Diwali Festival 2011 Celebration of Dhantrayodashi, Laxmipujan, Paadvaa and Bhaubeej in Maharashtra

Diwali is one of the main and important festivals of Hindus in Maharashtra. It is the festival of lights and sound. In this resource, we have given information and Schedule for DIWALI FESTIVAL 2011 and its important days including Celebration of Dhantrayodashi, Laxmipujan, Paadvaa and Bhaubeej in Maharashtra.

Diwali in Maharashtra is one of the main and important festivals of Hindus. It is the festival of lights and sound. It symbolizes the victory of good over evil and thus creates a hope in everyone's mind, that there will be brightness and light in everyone's life after the darkness falls in.

Diwali marks the victory of Lord Rama over the king of demons, Lord Ravana. During their period of exile, Lord Rama and Sita along with Laxmana, stayed in Ashok Vatika. It was then that Sita was taken by Ravana and hence, Rama teamed up with Hanuman and his Vaanar Sena to get Sita back. After his victory, Lord Rama returned back to Ayodhya with Sita. The festival was celebrated on his arrival. Ayodhya was lit up with lights and there were huge fireworks that marked his victory and his arrival.


Schedule of Diwali Festival 2011

Diwali is a five day festival that is celebrated as per the Hindu Lunar months. Diwali starts in Ashwin month and ends up in the earliest Kartik. Diwali 2011 will start on 24th October of November.

Dhantrayodashi 2011 (Dhanteras) is the first day of Diwali i.e it falls on 24th October 2011. 'Dhan' stands for wealth, and this day is considered to be an auspicious day, when people actually buy gold ornaments. The whole place is lit up with diyas and rangoli is drawn on the entrance of the main door. Colourful Kandils are found lit up outside each doors or windows. People preferably wear traditional outfits and visit their relatives
distributing sweets and gifts.

The second day of Diwali, i.e. Narak Chaturdarshi falls this year on 26th October 2011. This is one of the important days before the main Deepawali. This day is also called as Chotti Diwali. This day symbolizes the death of demon Narakasura by Lord Krsihna. On this day, Hindus get up early in the morning, lit their houses with diyas and draw rangoli around their house. People have Ahyanga Snan with Sugandhi Utne and dress up in new clothes.

Fire crackers are lit outside the house, and everyone is in a festivity mood. People distribute sweets (faraal) in their neighborhood and enjoy this day with loads of fun. The family and relatives usually enjoy an elaborate breakfast on this day, which usually consist of all the various sweets and farsaans made especially for Diwali. This sweets and farsaan includes Ravaa Laadoos, Besan Laadoos, Chaklis, Shankarpali, Anaarase, Chivda, Karanjee and many other sweets.

Laxmipujan 2011, which is usually the third day too falls on the same day this year. Laxmipujan usually falls on the night of Ashwin Amavasya. This is an auspicious puja for all the Hindus. Everyone makes it a point to reach home and worship the goddess Laxmi in the evening. This is an elaborate pooja in many household. During this pooja, the house is cleaned entirely. Beautiful torans are adorned on the doors. The foot prints of Goddess Laxmi are drawn right from the main entrance to the area where she is to be worshipped. Gold ornaments, jewelry, cash, cheque books, property papers and many other valuable things are worshiped during this puja.


This year, unfortunately the fourth and the fifth day have combined together to form one day itself. Deepawali, Balipratipada, Paadwaa and Bhaubeej fall on the same day this year, i.e. 27th October 2011 which happens to be Sunday. Hence the festivities get a little brief. Balipratipadaa is an important day for the Hindus, as it commemorates victory of Lord Vishnu over the demon king Bali.

Paadvaa 2010 too forms an important day for Hindus, especially Maharashtrians. This day celebrates a special bonding between husband and wives. It is a very important day for a Maharashtrain couple. On this day, Maharashtrian wives do aukshan for their husbands and the husbands in return present them special gifts.

Bhaubeej 2011 is an day of celebration of love and affection between brothers and sisters. On this day, brothers visit their sister's house. The sister does aukshan for the healthy and wealthy life of her brother and the brother in return gives her some special gifts.

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