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Diwali 2020: All about the Festival of Lights; Date, Shubh Muhurat and Puja Timings

Pritam Kashyap
Pritam Kashyap

Diwali or Deepavali marks the return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya after fourteen years of exile and therefore return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya is widely celebrated across the nation.  

Diwali is celebrated on the new moon day of Kartik month. This year, Diwali is falling on November 14, 2020. Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha are worshipped on this festival and it is believed that worshipping mother Lakshmi and Lord Ganesh on Deepawali brings peace, progress and prosperity. 

When Lord Rama returned after a fourteen-year exile to Ayodhya, people rejoiced and lit their homes with diyas. Hence it is also known as 'the festival of lights’; and it became customary to light earthen diyas and candles to celebrate the day. 

Preparations for this grand festival Diwali begins with cleaning the house and in addition to the houses; offices and shops are decorated with lights. On the day of Dhanteras, Lord Dhanvantari and Kubera are worshipped two days before the festival. Even many people purchase and wear new clothes and jewellery during this period, and pray to Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha.  Kali Puja is performed in Eastern States of India such as West Bengal, and in Tamil Nadu, the day is celebrated as Narak Chaturdashi.  

The festivities will begin from November 13, i.e. Dhanteras and Choti Diwali. The festival will be followed by Govardhan Puja on November 15 and Bhaiya Dooj on November 16. 

Diwali 2020: Date and Puja Timings 

On November 14, Chaturdashi will remain at 1.16 PM and then Amavasya will be implemented. This is the reason that Goddess Lakshmi will be worshipped on November 14 from 5:40 in the evening to 8:15 in the night.  

Sweets are integral to any festival, and Diwali without sweets is incomplete. People prefer sweets such as: 

  • Kaju Katli

  • Soan Papdi

  • Mysore Paak

  • Motichoorke Laddoo 

  • Kheer

  • Gulab Jamun 

  • Shankarpaleand so much more. 

May this Diwali light up your new dreams, new hopes, new avenues, and new perspectives. Happy Diwali 2020!! 

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