Diwali and solar eclipse, some rules to follow
Diwali, the festival of lights, is the time of year when Goddess Lakshmi visits our homes. Therefore, people clean their houses and light diyas to welcome the goddess of wealth. This year on Diwali, light 24 diyas and keep them around the house or on the altar or in the mandir. The scent of agarbatti or dhoop and fresh flowers will add to the mood. Make a beautiful rangoli at the entrance of your house. Spend time with your family and stay home, pray and eat with family. Decorate the entrance as it is the mukh dwar of the house – positivity and energy enter the house from the main entrance. In the evening, light the diyas and do the puja. Follow the mahurat to do Diwali puja to reap the benefits. During prayer, face north or east. For abundance and wealth, light three red diyas in the southeast area of the home or office. Diwali pujan is October 24.
After Lakshmi pujan ends on October 24, put kusha/darbh/durva on Lakshmi’s revered coins, on chopdas and cover them with red cloth.
On October 25, India will witness a partial solar eclipse. It will start at 4:29 p.m. and end at 5:42 p.m. in India. As soon as the clock strikes 12 o’clock and the date reaches 25, the shadow (sutak) of the solar eclipse begins at 04:49 early in the morning.
This time is of the utmost importance for the awakening of our self-awareness and escalation by reciting mantras and chanting. The count becomes a thousand times. Do not use your japmala or aasan during this time, count it in other ways and sit on a darbh aasan.
Once the solar eclipse is over, you have to take a bath and then visit a temple. The lighting of diyas will continue in the same way as after the completion of Diwali pujan.
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