I wish all of you a happy and prosperous Diwali. As per the Hindu calendar, Diwali marks the beginning of New Year as well as new cycles, where you should shed old things and make way for new opportunities. It is believed that Lakshmi, the goddess of fortune, visits houses during Diwali, but she only enters clean and well-lit homes. Here are a few suggestions to help make your life better in coming days.
An image of Lakshmi and Ganesh placed on the front door enhances positive energy and dispels negativity.
Make rangoli at the entrance, with coloured powder mixed with rock salt, to invite Lakshmi.
Toran fixed on the main door brings good luck.
A string of marigold flowers and mango leaves tied to the frame of the main door represents nature's abundance and attracts good luck.
In vaastu, north is known as Kuberasthana and bestows wealth and power. It is the best place for a safe box. In order to maintain wealth you already have, place a statuette of Lakshmi in the safe with your valuables.
To improve your financial fortunes, place a representation of Lakshmi in the north together with a few coins.
Move 27 things in your home on Diwali and watch as fortune invades your life. Moving 27 things is harder than you think, but remember it will also be counted if you just move salt and pepper shakers so they sit on the other side of each other.
Refill your normal sugar reserves in the kitchen to ensure sweet days ahead.
A water fountain can be extremely valuable, especially if placed in North, East or South-east direction. Fresh water is symbolic of good health. But, the water fountain should be proportionate in size to the room.
Place a cascade of water outside your front door, preferably on the right-hand side of the door.
This Diwali, address the following directions to achieve specific results:
East: A water feature will help you start new projects.
South: Hang pictures that inspire you to achieve more.
Southeast: A bowl of fresh water on top of a 100 rupee note for your business's prosperity.
Southwest: A clay pot with yellow flowers will increase savings.
West: Place a piggy bank to enhance your energy to work and make money.
North: To improve cash flow and speed up recovery, hang a crystal ball.
Northwest: Keep your bank/investment papers in this sector.
Raman Datta is a feng shui and vaastu consultant. Call: 9810155835