Diwali 2017 will be celebrated on October 19, 2017 and everybody in India is gearing up for the massive celebrations on the eve of this festival. Diwali is one of the most-awaited festivals for Hindus in the world. The festival of lights, Diwali, has indispensable historical and religious importance among the Hindu population. One of the most followed ritual and tradition of this festival is to offer prayers to Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Ganesha and other Hindu gods to please them for a better life and fortune. People participate in Lakshmi puja with their entire family on main Diwali festival. It is believed that blowing shankh on Diwali day purifies the atmosphere and brings peace and prosperity to the environment. People also say that one should ring a bell in the house which is also believed to have a positive aspect. It draws the attention of Gods towards the wishes of devotees.
Goddess Lakshmi puja is the most important ritual which is practised on Diwali. It is believed that one who does Lakshmi Puja, and offer their prayers with pure heart and soul, the Goddess shower her blessing to those devotees. Some people do Laskhmi Puja on both Diwali days like Choti Diwali and on main Diwali festival. The festival of Diwali is lucky, auspicious due to many reasons. There are many other rituals, some widely known and some not, but there is a belief that by practising different rituals and offering prayers to Lords during this festive season, it brings good luck and good fortune.
Why you should blow shankh, ring bells after Lakshmi Puja on Diwali
It is believed that by blowing Shankh and ringing bells on the main Diwali festival after performing the Lakshmi puja, inside rooms of your house emits out all the negative energy and make way for positive energy in order to welcome Goddess Lakshmi. It brings peace, prosperity and purifies the atmosphere. Being a sacred emblem of the Hindu Lord Vishnu, blowing shankh is a symbol of religious importance in Hinduism. It is the shell of a large predatory sea snail found in the Indian Ocean. Apart from being practised as a ritual on Diwali, shankh which has a positive sound is also used in other religious rituals and pujas across the country. Shankha is praised in Hindu scriptures as a giver of fame, longevity and prosperity, the cleanser of sin and the abode of Lakshmi, who is the goddess of wealth and consort of Vishnu.
Rituals performed on Diwali
- As many people light oil lamp (Diyas) on Diwali days, one should also try lighting the diyas by putting a clove and offer prayers to Lord Hanuman. It is believed that by doing so, one will experience peace and prosperity.
- People believe one should also offer Akshay (Rice) to Lord Shiva on Diwali. It is yet another way to woo God for peace and prosperity. But one has to make sure that while offering rice, it should not scatter around.
- One should also offer their prayers to Goddess Lakshmi’s picture in which she is sitting beside Lord Vishnu. It is believed that by doing this Goddess Lakshmi shower her blessing on her devotees.
- There are many things which people practise during Diwali to make the festival auspicious and welcome all the positivity. People buy broom (Jhadu) on Diwali as it is believed that since Broom is a cleaning object, it will emit out all the dirt and negative energy from your place.