: This day was celebrated in ancient India as the harvest festival. 

Arya Samaj: Diwali also marks the death anniversary of Dayanand Saraswati, the founder of Arya Samaj.

Sikhism: Diwali holds a special meaning for the Sikh community. It marks the liberation of their sixth Guru, Guru Hargobind Singh, from the prison at Gwalior Fort. The Mughal ruler Jahangir, son of Akbar, had imprisoned him after the execution of his father, Guru Arjan. An effort was made to suppress the Sikh resistance against the Mughal authority.

Puja Vidhi - Diwali 2024

We perform Deepawali Pujan in the evening, based on the Shubh Muhurata. Here’s a puja ritual for Diwali: 

  • To prepare for the Laxmi pooja, clean the Puja area and place the necessary items on a clean surface or altar. 
  • Start with Lord Ganesha puja and light diya before him.
  • Offer incense, sweets, flowers, and fruits to the deities, Lord Ganesha and Lakshmi ji, and recite Vedic mantras. 
  • Light diyas and candles with chanting of Diwali mantras to seek divine blessings and protection.
  • Do Aarti and distribute prasadam among family and relatives. 
  • Give gifts or small monetary rewards to the kids and youngsters as a token of love and respect. Burn crackers and enjoy delicacies.

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Diwali Puja Samagri- relevance and importance

 Diwali puja samagri has its significance and specific meaning; knowing it is enlightening.

  • Diya: Lightening diya symbolizes victory of light over darkness. It dispels ignorance and gives knowledge.
  • Incense: The fumes and fragrance purifies the surroundings and calms mind for meditation and worship.
  • Chandan and saffron tilak: Chandan and saffron tilak represents opening of the Gyan Chakshu or the third eye. 
  • Chawal-roli: Chawal-roli is offered to the deities to symbolize invitation and welcome. 
  • Fruits: One should offer a variety of seasonal fruits to symbolize gratitude and abundance.
  • Flowers: We decorate the idols with fresh flowers and show devotion and love. 
  • Sweets: To symbolize sweetness and happiness in life.
  • Coconut: It represents completeness.
  • Coins: It symbolizes wealth and prosperity. 
  • Ghee and oil: these symbolize the burning of past karmas through sacrifice and patience. 

Diwali Puja Mantra

Recitation of these mantra will bring auspiciousness and blessings. Some of these are:

Ganesh Mantra (to remove obstacles before a new beginning):

  • In English: "Om Gan Ganapataye Namah"
  • In Sanskrit: " गण गणपतये नमः"

Ganesh Mantra (for prosperity):

  • In English: "Om Hreeng Kreeng Hreeng"
  • In Sanskrit: " ह्रींग क्रिंग ह्रींग"

Lakshmi Mantra (for financial gain):

  • In English: "Om Shring Hring Kling Shring Sidhda Lakshmyai Namah"
  • In Sanskrit: " श्रीं ह्रीं क्लीं श्रीं सिध्द लक्ष्म्यै नमः"

Lakshmi Mantra (for overall abundance):

  • In English: "OM Hreem Shreem Kleen Maha Lakshmi Namaha"
  • In Sanskrit: " ह्रीं क्लीं महालक्ष्म्यै नमः"

Special Diwali Puja Mantra:

  • "Om Shring Hring Kling Aing Saung Om Hring Ka A Ee La Hring Ha Sa Ka Ha La Hring Sakal Hring Saung Aing Kling Hring Shring Om"
  • In Sanskrit: " श्रीं ह्रीं क्लीं ऐं सौं ओं ह्रीं ह्रीं ह्रीं सकल ह्रीं सौं ऐं क्लीं ह्रीं श्रीं ओं"

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Benefits of Diwali Puja Mantra Chanting

When recited, the Lakshmi-Ganesh mantras are believed to bring wealth, prosperity, fame, and good fortune to the practitioner. These sacred chants are also thought to enhance focus and concentration and bestow wisdom and intelligence. Complete faith and devotion in chanting the Diwali Puja Mantra is believed to remove any obstacles on the path to success.

Conclusion: Diwali is not only a time of religious celebration but can also positively affect our mental well-being. By cleaning our homes, we can clear our minds and reduce stress. Spending quality time with loved ones can strengthen emotional bonds and improve communication. Cooking together can foster bonding and happiness. Wearing new clothes can boost self-esteem and generate positive reactions. Giving gifts can help boost generosity and self-esteem. Finally, praying can reduce stress, promote positivity, and strengthen resolve. This Diwali, embrace the rituals and the psychological benefits they can bring you and your loved ones.