Diwali is a very famous Indian festival of lights. Diwali is also called Deepawali the festival of lights, is the abstraction of the Sanskrit word Deepavali – ‘Deep’ means Diya the small pots made from clay for light and ‘Avali’, means a row – meaning a row of Diyas means an Array of Lamps It’s mostly celebrated in all over India in there own special way. In north India, Deepawali festival celebrates when Lord Rama’s return to Ayodhya after the defeat of Ravana and his coronation as king. This festival is celebrated for five days.
Five days of Diwali
Narkachaturdashi / Choti Diwali
Govardhan Puja (Annakoot) / Bali Prativpada
BhaiDooj / Bhaiya Duj
Dhanteras: The first day of Diwali is called Dhanteras, Dhanwantari Triodasi or Dhantryaodashi, it is been celebrated on the thirteenth day of Ashwin month. It’s believed that this is a day of wealth; Women purchase some gold, silver or new utensils on this day.
Narkachaturdashi or Choti Diwali: The second day is known as ‘Choti Diwali which is the fourtheenth day of Ashwin month. On this day Lord Krishna killed the demon Narakasur and made the world free from evil power so this day is being dedicated for light and prayer.
Diwali: The third and the most important day is Diwali. Diwali the festival of lights falls on the Amavasya the 15th day of the dark fortnight of Ashwin month. The day is celebrated by worshiping Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi.the goddess of wealth it is the main day of celebration. Each and every corner is being lighted on this day.
Govardhan Puja (Annakoot) / Bali Prativpada : It’s the fourth day of the celebration which is being celebrated in different ways in different part of India. In northern part of India this day is celebrated two days after Diwali as Govardhan Puja while in the western parts of India like Maharashtra state the same festival is celebrated as Padva or Bali Prativpada. Govardhan Puja is also known and celebrated as Annakoot that means the mountain of food.
BhaiDooj / Bhaiya Duj: It is the fifth day of Diwali which is celebrated as Bhai Dooj or Bhaiya Duj. it’s celebrated on the next day of Goverdhan Puja.