Diwali in 2013
When is Diwali in 2013?
DIWALI IN 2013 is on 3 November. Diwali, one of the most awaited festivals of the year, has again spread its arms to welcome the celebrants with enthusiasm. The festive season of Diwali is about to begin and with its beauty it will purify each soul. The festival of lights and immense celebration is the symbol of victory of good over evil. Diwali is celebrated to commemorate the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after his triumph over devil Ravana. Auspicious festival of Diwali is celebrated for continuous 5 days that starts with Dhanteras and ends with Bhai Dooj. There are many ways of celebrating Diwali. People tend to forgive any wrong deed of their loved ones and spread love and affection with sweets all over. This festival asks people to trust the beauty of being good and strengthen the faith of human in Almighty. Experiencing the joy of Diwali is itself an ultimate state of delight. Playing with firecrackers, lighting lights and offering sweets to one and all is the basic essence of Diwali. Absence of any one of these things will result into incomplete Diwali celebrations.
Each festival celebrated during the festive season of Diwali has its own significance. The pages of history illustrate the relevance of all the festivals in a very mesmerizing way. The festivals celebrated from Dhanteras to Bhai Dooj are Dhanteras, Narak Chaturdashi, Diwali, Govardhan and Bhai Dooj. There is a different and unique way of celebrating all these festivals. With own palpable mythology, all these festivals are very different from each other and hold exclusive importance. Here, you will get to know everything about Diwali festive season.
Dhanteras in 2013
Dhanteras in 2013 is on 1 November. The great festival of Diwali commences with the celebration of Dhanteras. Dhanteras is supposed to be a day of wealth and prosperity. This day experiences a huge amount of people buying jewelry and utensils for them and their home. It is believed that buying such items will invite richness and the family will be blessed with abundant wealth. People from all the parts of the country can be witnessed on the streets of the market to buy their desired things. As it is the first day of the festive season of Diwali, people start decorating their homes on this day. The day is considered as very significant by the common people as well as shop keepers, as their business reaches at the level of sky at this very day. The things that are bought on this pious day are worshipped on the magnificent Diwali and then only those things are used by the buyers. The relevance of Dhanteras comes from the very famous legend of the festival. It is fondly celebrated to adore Yamraj, who is the Lord of death. The rituals performed at this day are deeply believed and faith of people in their Lord is very appreciable.
Narak Chaturdashi in 2013
Narak Chaturdashi or Chhoti Diwali in 2013 is on 2 November. Narak Chaturdashi celebrated at the second day of the Diwali festive season is also fondly known as 'Chhoti Diwali'. Narak Chaturdashi is also a pious way of celebrating the victory of good over evil. Mythology states that the extremely powerful devil Narakasura was killed by Lord Krishna on this very day. Narakasura was a demon who kidnapped 16000 women on his will and also became the Lord of Heaven as well as Earth. Everyone was so afraid of him that they denied fighting against him. Lord Vishnu took birth in the form of Lord Krishna in order to assassinate Narakasura and eradicat his atrocity. People light up lights and diyas to represent their deep faith in doing good deeds. There is a unique way of celebrating Narak Chaturdashi. In the glory of Narak Chaturdashi, people wake up early in the morning. To commemorate the victory of Lord Krishna, people break a bitter fruit into pieces that symbolizes the head of Narakasura. The festival of Narak Chaturdashi is an appropriate symbol that delivers a message of peace and being good all over.
Govardhan Puja in 2013
Govardhan Puja in 2013 is on 4 November. The second last day of the Diwali festive season is devoted to the Govardhan Pooja. Govardhan is considered as a very auspicious festival and is celebrated with great zeal especially in the city of Mathura. Mathura is said to be the birthplace of the Lord Krishna. On the day of Govardhan, Lord Krishna is not only worshipped but also offered dishes of his choice like prasad prepared with butter. Lord Krishna was the one who persuaded people of Gokul to worship Govardhan parvat instead of Lord Indra as Govardhan parbat was the real persisting source of the food. Once the people of Gokul started worshipping Govardhan parbat, Lord Indra felt humiliated, and cursed those people with nonstop rain that started destroying the lives of people living there. In order to save the lives of so many people, Lord Krishna lifted the Govardhan parvat on his little finger. Therefore, Govardhan pooja came into existence to honor the sources of food and Lord Krishna is also known as Govardhandhari since that day.
Bhai Dooj in 2013
Bhai Dooj in 2013 is on 5 November. The festival of Bhai Dooj is solely dedicated to all the brothers and the sisters. Bhai Dooj celebrated in almost all the parts of the country is the last festival of Diwali festive season. The day of Bhai Dooj in accordance to the Lunar calendar is the second day of the Shukla Paksha in the month of Kartika. The purity of the festival is in the love and affection of the brothers and sisters for each other. It is believed that the Yamraj and his sister Yami got united after a long period of separation. It was the day when Yam visited his loving sister as they both used to miss each other a lot. Delighted with the welcome of Yami, Yam affirmed that this day will be remembered and celebrated for ages.
