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Dhana / Dhaanya Lakshmii Puja
(sanskrit with English Instructions & Translations)

Devanagari Script - Postscript File
Tamil Script - Adhawin Font
Tamil Script - Adhawin Font (with 234 for pronunciation help)

Dhana / Dhaanya Lakshmii Puja (SHORT :-)
(sanskrit with English Instructions & Translations)

Devanagari Script - Postscript File

Combined Lakshmii & Kedareshvara Puja (SHORT :-)
(sanskrit with English Instructions & Translations)

Devanagari Script - Postscript File

What Puja is when during this Diwali Season

Trayodashi: 13th day (Oct 18th) aaditya vasare, uttara naxatre

Also known as Dhantrayodashi; Dhanwantari(who appeared from sagar manthan) jayanthi; Evening we do jala puja, decorating pots containing water(now taps);
Night oil bath for children. Adults take oilbath early morning before sunrise

Chaturdashi: (Oct 19th ) soma vasare hasta naxatre

Also known as Naraka Chaturdashi(the day Narakasura was killed by Lord Krishna) Dhanalaxmi puja is done on that day; some do instead dhanya laxmi puja;

Kedareshwara puja;

Kedareshwara vrita was performed by Gauri to obtain the half body of Shiva. When the pramatha gana brangiriti did the pradaxina for Shiva without including Parvati. Shiva explains on enquiry by her that those who know brahman have nothing to obtain from you hence they do not do the circumambulation. Parvati, in a huff of anger leaves the place and enters the forest. Encountering the sage Gautama she asks the sage a way to obtain the half body of Shiva. He asked her to perform Kedareshwar vrita. It starts from ashtami(8th day) and culminates on amavaasya day. In practice however, it is generally done on the last day. So it is the worship of Lord Shiva and the name is Kedareshwara vrita.
All pujas call for some austerities like fast or semifast on fruits or milk or juices. There is no exception for this.

Akaasha deepa

Keep AAkaasha deepa for departed souls(to light their way; meaning when we engage in the devotional service, we have satisfied our departed ancestors and now they can freely reach their ultimate destination without worrying about us.)

Amaavaasya: (Oct 20) kuja vasare chitra naxatre

Deepavali; Gopuja(worship cows; a drop of urine of cow is taken)

Kartik Maasa Shukla Pratipada (Oct 21) bhuda vasare swati naxatre

New year Mahavira shaka 2525 and Vikrama shaka 2055 begins

baliindra puja(The day when Bali Chakravarti was sent to nether worlds; He had usurped the kingdom of Indra; Lord came as vamana and with two measures of his tiny foot, he covered earth and healvens. The third was used on Bali's head to relieve him of all that he had gained.
(meaning; we are bali; we aggrandize; in order to reach god, we have to let go all that we have and become disposseed)

since it is a new year the puja for new books and 'angadi'(business) puja is also done on this day; some do dhanalaxmi puja on this day.

In today's world for most of us, we have to choose a day like sunday to have these functions when you can do all the pujas on the same day.

Some Diwali Links

In celebration of the Deepavali festival today, Divine Life Society's website has uploaded two essays on Deepavali.

The first one is on the significance of Deepavali by Holy Master Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj. This essay is at:

The second is by Sri Swami Krishnanadaji Maharaj, titled Yajna--Quintessence of the Culture of India. In this article Swamiji explains the import of Yajna (sacrifice) in the context of India's culture and Deepavali being one of the days in which we are reminded of our three-fold duty to: ourselves--Tapas (austerities), others--Dana (charity) and God--Yajna. This article is at:

Information about Diwali
Virtual Diwali Greeting Cards
Screen Savers, Downloads related to Diwali
Recipes for Diwali


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Last Updated on: Tuesday, September 21, 1999 11:27 PM