How Many Gods & Goddess Are There Worshiped In Diwali Festival & Who Are They: – Diwali is one of those Nepali festivals that offers a great party opportunity. There are sweets, lights, firecrackers and parties everywhere.
Diwali has all the ingredients to make it the largest, brightest and most magical festival in Nepal. It is known as the “Festival of Lights” and is celebrated on the day of Amavasya, the darkest new moon night of the Hindu lunar month of Kartika.
However, in the midst of all the celebrations, there is another aspect of the Diwali celebrations and it is “Diwali Puja”. In fact, Diwali celebrations are incomplete without Diwali Puja. According to the Hindu religion, each of the festivals involving a kind of unique Puja and Diwali is no exception.
In Diwali there is a tradition of worshiping Lord Ganesh and the goddess Laxmi. From time immemorial, the goddess Laxmi and Lord Ganesh are worshiped in Diwali.
Nepali homes religiously follow this ancient tradition. The goddess Laxmi is believed to bless devotees with wealth, prosperity and happiness. Lord Ganesh blesses devotees with knowledge and wisdom.
Worshiping Laxmi and Ganesh leads to integral progress in one’s life. Laxmi and Ganesh are revered However, many devotees still have a relevant question in mind and it is:
Why are Laxmi and Ganesh worshiped in Diwali, not Lord Rama?
This seems to be an obvious question as Diwali commemorates the return of Lord Rama to his reign of Ayodhya after 14 years of exile with Mata Sita and his brother Laxman. During his exile, Lord Rama conquered the demon Ravana with ten heads, king of Lanka.
To explain this question, we must refer to Hindu mythology. According to popular belief, when Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after his exile, all he did very firstly was to worship goddess Laxmi and lord Ganesh.
Since then, tradition has begun to worship Laxmi and Ganesh in Diwali. It became a religious custom to worship Laxmi and Ganesh on Diwali night as “Diwali Puja”. If you look closely, you will also appreciate the concept of worshiping Laxmi and Ganesh in Diwali.
Lord Rama himself was the incarnation of God Vishnu – Conservative of the Universe. His worship of Laxmi and Ganesh reminds us that we must always remember God first in any effort we undertake on this Earth.
Why to worship Laxmi and Ganesh?
Being the king of Ayodhya, Ram himself worshiped Laxmi and Ganesh to pray for the welfare, happiness and prosperity of the masses. He believed that due to his blessing there would be a 360 degree happiness in his kingdom.
His people will be healthy, wise and rich and will advance on the path of truth and justice. And what better way to achieve this goal than to take the blessing of Almighty God in the form of Lord Ganesh and Goddess Laxmi.
Since Lord Rama represents “Ram Rajya” or the correct Rule, it is correct to follow in his footsteps and observe the tradition followed by Him. Worshiping Lord Ganesh and Goddess Laxmi not only do we worship Laxmi and Ganesh, but we also yield our sincere tribute to the King. of the kings – Lord Rama.
By worshiping Laxmi and Ganesh, we invoke knowledge, intelligence, wisdom, health, wealth and prosperity in our lives. Goddess Laxmi is the Goddess of all wealth, money and wealth.
While God Ganesh is considered God of wisdom, intelligence, success and prosperity. They remind us that wealth becomes useful and a blessing only when one has the intelligence and wisdom to use it. It also reminds us that money is only the means to achieve material things in this world.
In the end, one needs spiritual wealth to achieve eternal happiness. Therefore, we must religiously worship Laxmi and Ganesh on Diwali night and welcome them to their blessing in our lives.
We sincerely hope that our explanation will eliminate any confusion in your mind about Diwali Puja and why Laxmi and Ganesh are worshiped in Diwali, not Lord Rama.
By Abhishek Raj Jha