Some people also associate this festival with Lord Krishna. It is said that Lord Krishna visited his sister after assassinating the demon Narakasura. Lord Krishna's sister welcomed him with flowers and tilak. The excitement of the people regarding Bhai Dooj can be seen all over. Brothers and sisters buying gifts can be spotted everywhere. The common ritual of Bhai Dooj consists of putting tilak on the forehead of the brothers and then enjoying together. Bhai Dooj is celebrated significantly every year and can be stated as one of the most captivating festivals of Hinduism.
Diwali Quotes, Wishes, Greetings and SMS
It is the time to grab all the expressive words and send them to your loved ones. Diwali is not a festival to be celebrated alone. Spread the magic of Diwali without being confined to any limit by giving apt meaning to your Diwali wishes. Modes of wishing Diwali are many but words that will convey the exact feelings are few. Some of the most common modes of wishing that are used now- a- days are SMSs, greetings and social networking sites. Choose your mode of wishing and select the beautiful rhyme dedicated to Diwali accordingly. These Diwali quotes are rhymed in such a way then they won't let you down ever. Moreover, these wishes are available in the languages like Hindi and English. You can use them in whatever mode you want. Here we are presenting the best collection of Diwali wishes that will not only pour your heart out but will also leave a lovable impact on the receiver's heart. Therefore, don't miss the unique chance of exploring wonderful Diwali wishes and select them as per your choice.
Diwali Wallpapers and Pictures
Celebrating Diwali and performing the rituals with absolute devotion endows immense blessings to a person. To worship Laxmi, Ganesha and Saraswati on the day of Diwali, the temples and shrines are decorated attractively with mesmerizing posters of Lord Ganesha, Goddess Laxmi and Saraswati. Beautiful wallpapers of God can also be applied on the screen of computers and mobiles. These Diwali pictures and wallpapers play an imperative role in soothing the soul of a body from within. The calmness and positive vibe that comes from them drives out the negativity gradually and leave a person in a state of ultimate or divine pleasure. The collection of exclusive wallpapers and pictures of Diwali on AstroSage will amaze you in all possible ways. You can rely on these pictures easily if you want to experience peace and tranquility for a longer duration of time.
Rangoli for Diwali
Drawing Rangoli on any auspicious occasion is taken as a tradition in our culture. It is believed that Rangoli is a spiritual way of inviting happiness and prosperity to our home. Let's play with colors on the occasion of Diwali and draw beautiful and eye catching Rangoli. Rangoli is not a mere design, it is the portrayal of different beliefs. There is a belief that states that Rangoli symbolizes calmness, growth and luck. People use different colors and designs that depict their mood and attitude toward life. Usually, Rangoli that contains drawing of Lord Ganesha, Goddess Laxmi and Saraswati are most popular during the festive season of Diwali. These Diwali Rangolis vibrate positivity to each corner of the home and also work as a beautiful decorative item. There is lot more to know about a Rangoli. Different Rangolis have a different story to tell you. Get to know about the hidden meanings of the Rangolis used in Diwali and decorate your house with the same.
Diwali rituals and celebrations
Diwali is celebrated with extreme enthusiasm every year. The preparation for the festival starts from even a month before. Almost every place in the country is decorated with flowers and lights. Apart from distributing sweets and playing with firecrackers, there are some significant Diwali rituals to be followed with utter devotion on the day of Diwali. People offer prayers to divine Ganesha, Laxmi and Saraswati in the evening and then light up the diyas. These diyas are then placed to the desired places at home to remove the prevailing darkness. Lighting up the diyas is considered as a very pious deed and the satisfaction of lighting up the diyas can be seen on every face. Diwali is the day that signifies the arrival of Lord Rama with his wife Sita and brother Laxman to his kingdom 'Ayodhya' after 14 years of exile. They were greatly loved by the people of Ayodhya and therefore, they welcomed them with flowers and sweets. Celebrants meet their loved ones and also bless them with best of their wishes. Diwali not only marks the importance of goodness on ill deeds but it also spread love all over. Apart from this, it is also believed that Maa Laxmi visits Earth on this day. Hence, people keep the doors of their houses open in her welcome and also keep their houses clean as well as decorated. With this, we hope that Diwali 2013 brings immense happiness to you and your family.
All these festival combine together to form the festive season of Diwali. Diwali is enjoyed and celebrated by people of all ages. Sweets, lights and firecrackers are the main essence of Diwali. Have a blasting Diwali in 2013.