Beliefs And Practice
or more aptly Deepavali is very enthusiastically
celebrated for five continuous days and each day
has its significance with a number of myths, legends
The First day is called DHANTERAS or DHANTRAYODASHI
which falls on the thirteenth day of the month of Kartik.
The word "Dhan" means wealth. As such this
day of the five-day Diwali festival has a great importance
for the rich mercantile community of Western India.
Houses and Business premises are renovated and decorated.
Entrances are made colourful with lovely traditional
motifs of Rangoli designs to welcome the Goddess of
wealth and prosperity. To indicate her long-awaited
arrival, small footprints are drawn with rice flour
and vermilion powder all over the houses. Lamps are
kept burning all through the nights. Believing this
day to be auspicious women purchase some gold or silver
or at least one or two new utensils. "Lakshmi-Puja" is
performed in the evenings when tiny diyas of clay are
lighted to drive away the shadows of evil spirits. "Bhajans"-devotional
songs- in praise of Goddess Laxmi are sung and "Naivedya"
of traditional sweets is offered to the Goddess. There
is a peculiar custom in Maharashtra to lightly pound
dry coriander seeds with jaggery and offer as Naivedya.
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specially made in the occation of Dewali.
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