Finally, one of the most beautiful festivals of the Hindu calendar is around. The excitement and hopefulness that comes along with this is unbeaten. We forget our past rivalries and make way for positivity and happiness. The beginning of the festival of Diwali is marked by the arrival of Vasubaras. Ideally, on this day, we see people worship cow which is the holy animal of Hinduism. Vasubaras is then followed by Dhanatrayidashi, Naraka Chaturdashi, Lakshmi Puja, Govardhan Puja/ Padva and Bhau Beej.
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As we celebrate these festivals, we rarely know the significance of it. So, here’s everything you ought to know about these days.
Dhanatrayodashi is also observed as the National Ayurveda Day after Dhanvantari, who is the Hindu god of Ayurveda. You tend to clean the house on or before this day and decorate your house with lanterns, lights and candles. Being one of the most auspicious days in the Hindu calendar, people prefer investing in gold and adding new pieces to their jewellery kit.
2. Narak Chaturdashi
According to the Indian mythology, on Naraka Chaturdashi or Choti Diwali Lord Krishna defeated raakshas Narkasura and saved the people of the world. We start our day by massaging our body with oil and ubtan begin on a happy note and stress-freenote.
3. Lakshmi Puja
The Goddess of wealth, Laxmi is honoured on this auspicious day along with Lord Ganesha. As it is believed that Goddess Laxmi graces the earth with her presence the people decorate the streets and houses with diyas and rangoli. We hope that Laxmi’s presence brings prosperity and luck to our house. You also make a sweet dish at home and first offer to god.
4. Govardhan Puja/ Padva
The Govardhan Puja marks the victory of Lord Krishna over Indra. Usually, people make a hill out of cow dung honouring Govardhan mountain. In Maharashtra, we celebrate Padva with excitement and grandeur.
5. Bhau Beej
This fifth and the final day of Diwali goes by different names in the various parts of India. This day pays tribute to the sacred bond of brother and sister. A sister does aarti for her brother as they both exchange gifts and hope for long successful life.
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