Just wanted to wish everyone a very happy Diwali J Wondering why am wishing now?
Diwali celebration in Maharashtra is interestingly different from what is seen in other parts of the country. In a typical Marathi family Diwali celebrations starts with Rama Ekadashi followed by 'Vasu-baras' that comes on tithi 'Ashwin krushna dwadashi' as per Marathi calendar. Vasu-baras is a celebration held in honor of cows - regarded as mother, sacred animal because of its versatile usefulness by Hindus. Following the rituals of the day, married women perform 'puja' of cows having calf. The tradition symbolizes a mankind's gratitude towards cow for serving them and their children.
So today is “Vasu-Baras”, hence the wishes. Have a great day ahead… If you are interested in more details.. Following are the details about the Diwali in Maharastra…
Diwali in Maharashtra
Diwali Celebration in Maharashtra
Dhanatrayodashi is a popular name for Dhanteras in Maharashta. Some also celebrate Dhanvantari Jayanti on this day to honor the great god of Ayurved and health science, lord Dhanvantari. On the day of Dhanatrayodashi 'Yama-Deep-Dan' is held wherein mothers and wives make one ‘lamp (diya)’ each for all living male in the family. The diva, made from the kneaded flour is lit and offered to Lord Yama in the evening. The direction of flame is never kept towards south throughout the year, but this day is an exception. This day, the flame of Diya is kept southwards-south being the direction of death/Yama-to honor Lord Yama, As they perform the ritual womenfolk pray to Lord Yama - God of Death and justice that their husbands and sons be blessed with a long healthy life. Narak Chatudarshi
Chhoti Diwali is popularly known as Narak-Chaturdashi in Maharashtra. On this day people celebrate Narakasur’s death by Lord Krishna and his sister Subhadra. They get up early before sunrise and massage their bodies with scented oil. And as a custom they use 'utane' or 'utanah' for bath instead of soap. This special bath is referred to as 'abhyang-snan' and is to be finished before sunrise. It may be noted that 'Utane' is not the same as uptan. Utane is made of several things having ayurvedic properties like 'chandan' (sandalwood), 'Kapoor' (camphor), Manjistha, Rose, Orange skin and Haldi (turmeric). Diwali Celebrations - Lakshmi-Pujan
Lakshmi-pujan is celebrated on the Diwali evening. Believing that Goddess Lakshmi visits every house in the evening, people perform ‘Lakshmi Puja’. This is essentially a worship of Lord Ganesh along with Goddess mother Lakshmi, in her various forms like money, jewelleries and the broom. Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth, prosperity, beauty. She is fond of cleanliness, so broom, which helps in cleanliness is considered sacred. Cleanliness is another form of Lakshmi. Maintaining it is her Pooja only. A variety of mouth-watering delicacies including Ladoo (of Bundi, besan, Rava and other), Mohan-thal, Chivda, Chakali, Shankar-pale, Anarse, Kadaboli, Karanji, Shev, Chirote, Khandwe etc are prepared to mark the festival. Throughout Diwali, Marathi people hang 'Akash-kandil' / 'Akash-diva' and lit up 'panti's outside their houses. Tradition of drawing colourful 'Rangoli's is also followed in Maharashtra as in rest of India. Diwali Cha Padva
The third day of Diwali is also celebrated as 'Diwalicha Padva' by many. This is a celebration of togetherness of husband and wife and love shared by them. To mark the occasion wife does 'aukshan' of her husband and husbands present a special gift to their wife. On this day, Dwapar Yuga had started many thousand years ago.(Now is Kali Yuga wich started around 5200 BC). Bhav-Bij
The last day of Diwali festival is called Bhau Bij. In this sisters do 'aukshan' of their brothers and pray for their long life. Brothers, in their turn bless their sister and pamper them with loads of Bhau-Bij gifts. Tulsi-Vivah
In Maharashtra, end of Diwali celebrations marks the beginning of Tulsi-Vivah. Under this people organize marriage of sacred tulsi (a basil plant) in their house. In Maharashtra the tradition is that people start organizing marriage ceremonies of their sons/daughters only once Tulsi-vivah starts. Celebration of Diwali ends with Dev-Diwali. (Celectial Diwali, Diwali celebration of Devas/Gods)