Maha Lakshmi Diwali Blessings Mantras-Prana Kishore
Prana Kishore releases the album “Maha Lakshmi Diwali Blessings Mantras” world wide in collaboration with I Tunes and Amazon on 20th Oct 2014 for Diwali
1-Subham Karoti Kalyanam-Mantra for Lighting Lamp also Evening Mantra to Bless You With Wealth.Play this mantra on Diwali day,in Weddings and all Functions.
2-Karaagre Vasate Lakshmi-Morning Mantra in Bed Looking at Both Hands to Believe in Your Self and to Start thDay with Positive Attitude to Succeed
3-Samudra Vasane Devi-Morning Mantra to Mother Earth for Forgiveness for Touching Her With Your Feet.Mantra Gives Patience to Start the Day
4-Gange Cha-Mantra in Shower Since All Waters Come from Ganga and to Save Water as it is essential to Life
5-Ya Devi Sarva Bhoteshu– Lakshmi Mantra to Bless You With Good Fortune and Wealth
6-Yen Moole Sarvatheerthani-Tulasi Mantra to Remain as Pure as Tulasi in Life
7-Annaporne-Mantra Before Meals to Thank God for the Food By First Offering Food to God as Prasad.We should also eat food less like the prasad to be in good health.
8-Asathoma Sadgamaya-Diwali Mantra To Lead You From Darkness To Light, Truth To Untruth and from Death to Immortality
Let me explain about Diwali in a Q & A format easy to understand by the next generation.
How was the name Diwali formed ?
Diwali is derived from the Sanskrit word Dīpāvali, formed from dīpa “light” or “lamp” and āvalī series, line, row). Dīpāvali or Deepavali thus meant a “row” or series of lights.
What is the meaning of Diwali?
Diwali also known as Deepavali and its meaning is “festival of lights” ancient Hindu festivals celebrated in autumn every year in Oct-Nov in India.It is also celebrated by Jains and Sikhs
In which countries is Diwali celebrated?
80% of 1.2 Billion people in India are Hindus and there are 3 Million Hindus in USA.
What is the most important Diwali Prayer and Mantra one must learn and Pray on Diwali day?
A Vedic prayer from Brhadaranyaka Upanishad celebrating lights is:
Asato ma sat gamaya
| (असतो मा सद्गमय
Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya |
तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय
Mṛtyor ma amṛtam gamaya |
मृत्योर्मा अमृतं गमय
Om shanti shanti shantihi ||
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः
Lead us from Untruth to Truth.
Lead us from Darkness to Light.
Lead us from Death to Immortality.
Om Peace, Peace, Peace.
Asathoma Sadgamaya-Diwali Mantra To Lead You From Darkness To Light, Untruth To Truth and from Death to Immortality. Listen to Prana Kishore CD on how to pronounce and sing this Mantra
What is the Religious Significance of Diwali In Hinduism?
The festival is mentioned in Padma Purana, the Skanda Purana, and other Hindu scriptures. In the Hindu philosophy, a central belief is that there is something beyond the physical body and mind which is pure, infinite, and eternal, called the Atman. The celebration of Diwali as the “victory of good over evil”, refers to the light of higher knowledge dispelling all ignorance, the ignorance that masks one’s true nature, not as the body, but as the unchanging, infinite,immanent and transcendent reality.
With this awakening comes compassion and the awareness of the oneness of all things, and knowledge overcomes ignorance. Diwali is the celebration of this Inner Light over spiritual darkness knowledge over ignorance, right over wrong, good over evil.
This is the message one can implement in their lives.
Diwali is honoring the return of the lord Rama, his wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana from exile, as told in Ramayana
Its also the return of Pandavas after 12 years of Vanvas and one year of agnyatavas as told in Mahabharata.
Diwali is linked to the celebration of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, and wife of deity Vishnu. The five day festival of Diwali begins on the day Lakshmi was born from the churning of cosmic ocean of milk during the tug of war between the forces of good and forces of evil; the night of Diwali is the day Lakshmi choose Vishnu as her husband and then married him.
Diwali is the day Vishnu came back to Lakshmi and their abode in the Vaikuntha; so those who worship Lakshmi receive her blessings of health and wealth during the year ahead.
Why is Diwali Celebrated ? – Popular Story From Ancient Times
In Ancient times a demon by name Narakasura, tortured common people.People prayed to Lord Sri Krishna to help them.Sri Krishna fought with Narakasura and killed him on Diwali day.The people then celebrated Narakasura’s defeat with sparklers, lights and firecrackers which is the tradition even today.
An effigy of demon Narakasura is made with Paper or Hay with fire crackers attached to it and then it is set to fire witnessed by a crowd of people.
What are the Traditions and Rituals in Diwali?
Diwali is one of the happiest of holidays in India
1-Before Diwali night, people clean, renovate and decorate their homes
2-They light up diyas,lamps and lights inside and outside their home,
3-They buy new clothes for themselves and their families, gifts, appliances, kitchen utensils, cars and gold jewelry.People also buy gifts for family members and friends which include sweets, dry fruits and seasonal specialities..
