Diwali 2023: Read the Dates, Muhurats, Rituals, Stories and Significance
Diwali is the most popular festival in India. It is also known as “Deepawali” which in literal terms means rows of lamps (earthen lamps). However, it is celebrated on the 15th day of Kartik (October / November). It is one of the most enjoyable festivals in India.
Diwali is also called ‘Deepotsav’. ‘Tamso ma jyotirgamay’ Arthat (O Lord!) Take me from darkness to light. This year Diwali will be celebrated on Nov 09 all over the country.
The Amavasya tithi begins 02:44 PM on Nov 12, 2023 and ends at 02:56 PM on Nov 13, 2023.
Here is the complete detail about Diwali week. Let’s have a look-
Deepawali Day 1: 9th November 2023 Thursday
Deepawali Day 2: 10th November 2023 Friday
- Dhanvantari Trayodashi
- Yama Deepam
Deepawali Day 3: 11th November 2023 (Saturday)
Deepawali Day 4: 12th November 2023 Sunday
- Narak Chaturdashi
- Tamil Deepavali
- Lakshmi Pooja
- Kedar Gauri Vrat
- Chopda Puja
- Sharda Puja
- Kali Puja
Deepawali Day 5: 13th November 2023 Monday
- Gujarati New Year
- Diwali Snan
- Diwali Devpuja
Deepawali Day 6: 14th November 2023 Tuesday
- Govardhan Puja,
- Bali Pratipada
- Dyuta Krida
- Gujarati New Year
- Bhaiya Dooj
- Yama Dwitiya
Diwali 2023: Dates and Lakshmi Puja Muhurat
Significance of Diwali 2023
Astrological Significance Of Diwali
Scriptural Significance of Diwali
Mythological Stories Behind Diwali Festival
Celebrations and Rituals of Deepawali
How Diwali is celebrated throughout the India?
Diwali marks the ending of a year in Gujrat. Hence, the next day of Diwali is the Gujrati new year known as Bestu Varas. The celebration of Diwali in Gujarat is lined up is Vaag Baras, Dhanteras, Kali Chaudash, Diwali, Bestu Varas, and Bhai Bij.
Diwali is primarily dedicated to Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narkasur in Goa. On Narakasura Chaturdashi, a day befor e Diwali, giant life-size maodel of demon is made and burnt on the dawn.In fact, many people in Goa apply coconut oil on body to free themselves from the sin.
Diwali starts the Vasu Baras ritual in Maharashtra which is dedicated to cow. Here on the day of Dhanteras, people pay homage to the Dhanvantari, Hindu god of medicine and an avatar of Lord Vishnu. Godess Laxmi is worshipped and Diwali Cha Padva is observed on the celebrating the love between marrried couple. In the final day, Bhav Bij and Tusli Vivah are celebrated.
People perform Kauriya Kathi, on the occasion of Diwali. It is a ritual dedicated to ancestors. Jute sticks are burned to pay homage to ancestors. On the ocassion of Diwali, Godess Kali, Godess Laxmi, and Lord Ganesha is worshipped in Orissa.
Dev Deepawali is celebrated in Varanasi. Devotees pray to Ganga and offer diya to the holi river. The popular belief is that on the day of Diwali, gods and godesses come to earth and take a dip in the holy river Ganga.
Kali puja or shyama puja is perfomed on the day of Diwali in West Bengal. Godess Kali is decorated with hibiscus flower and worshipped in Bengali households and temples. Bengalis celebrates Bhoot Chaturdashi before the Diwali in which they light-up fourteen diyas.
Diwali Puja Vidhi
Diwali Puja Mantras
Lakshmi Puja Mantras
Saraswati Puja Vidhi on diwali
Kartik Amavasya in Puranas
Donations on Amavasya
Why do We Light Diyas on Diwali?
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Dwali and why it is celebrated?
Diwali is the celebration of light and celebrated in respect of Lord Rama as he returned to Ayodhya after the 14 years of exile.
2. When is Diwali this year?
This year Diwali will be celebrated on Monday, Nov 12, 2023.
3. Which festivals are celebrated on the five days of Diwali?
The five days of Diwali are celebrated in following way: Dhanteras, Naraka Chaturdashi (Choti Diwali), Diwali (Laxmi Puja), Govardhan Puja or Padva and Bhai Dooj.
4. What does Diwali represents?
Diwali is the sign of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.
5. Why date of Diwali changes every year?
The date of Diwali is decided according to the position of Moon. It falls on Hindu month of Kartik, however, the date changes every year.
6. How Diwali is celebrated?
On this day, people light the oil/ghee diya, meet and greet to family and friends, exchange sweets, and worship Maa Laxmi. Lighting crackers and firworks are the big part of Diwali festival.
7. What kind of food is preffered on Diwali?
Special sweets are prepared on the day of Diwali such as laddus, halwa, and barfis. In fact, snacks are highly preffered like kachori, samosa,or murukku, as depend on06:11 PM to 08:15 PM the choice of people.