Diwali (or Divali) the name derived and comes in to existence from the Sanskrit word Deepavali (deep + aavali) which literally and spiritually means "a row of lights " or the "festival of lights" This is an auspicious day, and celebrated by Hindus across the world, and for most Hindus this day is the beginning of the New Year.
Shree Mahalaxmi Temple, Kolhapur
On a more personal front, however, Diwali is a time to 'turn inward and light the lamps of knowledge and truth in our hearts and minds' so that we can dispel the 'forces of darkness and ignorance within us and allow our innate brilliance and goodness to shine forth. Hence people performs puja of Sri Maha Lakshmi, the goddess of associated with wealth, health, education, status, children, grain, success and courage of eight qualities and gives or shower on her Devotees on the eve of this festival.
Recitation: "Om Asato Ma Sad GamayaTamaso Ma Jyotir GamayaMrityor Ma Amritam GamayaOm Shanti Shanti Shanti"
it means — Lead us from untruth to truthFrom darkness to lightFrom death to immortalityOm Peace Peace Peace.
Sripuram Sri Lakshmi Narayani Temple of Devi Shakti in the form of Lakshmi
Story about broken tusk of Ganesha Ganesha was very happy. His devotees had given him plenty of sweets and he had taken as many as he could and stuffed himself with quiet a lot sweets as he was walking home. Naturally Ganesha was traveling on his vehicle the mouse, and the two of them scurried along, back home.
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