Hindus Diwali is an auspicious day. It marks the return of the exiled hero of
Ramayana-Lord Rama to Ayodhya-his hometown in central
. During this night, Rama along with his wife Sita flew into the town decorated
by the townsfolk with rows of lighted lamps. The traditional way to celebrate
this festival is to light earthen ware oil lamps (Diya) and offer worship to
Laxmi-the Goddess of wealth and prosperity.
falls in the middle of five day long feast. Diwali
festival occurs on the amavasya (last day of the dark fortnight of lunar month
of Kartik of Vikrami calendar) when both the sun and the moon locate in
rashi. According to some sources the master of
is Shukra-the planet that affects one's wealth and prosperity. Laxmi is the
Goddess that controls one's wealth (hence Shukra), the pooja of Laxmi on the day
of Diwali is mandatory. And of course, in order to be able to stay in control of
the wealth and prosperity one needs wisdom, hence pooja of Ganesha-the provider
of wisdom- is offered along with Laxmi. Since every woman is considered a
manifestation of goddess Laxmi, the attainment of household prosperity and
wealth depends on the continual propitiation and respect of the household Laxmi!
This pooja of Laxmi has additional significance for the business
community since for them the new fiscal year starts day after Diwali.
traditional lighting of Diya in rows (Deepawali; Diwali) not only provides light
in the dark night but also signifies dispelling of ignorance and triumph of good
over evil. The wick of diya is consumed in providing light to others. This is
symbolic of our resolve of sacrifice for the good of the community. The diya
thus reminds us of the altruism of Rama in giving up his claim to throne at the
behest of his father's wish; and that of the sacrifice of Sita for the benefit
of Rama and the people of Ayodhya. In fact the word Diya in Hindi means- having
given- or sacrificed. Thus I pray that the lights of Diwali night dispel
darkness of ignorance and bring in prosperity, wealth, health and wisdom into
Yaa Devi Sarva Bhuteshu Laxmi Roopena Samastitaa,
Namstasse, namstasse, namstasse namo namah!
October 17, 2009