4-Kids hear ancient stories, legends, from their parents and grand parents.
5-Girls and woman create rangoli and other patterns on floors, near doors and walkways.
6-Youth and adults helping with lighting decorations and preparing for fireworks
7-They exchange gifts among family and friends.
8-Families visiting temples in their city
9-Prayers and puja in the morning and evening to Lakshmi,Ganesha,Saraswathi,and Kubera.Eastern India they pray to Kali. Northern part they pray to Sri Krishna called feast of annakoot by offering 58-108 varieties of sweets.
10-Diwali feast lunch and dinner with sweets
11-Fire crackers after dinner at night. In Tamil Nadu they fire crackers early morning.
Diwali is Celebrated for 5 days
First day is called Dhanteras-Comes 18days after dassera.They pray Lakshmi since it is her birthday.Lakshmi is Godess of wealth.It is also the birthday of Dhanvantri, godess of health and healing.All the normal traditions are done this day also.
Second day is called Naraka Chaturdasi (Choti Diwali)-Women wear henna to hands.This is the day the demon Narakasura was killed by Sri Krishna.
All the normal traditions are done this day also.Fire crackers are fired this day.
Third day is Called Diwali Day where the whole family and friends celebrate. Lakshmi is believed to roam the earth on Diwali night. On the evening of Diwali, people open their doors and windows to welcome Lakshmi, and place diya lights on their windowsills and balcony ledges to invite her inside their homes. All the normal traditions are done this day also.This is the main day to fire firecrackers. This is also a new year day for Gujarathis and Marwaris.
Forth Day is called Diwali Padva. dedicated to wife and husband relationship. This day ritually celebrates the love and mutual devotion between the wife and husband. Newly married daughters with their husbands are invited for special meals and Diwali.
Fifth day is called Bhau-Beej or Bhai dooj (Brother’s second). Dedicated to sister and brother relationship. Brothers bring their sister’s family to their homes to celebrate their sister-brother bond.
Diwali by Jains.
Jains celebrate festival of lights to mark attainment of Moksha by Mahavir at
Pavapuri on 15 October 527 BCE.
Diwali by Sikhs
Sikhs celebrate Bandi Choorh Divas
Guru Har GobindJi freed himself and Hindu Kings, from Fort Gwalior, from the prison of Islamic ruler Jahangir, and arrived at the Golden Temple in Amritsar. Ever since then, Sikhs celebrate Bandi Choorh Divas, with prayers and the annual lighting of Golden Temple, followed by fireworks.
Festival of Peace
On this festive occasion, Hindu, Jain and Sikh communities also mark charitable causes, kindness, and for peace. For example, at the international border, every year on Diwali, Indian forces approach Pakistani forces and offer traditional Indian sweets on the occasion of Diwali. The Pakistani soldiers anticipating the gesture, return the goodwill with an assortment of Pakistani sweets.
Diwali and Economics
Diwali is one of the happiest of holidays in India.Diwali is equivalent to Christmas.
Diwali is a peak buying season for gold and jewelry in India.It is also a major sweets, candy and fireworks buying season.US$ 800 million (INR 5,000 crores) worth of firecrackers are consumed in India over the Diwali season.
This is how people wish each other Happy Diwali in different Languages:
Greeting in Nepali, Hindi and Sanskrit–
“Shubha Deepawali” शुभ दीपावली:.
Greeting in Hindi—
“Shubh Diwali” / Diwali ki Shubhkamnayein
(दीवाली की शुभकामनाएं):
Greeting in Gujarati–
Diwali Mubarak (દીવાળી મુબારક):
Greeting in Marathi–
Shubh Diwali / Diwalichya hardik Shubhechha
(शुभ दीवाली / दीवाळीच्या हार्दिक शुभेच्छा ):
Greeting in Tamil–
Deepavali Nalvazhthukkal (தீபாவளி நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்) :
Greeting in Telugu–
Deepavali Shubhakankshalu (దీపావళి శుభాకా౦క్షలు) :
Greeting in Malayalam–
Deepavali Aashamsagal ( ദീപാവളി ആശംസകൾ):.
Greeting in Kannada–
Deepavali Habbada Shubhashayagalu (ದೀಪಾವಳಿ ಹಬ್ಬದ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳು):
Greeting in Punjabi
Tuhanu diwali diyan boht boht vadhaiyan
(ਤੁਹਾਨੂੰ ਦਿਵਾਲੀ ਦੀਆਂ ਬਹੁਤ ਬਹੁਤ ਵਧਾਈਆਂ ਹੋਣ ):
Greeting in Bengali
Subho Deepabalir Preeti O Subechsha (শুভ দীপাবলীর প্রীতি ও শুভেচ্ছা) :
Greeting in Oriya–
Deepavalira Anek Shubhechha (ଦୀପାବଳିର ଅନେକ ଶୁଭେଛା) :
Greeting in English–
“Happy Deepavali!” or Happy Diwali :
Lets ensure that the lights are glowing in all homes and everyone is Happy