Significance of Deepavali (Diwali)
This year's Deepavali celebration will be starting on November 11, Sunday (12th, 13th and 14th). Deepavali means the Festival of Lights. Deepa means light, - AvaLi means group, thus meaning group of lights. Light signifies Shri MahaLakshmi, Jnana, etc. Deepavali festival comes in the middle of Chaathurmaasya. In the Chathurmasya The Supreme Lord Shri NaaraayaNa will do Yoga-Nidra, appearing to sleep, misleading undeserving demonic souls.
This is the period to do Sath-Karmas, Dharma, Vrata and austere penances for all Satwika Jivas.
Chathur Maasa means the four months from, Aashaada Maasa Shuddha Ekadashi to Kaartika BahuLa Dwaadashi. In this period NagaPanchami, Upaakarma, Shri Krishna Janmashtami, Ganesha Chaturthi, Mahalaya, Navaraatri, Vijayadashami, Deepavali, and Tulasi Vivaha festivals will take place.
Chaaturmaasya will end on the day of Utthana Dwaadashi, 24th Nov. This mean Lord NaaraayaNa wakes up from Yoga-Nidra.
Before Lord NaaraayaNa, Shri Lakshmi Devi will wake up. The symbolic representation of this is the lighting of lamps, which is Deepavali. Lakshmi Devi is controller of triguNaas which covers us with Ajnana. Just as light eliminates darkness Lakshmi will eliminate all our ajnana, when we pray to Her along with Sri NaaraayaNa. Therefore by lighting lamps we welcome Lakshmi Devi to remove our Ajnana and Bless us with health, wealth, and everything we need. [மேலும் செய்திகளை வாசிக்க]