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Diwali (Deepavali) Festival 2021: Diwali Pooja Time, Significance, Muhurat & Story

Diwali or Deepavali begins with dwadashi on Thursday, November 4, 2021 and ends on Bhau Beej on November 6, 2021, Saturday. It is the autumn festival of lights celebrated by Hindus across India and worldwide. Diwali starts with Dhanteras and culminates in Bhaiya DoojThe precise day is determined according to the Hindu calendar; the main night of Diwali festival falls on Amavasya, the new moon night of Kartika month. It is easily the biggest and brightest Hindu festival and also the most widely observed, with festivities spanning five days and nights. The symbolic significance of Deepavali festival is the triumph of light over darkness, the forces of good over evil and Jnana (knowledge) over ignorance.

Why We Celebrate Diwali: Significance

The spiritual significance of Diwali festival is to make people aware of their Inner Self. In Hindu philosophy, beyond the body and mind of a human being there is an actual persona which is real, unlimited and everlasting, called the Atman. Diwali festival celebrates the triumph of positive tendencies over negative tendencies within man and is held to wipe out darkness or the ignorance in people. While the legends of Diwali may differ, the main aim of Deepawali festival is to awaken our Inner Soul.

Timing for Choghadiya Puja Muhurat For Diwali Lakshmi Puja on Thursday, November 4, 2021:

Muhurata Timing
Afternoon Muhurta (Shubh) 04:38 PM to 06:04 PM
Evening Muhurta (Shubh, Amrit, Char) 06:04 PM to 09:13 PM
Night Muhurta (Labh) 12:22 AM to 01:57 AM, Nov 05
Early Morning Muhurta (Shubha) 06:40 AM to 08:06 AM

Timing for Lakshmi Puja on
Thursday, November 4, 2021

Ceremony Timing
Lakshmi Puja Muhurta 06:42 PM to 08:35 PM
Pradosh Kala 06:04 PM to 08:35 PM
Vrishabha Kala 06:42 PM to 08:42 PM
Amavasya Tithi Starts 06:03 AM on Nov 04, 2021
Ends 02:44 AM on Nov 05, 2021

How to Celebrate Diwali

A month before Diwali festival, people get busy in cleaning, painting and decorating their homes and offices. It is believed that all living spaces should be energized for Diwali night when Goddess Lakshmi will step into our lives.

There is a shopping frenzy as people visit stores and shopping malls to make use of Diwali promotional sales and offers. In the house, kitchens are filled with activity as several Diwali sweets and delicacies such as karanji, laddu, barfi, sankarpali and nimkis are prepared.

On Diwali evening, people dress up in their best clothes and light diyas and candles and along with their family around the house. When it is time for Diwali puja, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity, Mahalakshmi is worshipped with silver coins, panchamrit and offerings of Diwali sweets.

After the puja, people distribute Diwali mithais to their neighbours, family and friends. Youngsters and children move outdoors for lighting up the fireworks and enjoying the spectacle of lights and sound.

Diwali night is the time when the whole country is in carnival mood, with people lighting up their houses welcome the Goddess Lakshmi. According to popular belief, crackers are lighted on this festival to scare off evil forces.


"Om Shreem Hreem Shree Mahalaxmiyey Namah"

"Om Shreem Hreem Shreem Kamale Kamalalaye Praseed Praseed Om Shreem Hreem Shreem Mahalakshmaye Namah"


“Aum shrim hrim klim glaum gam ganapataye vara varada sarva janamme vashamanaya svaha”


“Om Yakshaya Kuberaya Vaishravanaya Dhanadhanyadhipataye”

What to do during Diwali Festival Week:

Day 1 (November 1, 2021, Monday)

Govatsa Dwadashi – People worship, decorate and feed cows and calves. They perform ‘Go pujan. (Ritualistic worship of cow) and do not eat any wheat and milk products on that day. The practice is also called the Nandini Vrat, invoking the divine cow Nandini in the Vedic tradition. In the state of Maharastra, this day is also called Vasy Baras.

Dhanteras – On this day people purchase (shopping) especially the items of gold, silver and platinum. They buy jewellery and utensils. Idols of Goddess Lakshmi are washed or repainted for 3 days of worship. Traditional financial year starts on this day. Lord Dhanvantari, an incarnation of Vishnu who appeared from the ocean of milk with nectar or Amrit is also worshipped.

Day 2 (November 3, 2021, Wednesday)

Kali Chaudas – Also known as Bhut Chaturdashi, Kali Chaudas is mainly celebrated in Western states especially in Gujarat. On this day, people offer prayers to Kali, the goddess of darkness. NOTE: Kali Chaudas day should not be considered with Roop Chaudas and Narak Chaturdashi because it generally falls a day before the Narak Chaturdash

Day 3 (November 4, 2021, Thursday)

Manifestation of Goddess Mahalakshmi

Naraka Chaturdashi and Lakshmi Pujan: – The day that celebrated the death of the demon Narakasur is also called Choti Diwali. Food and sweets are prepared and people prepare to celebrate the main Diwali festival with Lakshmi Pujan being performed in the evening hours to invoke Her grace and blessings.

Day 4 (November 5, 2021, Friday)

Manifestation of Goddess Mahalakshmi

Bestu Baras / Bali Padyami / Govardhan Pooja and Vishwakarma Day / Annakut – On this day Lord Vishnu defeated King Bali, the leader of the asuras (demons). It is said that King Bali returns to Earth on this day to light diyas and ward off darkness from our lives. Most businesses are closed on this day as people perform Govardhan Puja. Some worship tools and machinery.

