Five days of Diwali –  the Hindu Festival of Lights

five days of diwali

The Hindu month of Kartik is the highly auspicious month as per Hindu calendar.  There are many Hindu festivals during this month starting with Karwa chauth, Ahoi Ashtami, Dhanteras, Diwali, Govardhan Puja, Bhai Dooj and many more. Out of the many auspicious days the most important are the five days of Diwali. Diwali the festival of lights is celebrated throughout the country with lot of fervor. Each of the 5 days of Diwali have unique significance which are drawn from different traditions of the Vedic age.

5 Auspicious days of Diwali celebration.

The first day of Diwali celebration is called Dhan Teras ( Dhanvantari Triodasi) . The Dhan Teras marks the beginning of the Diwali festival. This day is an highly auspicious for buying gold, silver and other precious items. Also on this day, Lord Dhanwantari is believed to have emerged from the ocean with Ayurveda, the science of medicine. Many people donate medicines and help needy people as well.

The second day of Diwali is also known as Kali Chaudas or Narak Chaturdasi, in some parts of India it is called as Choti Diwali. On this day Lord Krishna destroyed demon Narakasur.

The third day of these festival is the actual Diwali . also known as Deepawali. On this day Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped along with Lord Ganesh. Businessmen open new accounting books and do puja of the accounting books for the following year. In Bengal the night is dedicated to Goddess Kali.

The fourth day of these festivities is celebrated as Govardhan Puja and Vishwakarma day. On this day people worship the tools they use for work. In Gujarat this day is celebrated as Bestu varas or Gujarati New Year. The new Samvat starts on this day.

The fifth day is known as Bhai Dooj or Bhai Beej or Bhai Fota in Bengal. This day especially celebrates brother and sisters relationship.

Thus the five days of Diwali are celebrated religiously with lot of enthusiasm.

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