5 days of Diwali celebration importance
Dhanteras, Chaturdashi, Diwali, Govardhan Puja, and Bhai Dooj are the first five days of Diwali.
Dhanteras: first day
The mood is set for Diwali celebrations on the first day of this five-day Hindu festival with Dhanteras or Dhantryaodashi. The day honors Lord Dhanwantari, who is related to Ayurveda and numerous medical procedures for the benefit of mankind. On this day, it is customary to take a holy bath at dusk, light a Diya lamp near a “Tulsi” plant, and ask Lord Yama for protection. People take part in “havan” on this day and recite potent mantras.
Chaturdashi – the second day
Hindus celebrate “Narak Chaturdashi” on the second day. The significance of this day is rooted in the legend of Lord Krishna’s resounding victory over ‘Narakasur,’ a fierce demon who had stolen the ‘gopis. People keep their homes tidy on this day and use flowers and scented perfumes to maintain positive feelings. At the front door of every home, decorative “rangolis” formed of a rice flour and water mixture are frequently seen. Each room and the backyard have “diyas” that are left up all night.
Diwali – third day
The festival of Diwali is based on the story of Lord Rama, who was welcomed home from exile by a sparkling row of lights emanating from every dwelling. Additionally, the Pandavas’ journey out of the jungle coincides with it. Deepavali literally translates to “an array of lights.” Undoubtedly, one of the most exciting and important celebrations in India is Diwali.
On Diwali night, the landscape is illuminated with well-lit homes, parks, and public spaces, while the sky is adorned with vibrant fireworks. People have a wide variety of options in the market while making new purchases. Families are a hive of activity as they get ready for Lakshmi puja, which honors the goddess of riches. Family members take part in the ceremonies and offerings as a pandit ceremonially conducts the puja.
Govardhan Puja – the fourth day
According to tradition, Lord Indra tried to engulf the village of Gokul after being irritated. By raising the Govardhan Mountain to offer assistance, Lord Krishna protected the inhabitants of Gokul from the wrath of Lord Indra. The Govardhan Mountain was given the blessing that it will be revered for all time. The custom has continued ever since. Massive crowds congregate in temples in Mathura and Nathdwara as well, where gods are ritualistically bathed and ornamented.
Due to the beginning of Vikram-Samvat on this day, it is also observed as “Padwa” on this day. The majority of homes celebrate this day by doling out candy and gifts to friends and neighbors in addition to welcoming family members, donning new clothing and jewelry, and greeting one another.
Bhai Dooj – the fifth day
Bhai Dooj, the second day following Diwali, marks the conclusion of this five-day Hindu festival. It is special in that it is entirely focused on the intense affection shared between a brother and a sister. The celebration is tied to the fabled story of Lord Yama and his sister Yami’s brotherly love. Lord Yama decided to see his sister again after a long time apart.
He was moved by the warmth and kindness she displayed when he went to meet her. Yami gave her brother a warm greeting and showed him the utmost respect by applying a tilak to his forehead to commemorate the event. She was blessed by Yamraj, who also revealed that going forward, a brother would now greet his sister on this day.