Deepavali, also known as Diwali or Deepawali, is the first day that marks the festival of Diwali in India.
The word Diwali has originated from Deepavali, which in turn is formed as deep means lamp + avali
means row. Deepavali is thus a row of lamps. During Diwali, lamps are lit everywhere. The festival is
celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains for a variety of reasons, although the main theme which runs
throughout is the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil.
This year Deepavali fall on 7th November 2018 on Monday. In Hindu calendar it is fall on 15th day of
Ashvin Krushna Amavasya (Fifteen day of the dark fortnight of the Hindu lunar month of Ashvin).
When Lord Ram returned to Ayodhya after completing fourteen years in exile, His subjects celebrated
by lighting lamps. Since then, the festival of Diwali has been celebrated. In North Indian traditions of
Diwali, it is celebrated to honour the victory of Lord Rama over King Ravana and his return back home
after an exile of 14 years.
It is celebrated all over India as a festival symbolizing the triumph of light over darkness. Traditional
earthen diyas or candles are lit, and nowadays, fireworks are set off. A special “puja” prayer is
dedicated to the goddess Lakshmi in the evening. She is said to bring good luck and prosperity.
Therefore, lighting a lamp symbolizes the destruction, through knowledge, of all negative forces-
wickedness, violence, lust, anger, envy, greed, bigotry, fear, injustice, oppression and suffering, etc
On Diwali night, little clay lamps are lit in Hindus homes, but now a days colored electric lamps are
also used. Most civilizations of the world recognize the importance of light as a gift of God. They
emerge, scrubbed clean to get into their festive attire, and light up little oil lamps, candles and
scented sticks agarbathis, the wherewithal for setting alight crackers and sparklers.
It is traditional to eat ‘vadaa’ and items made from ‘udad’ (lentils) on this day. Also known as
Deepawali and Deepotsav, this festival occurs on Aso vad 15 (Amaas), the final day of the Hindu year.
It has always been a symbol of whatever is positive in our world of experience.
A story from Hindu mythology says that Lakshmi adopted Ganesha from his mother Parvati because
the former was childless. Indian Households are religiously following this age old tradition. We also do
LAXMI PUJAN on this very auspicious day.
Year : Vilambin
Vikrama Era : 2075
Saka Era : 1940
Ayana : Dakshinayana (South hemisphere)
Ritu : Sharada
Month : Ashwina
Paksha : Krishna Paksha
Days Since Kaliyuga : 1869966.27869
Julian Day : 2458430.27869
Hindu Panchang Sunrise : 06:41
Hindu Panchang Sunset : 17:28
Sun in : Tula
Moon in : Tula
Hindu Panchang Moon Rise : 06:04:10
Hindu Panchang Moon Set : 17:33:48
Ayanamsa (Lahiri) : 24°06’56