Thursday, October 31, 2013

2013 Diwali Festival dates and Lakshmi puja timings

The festival of Diwali is on the doorstep and it is time to light diyas, put out the buntings and kandeels, make artistic rangolis and gorge on yummy faraal and mithais. It is also the occasion when families and friends spend the maximum time together for a full 5 day celebration of joy and happiness.

One of the most important deities worshipped during Diwali is Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. In addtion, Lord Ganesha, the God of wisdom and Goddess Saraswati, the goddess of knowlege and learing, are worshipped too. 

2013 Five Days of Diwali 
Diwali this year is spread over a full 5 days:

Day 1: November 1st: Dhanteras marks the very first day of Diwali. Many people mark the onset of this day by lighting firecrackers in the early morning hours. Fresh marigolds and mango leaves are strung together as buntings (torans) above the main door of homes and offices.

Day 2: November 2nd: This days is Narak Chaturdashi, which celebrates the defeat of the demon Narakasur by Lord Krishna. It is also the day of the Abhyanga Snan (early morning).

Find out more: Diwali Abhyanga Snaan materials and procedure

Day 3: November 3rd: Lakshmi puja is performed on this day. 2013 Lakshmi Puja time: 6.02p.m. to 8.35p.m. (as per the Kalnirnay calendar).

Learn: How to do a simple Lakshmi puja at home

Know: Mahalakshmi aarti for Lakshmi puja

Goddess Lakshmi

Businessmen perform chopdi puja too to invoke blessings of Goddess Lakshmi: Chopdi puja rituals and traditions

Day 4: November 4th: Diwali Paadva is the New Year and Govardhan Puja is performed on this day.
Learn more: Diwali Paadva Govardhan Puja traditions

Day 5: November 5th: Bhau Bheej is the day when sisters pray for the safety of their brothers and receive gifts from their brothers.
Learn more: Bhau-Bheej Tikka ceremony procedure

Wishing all of you a Happy and Prosperous Diwali!


  1. Hello. Last year 2012 you had published details of Navy Day celebration. This year too I have read some media news but program is not clear. Can you help with program of Naval Band performance between 8th to 13th Nov. 2013. Many thanks.

  2. Thanks Singh for visiting my blog. I have posted this year's schedule:
    [posted it a bit late though!]