Auspicious Time & Vastu Tips To Perform Diwali Puja
Want to celebrate the Diwali pooja in a Vastu-compliant manner? We bring you some simple Vastu tips to follow along with brief information on the auspicious time for conducting the puja.
Auspicious time for Diwali Poojan
On Diwali, people usually observe a day-long fast and worship the goddess after the sunset in the ‘Sthir Lagna of Pradosh Kaal’ on Amavasya Tithi - the best time to perform the puja.
It is advised to consult your astrologer to know about the exact time, which could vary based on the location where the puja is performed. Some Vastu experts suggest conducting the puja during Pradosh Kaal which starts from 5:36 pm and ends at 8:11 pm. This year, the Amavasya Tithi starts from 12:23 pm on October 27 and ends at 9:08 am hours on October 28.
Other auspicious mahurat for the puja is the Vrisabha Kaal which starts at 6:42 pm and ends at 8:37 pm. Also, the puja is also performed in the Choghadiya Muhurat. The timings of which are:
While you prepare to perform the puja, keep these Vastu tips in mind
Clean the house: It is widely believed that goddess Lakshmi visits the house that is the cleanest of all. Therefore, before starting the puja, do a thorough cleaning of the entire house by removing unwanted items and mopping the floor. Spray salt water to purify the atmosphere.
Procure puja essentials: Make arrangements for the paraphernalia associated with the puja which entails a thali, flowers, oil lamps, rose water, rangoli, red cloth, kalash, coconut, betel nuts, silver and gold coins, camphor, incense sticks, dry fruits, red vermillion, whole turmeric, mango leaves, uncooked rice and sweets. But the foremost item which is needed is the idols of Ganesha, Lakshmi and Saraswati. Some people also keep account books, tools and educational books on the altar for worship.
Create a puja space: If you do not have a separate puja room, choose a space in the northeast direction of your house. It is the Ishan corner which is ideal for worship. Other areas regarded sacred are north, east or west directions.
Decorate the space: Adorn the room with flowers, rangoli and lighting earthen lamps or light bulbs of green or yellow colours. Decorate the idols and kalash using the materials mentioned above especially turmeric paste, sandal paste, vermilion, rice, flowers and garlands. Hang torans or bandhanwar on the entrance door and display revered symbols like the footprints of goddess Lakshmi on the floor.
Place the idols: On a raised platform or altar, spread the red cloth and place the kalash filled with water, betel nut, leaves, flower, coins, rice grains, etc. Then, place the idol of Ganesha in front of the kalash, on the left side of goddess Lakshmi. You can also place idols of other deities such as Goddess Kali, Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva and Lord Kuber (the wealth god).
Things to note: Never keep the idols facing each other or at the entry door. Also, avoid multiple idols of the same god.