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Diwali 2024: Festival Dates, History, and Auspicious Muhurat

Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is one of the most significant festivals in India, celebrated with immense enthusiasm and joy across the country. In 2024, Diwali falls on Thursday, November 7th. This festival of lights symbolizes the victory of light over darkness and good over evil. Let’s delve into the dates, history, and auspicious muhurat for Diwali 2024.

Key Dates of Diwali 2024

Diwali is not just a single-day celebration but a five-day festival, each day having its own significance:

  1. Dhanteras: October 29, 2024 (Tuesday)
  2. Kali Chaudas: October 30, 2024 (Wednesday)
  3. Narak Chaturdashi: October 30, 2024 (Wednesday)
  4. Diwali (Lakshmi Puja): October 31, 2024 (Thursday)
  5. Govardhan Puja: November 1, 2024 (Friday)
  6. Bhai Dooj: November 2, 2024 (Saturday)
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The History Behind Diwali

The origins of Diwali can be traced back to several legends and stories:

  1. Return of Lord Rama: One of the most popular stories is the return of Lord Rama, along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana, to Ayodhya after a 14-year exile and defeating the demon king Ravana. The people of Ayodhya lit oil lamps to celebrate their return.
  2. Goddess Lakshmi’s Birthday: Diwali is also celebrated as the birthday of Goddess Lakshmi, who emerged from the ocean of milk during the churning of the sea (Samudra Manthan).
  3. Lord Krishna’s Victory: In some parts of India, Diwali commemorates Lord Krishna’s victory over the demon Narakasura, symbolizing the victory of good over evil.
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Auspicious Muhurat for Diwali 2024

Performing rituals during the auspicious muhurat enhances the positive effects of the worship. Here are the muhurat timings for Diwali 2024:

  • Lakshmi Puja Muhurat: The most auspicious time for Lakshmi Puja on Diwali is from 06:25 PM to 08:25 PM.
  • Pradosh Kaal: The Pradosh Kaal is considered ideal for Diwali puja, which is from 05:45 PM to 08:25 PM.
  • Vrishabha Kaal: Another suitable period for the puja is during the Vrishabha Kaal, which falls from 06:25 PM to 08:25 PM.

Diwali is a time for family gatherings, sharing sweets, and spreading joy. It’s a festival that brings people together, regardless of their cultural or religious backgrounds, to celebrate the triumph of light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance.

As you prepare for Diwali 2024, remember to embrace the spirit of the festival by lighting up your homes, sharing love and happiness, and praying for prosperity and well-being.

May this Diwali bring you joy, health, and prosperity!

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