When is Diwali in 2023? Day's beginning and ending, Shubh Muhurat, Puja Vidhi, history, significance, and more
When is Diwali in 2023? Day's beginning and ending, Shubh Muhurat, Puja Vidhi, history, significance, and more

Diwali, also known as Deepavali, stands as one of the most significant and cherished festivals for Hindus, not only in India but across the globe. Rooted deeply in cultural and historical significance, this festival symbolizes the victory of light over darkness and the triumph of good over evil. Beyond its religious connotations, Diwali is a time that unites families and communities, fostering love, unity, and a sense of renewal. Regardless of the scale of celebration, be it grand or simple, the essence of Diwali remains consistent - spreading joy and positivity. Let's explore this jubilant festival, its profound meaning, historical background, rituals, regional variations, and the unique significance of each of its five celebratory days.

Diwali 2023: Date and Timing

Diwali is traditionally celebrated on the fifteenth day of Kartik, a highly revered month in the Hindu lunar calendar. In the year 2023, this festival of lights will be celebrated on Sunday, November 12. This auspicious celebration spans five days, each with its own unique significance and rituals. The Diwali puja, performed during specific auspicious hours, is a time when devotees seek the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha for wealth, prosperity, and wisdom.

Auspicious Timings for Diwali Puja

  • Lakshmi Puja Muhurat: 5:40 PM – 7:36 PM
  • Pradosh Kaal: 5:29 PM to 8:08 PM
  • Vrishabha Kaal: 5:39 PM to 7:35 PM
  • Amavasya Tithi Begins: 2:44 PM on November 12, 2023
  • Amavasya Tithi Ends: 2:56 PM on November 13, 2023

Diwali 2023: History and Significance

The exact historical origins of Diwali remain somewhat elusive, but its essence is universally tied to the victory of good over evil. In Northern India, Diwali is deeply associated with Lord Rama's return to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile, symbolizing the victory over the demon king Ravana. People illuminated earthen lamps to welcome them on a moonless night. In Southern India, it marks the day when Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura. Moreover, it is believed that the divine union of God Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi took place on this day.

Celebration Date in Different Regions of India

Diwali is celebrated with immense enthusiasm across India, albeit with regional variations in dates and customs. Here’s a glimpse of Diwali celebration dates in different parts of India:

  • South India: November 12, 2023
  • Goa and West India: November 11, 2023 (usually the day before Diwali)
  • Varanasi: November 26, 2023
  • Punjab: November 12, 2023
  • All over India including West Bengal, Odisha, Assam, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Gujarat: November 12, 2023

Diwali 2023: A 5-Day Extravaganza

Diwali is not a fleeting celebration; it is a five-day extravaganza, each day carrying its own unique charm and traditions, making it a beautiful and delightful experience for everyone.

5 Days Of Deepawali

  • 10-Nov-23 (Friday): Dhanteras - The day to worship wealth and prosperity.
  • 11-Nov-23 (Saturday): Chhoti Diwali - Also known as Naraka Chaturdashi, symbolizing the victory of Lord Krishna over the demon Narakasura.
  • 12-Nov-23 (Sunday): Diwali - The main day when houses are adorned with lamps and prayers are offered to Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha.
  • 13-Nov-23 (Monday): Govardhan Puja - Honoring the act of Lord Krishna lifting Mount Govardhan to protect the people of Gokul from heavy rains.
  • 14-Nov-23 (Tuesday): Bhaiya Dooj - A day dedicated to celebrating the bond between brothers and sisters.

Diwali, with its vibrant customs and traditions, stands as a beacon of light, spreading joy and happiness in the lives of all who celebrate it. It transcends a religious festival, becoming a celebration of humanity, love, and togetherness.

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