Hindus globally will be oberving the Festival of Lights or Diwali on Friday 5th November. Deepavali or Diwali is one of the most beautiful festivals in the Hindu calendar. It is an auspicious time dedicated to the sole worship of the Universal Mother in the form of Jagajanani Maha Lakshmi Mata. Mother Lakshmi bestows good health, wealth and spiritual knowledge upon Her devotees.
During the observation of Diwali, Hindus are encouraged to keep a strict fast (staying away from certain tamastic food) and perform Puja to Lakshmi Devi. Diyas or earthen lamps are lit in after the completion of Puja and the Sacred Havan. The diyas are placed at strategic place in the home and yard as a symbol welcoming Mother Laksmi in the home.
Diwali has big spiritual and social symbolism. We pray to the Divine Mother to never leave our homes because if She does, then poverty becomes our lot. Diwali is also a time when sweets like kher and mittai are made and humbly given as prasadam to neighbors, friends, families and the people in the community.
Diwali is a time of sharing and giving; a time when love, good-will, brotherhood and understanding take precedence over all else. Diwali surpasses any man-made boundaries and all are encourage to part-take and participate in this great festival of light.
May Mother Lakshmi showers Her divine blessings upon all in this world, particularly the less fortunate ones.