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)
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)
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)
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.
Balipratipada (4 November 2013)
Ritualistic worship of King Bali is performed to avoid
troubles from negative energies.
Bhaubij (Yama Dwitiya) (5 November 2013)
A day to control frequencies generated by the negative
energies from hell.