Diwali is a grand festival which is associated with a wealth and happiness also has different significance for each day. The first day of Diwali is called as Dhantrayodashi. ‘Dhan’ means gold, silver or other utensils and the god of wealth is worshipped on that day.
In the Diwali evening, most of them do Lakshmi puja by lighting tiny diyas to drive away evil spirits. The second day of Diwali is celebrated by everyone to mark the victory of Lord Krishna against Narakasura.
It symbolizes the victory of good over evil. On the third day, Lakshmi puja is celebrated which is a combination of five deities Mahalakshmi, Mahakali, Mahasaraswati, Lord Ganesha and Lord Guber. On this auspicious day, people pray for wealth, prosperity and happiness of their dear ones.
Fourth Day: Padwa
The fourth day of Diwali is celebrated as Padwa, and it is the main event where the wife prays for the long life, wealth and prosperity of the husband. The partner will shower wife with a lot of gifts. On this fourth day, after an early morning bath with an oil massage, women lit lamps in front of their husbands’ faces. Then they offer a meal with delicacies. People celebrate this festival for the whole day.
On this day, Govardhan Puja is performed. In the evening, all friends and relatives visit each other houses to celebrate the day together. Most of them visit temples on Gudi Padwa. It is the day when Lord Vishnu’s avatar Vaamana took over all the three worlds from king Bali.
Preparation for this puja starts with the cleaning of houses. The doorsteps are decorated with the colorful handmade rangoli patterns to welcome the Goddess Lakshmi. The door is filled with mango leaves and red flowers as it is considered auspicious. People also worship Lord Brahma for peace and prosperity in the household.
Govardan is a hill rock near Mathura so most of them decorate them with flowers and worship; this festival is celebrated for the lifting of Mount Govardhan by Krishna. Every Hindus worship Govardan to honor that first puja done by the people of Vraja. A mountain of cow dung is made and flowers are tucked into it.
Diwali is a great occasion to enjoy with your loved and dear ones. This is an amazing time to pray to Goddess Lakshmi for offering all wealth and Prosperity. On the fourth day of Diwali, people all around the world celebrate Padwa. This day is looked upon as the most auspicious day to start any new venture.