Day 5 (November 6, 2021, Saturday)

Shree Krishna’s defeat of Narakasur

Bhau Beej / Bhai Teeka (Tilak) / Bhai Dooj / Bhai Fota – This is dedicated to the celebration of the brother-sister bond. Sisters apply tilak on the brothers’ forehead and pray for them, while the brothers pledge to look after their welfare. Yama, the Lord of Death visited his sister on this day. He gave her a boon that if someone pays their sister a visit on this day, he shall be freed from all sins and shall attain liberation or Moksha.

Diwali Puja Vidhi:

Diwali Puja is conducted at the appropriate mahurat, while taking into account the pradosh time and amavasya tithi. A comprehensive Diwali Puja involves the following steps.

  • First you have to perform the Atma shodhan, or self-purification.
  • Then, taking the water in your fist, you make a sankalpa, which is solemn promise to perform the Diwali Puja rituals.
  • You can now recite the shanti path mantra for peace, prosperity in your life.
  • Next, the Mangal path is recited for wish fulfilment of the family. Take a coconut tied with a red cloth and secred thread and establish it in a copper or earthern pot for the Kalash sthapana. This is followed by Ganpati puja, to invoke the blessings of Lord Ganesha. The Nav Graha puja is conducted after this, to propitiate all the nine planets.
  • After this, the worship of Goddess Lakshmi is commenced as per the Lakshmi Puja mahurat. After Lakshmi Pujan is over, the lamp is kept lit throughout the night.
  • People read the Lakshmi Sukta and other Stutis of Goddess Lakshmi. Some people remain awake all night in order to welcome Goddess Lakshmi into their house.
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Deepavali Celebration across India

The festival of Diwali is celebrated with much pomp and delight not only by Hindus but also by people of other religions such as Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism. Buddhists celebrate Diwali as the day Emperor Ashoka embraced Buddhism; Jains celebrate Diwali as the day Lord Mahavira attained nirvana and Sikhs celebrate the day as their Sixth Guru Hargobind Ji was freed from a prison on this day. Diwali is celebrated across all regions of India with small changes such as in the state of West Bengal Goddess Kali is worshipped instead of Goddess Laxmi. In many parts of India, Lord Krishna is worshipped and honoured during Diwali.


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Deepavali - Diwali Katha

Highly auspicious puja to be performed on Diwali. Puja includes worship of Vishnu for Happiness (happiness and satisfaction), Indra for Opulence (satisfaction due to wealth), Kuber for Wealth (Generosity; one who gives away wealth), Gajendra for keeping your wealth, Lakshmi for Divine Energy (Shakti) to all the above.

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Diwali Laxmi Pujan

Goddess Laxmi is the Goddess of wealth and prosperity. During Diwali, Laxmi Puja is done for good fortune, prosperity, riches and abundance. Goddess Laxmi bestows Her devotees with materialistic comforts, luxury, wealth, good fortune and auspiciousness and protect them against all types of scarcity and miseries. Goddess Lakshmi fulfills all the aim of life, which includes all worldly and spiritual success.

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Laxmi Kuber Puja and Yajna

Goddess Lakshmi is an embodiment of wealth and prosperity. Lord Kubera is also the Lord of wealth who blesses his devotees with comforts and luxuries. Best for attracting wealth, money, richness, wisdom, intelligence, prosperity, materialistic comforts and success in business and career.

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Ashta Lakshmi Puja and Yajna

This puja is performed to attract eight aspects of Goddess LakshmiDhan (money and riches), Gaja (strength), Adi (endless prosperity), Vijay (victory), Dhairya (patience), Dhanya (food and nourishment), Vidya (learning education and knowledge and Santan (children, legacy, family, friends and well-wisher)

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Legends associated with Diwali

Shri Rama Returns to Ayodhyaa

The biggest and most popular legend relating to Diwali is about the prince of Ayodhyaa, Lord Shri Rama (the seventh incarnation of Vishnu). It marks the victory of Rama over the King of Lanka, Ravana after he kidnapped Rama’s wife Sita. Rama defeated the demon king with the help of His Vanara Sena (army of monkeys). On His return to Ayodhyaa, the citizens welcomed him by decorating the city and their homes by lighting diyas all around.

Manifestation of Goddess Mahalakshmi

Manifestation of Goddess Mahalakshmi

It is said that on this day the goddess of wealth Lakshmi incarnated on the new moon day (Amavasyaa) of the Hindu month of Kartika. She appeared during the legendary Samundra Manthan (churning of the milky ocean by devas and asuras). She represents auspiciousness, wealth and divinity of Her consort Lord Vishnu. Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped by most on the day of Diwali for wealth and prosperity.

Shree Krishna’s defeat of Narakasur

Shree Krishna’s defeat of Narakasur

Bhumi Devi’s son the demon Narakasur had defeated Indra, the King of Gods and imprisoned sixteen thousand daughters of Gods and saints in addition to seizing the earrings of Mother Goddess Aditi. When the gods could take it no more, Indra pleaded with Lord Krishna. So enraged was Krishna that he immediately decided to go to battle. Taking his wife Satyabhama with him, Lord Krishna challenged Naraka to battle and defeated him easily.

The return of Pandavas

The return of Pandavas

According to Hindu scriptures, the five Pandava brothers returned to their kingdom Hastinapur after spending thirteen years in exile on the day of Karthika Amavasyaa. The people of their kingdom lighted earthen lamps all over in their city to welcome their beloved princes.

King Vikramaditya’s coronation

King Vikramaditya’s coronation

On this day people celebrated the coronation of the greatest Hindu king Vikramaditya by lighting tiny earthen lamps. The king was a legendary emperor of ancient India known for his generosity, courage, fearlessness, bold, chivalrous and supporter of Vedic scholars.

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