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festival of lights as the main festive day of Deepawali.

by Pokhara City

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A day before Diwali, we celebrate Choti Diwali and a day after is the Govardhan Puja. Diwali falls in the Ashvin month of the Hindu lunisolar calendar. Literally and metaphorically, Diwali stands for lighting the lamp of knowledge to drive away the darkness in our hearts. This major Hindu festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm and fervor by devotees across the world every year. Here is all you need to know about the festival of lights:

Lakshmi Pooja (Sanskrit: लक्ष्मी पूजन, IAST: Lakṣmī Pūjāna), is a Hindu religious festival that falls on Amavasya (new moon day) of Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) in the Vikram Samvat Hindu calendar month of Ashwin, on the third day of Deepawali and is considered as the main festive day of Deepawali.

According to legend, Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, prosperity, auspiciousness, and good fortune, and Lord Vishnu’s wife, visits her devotees and bestows gifts and blessings upon each of them. To welcome the Goddess, devotees clean their houses, decorate them with finery and lights, and prepare sweet treats and delicacies as offerings. Devotees believe the happier Lakshmi is with the visit, the more she blesses the family with health and wealth. In Bengal Lokkhi Pujo or Laxmi puja is performed on Sarada Purnima day, the full moon day following Vijaya Dashami. This puja is also known as Kojagori Lokkhi pujo. Women worship Maa Laxmi in the evening after cleaning their house and decorating the floor of their houses with alpona or rangoli.

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