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Importance of various days in Diwali

Diwali is a series of festivals of 5 days, which fall towards the end of the Hindu month of Ashwin and the beginning of the month of Kartik. We can celebrate Diwali in the true sense only when we know the significance of each of these days.

Dhanteras (1 November 2013)

Lord Dhanvantari
Shri Dhanvantari

According to the Ayurveda it is the birthday of the deity Dhanvantari, so on this day Ayurvedic doctors (vaidyas) worship Him. They make an offering (prasad) of small pieces of neem leaves and sugar to visitors. This is of great significance as the neem fruit has originated from divine nectar (amrut) and Dhanvantari is the deity bestowing immortality.

Narak Chaturdashi (2 November 2013)

On this day, lighting lamps can destroy tamasik energies. The day before Chaudas, fourteenth day of the fortnight, after 12 a.m. the atmosphere starts getting polluted with raja-tama frequencies, because on this day the Universe moves from the Chandra-nadi (or the moon channel), into the Surya-nadi (or the Sun channel). This helps the tamasik energies in 'Pataal'. The sound waves generated from 'Pataal' are created by heat generated from movement of particles loaded with raja-tama components. To neutralize the effect of these waves, one has to bathe early in the morning, light ghee lamps in earthen pots and ritualistically worship them. The lamps radiate waves of particles charged with the fire element, which helps to destroy the raja-tama laden particles in the environment. Due to this, raja-tama particles present in the cells of tamasik energies also melt away, which helps to destroy the protective sheath around the tamasik energies. Hence, a soul begins afresh to perform any auspicious activity. On this day tamasik energies get annihilated, in a way amounting to destruction of negative frequencies emanating from hell. - A scholar through the medium of Pujya (Mrs.) Anjali Gadgil (17/05/05, 8.59 p.m.)*

Laxmi Pujan (3 November 2013)

Sree Laxmipujan

This day 'Laxmi-panchayatan' enters the Universe. Shri Vishnu, Shri Indra, Shri Kuber, Shri Gajendra and Shri Laxmi are elements of this 'panchayatan' (a group of five). The tasks of these elements are:

Vishnu: Happiness (happiness and satisfaction)
Indra: Opulence (satisfaction due to wealth)
Kuber: Wealth (one who gives away wealth)
Gajendra: Carries the wealth
Laxmi: Divine Energy (Shakti) which provides energy to all the above activities.

Importance of Laxmi Pujan

A. Destruction of negative energies On this particular day, Goddess Laxmi's destroyer (marak) form is active, since it is the new moon day. The spiritual emotion of the person doing ritualistic worship, activates Goddess Laxmi's marak form and destroys the negative frequencies in the environment.

B. Arrival of other Gods (Devtas): Lord Indra and other male deities also get drawn to the place of ritualistic worship and follow Goddess Laxmi. Thus happiness, opulence, prosperity, stability and wealth is maintained in the premise (Vastu) by worshiping the 5 elements or Deities - A scholar through the medium of Pujya (Mrs.) Anjali Gadgil (18/5/05, 10.40 am)*

Balipratipada (4 November 2013)

Ritualistic worship of King Bali is performed to avoid troubles from negative energies.

Creation of negative energy : It is said that negative energy was created on the day of Bali-pratipada. On this day, proportion of 'Yama' and 'Tiryak' frequencies is more in the Universe. When these frequencies come together, the negative energies under the control of King Bali create more negative energies. On this day, ritualistic worship of King Bali is done where an offering (Naivaidya) is made to him to satisfy his thirst and hunger. This keeps King Bali and the negative energies under his control, happy for the whole year in 'Paatal', and not cause any trouble to lives on earth. With this, the Jiva (soul) on earth is able to practice spirituality without obstacles. Hindu Dharma gives as much importance to this day of appeasing the negative energies as any other important festival. Hence, it will be clear how impartial and tolerant the Hindu Dharma is, as it thinks of righteous along with unrighteous - A scholar through the medium of Pujya (Mrs.) Anjali Gadgil (18/05/05, 10.55 am)*

Bhaubij (Yama Dwitiya) (5 November 2013)

Bhaubij (Yamadvitiya)
Bhaubij (Yamadvitiya)

A day to control frequencies generated by the negative energies from hell.

Significance : On this day, Yamadev (deity of Death) has full control over hell and is in charge of the region of Death (Mrityulok). He also prevents negative energies from moving in various planes (lokas) and keeps a check on them. On this day, waves emanating from Yamadev travel through various layers of hell and keep matters in place. This keeps the effect of negative energies from hell to a minimum on this day. Hence, on this day, ritualistic worship of Yamadev is done to express gratitude. He is welcomed in the evening by lighting earthen lamps. Prayers are made for a long life. - A scholar through the medium of Pujya (Mrs.) Anjali Gadgil