Invoking the Gods

Diwali is the festival of lights and celebrations, a time for cleansing your inner and outer self. Vaastu expert Rakesh Chawla gives a few, handy tips.

india Updated: Oct 27, 2003 13:36 IST

Diwali is the festival of lights and celebrations, a time for cleansing your inner and outer self. Traditionally, Indian homes have always dressed up for the arrival of the goddess Lakshmi. Here are a few tips that could invoke her blessings and tempt her to stay longer:

Ensure that each and every corner of your house is lit properly as light escalates the energy levels and woos the goddess. Place deepams or candles on either side of the entrance door and to add to the effect, put red flowers alongside them.

A glittering rangoli pattern with a predominant use of red is considered very auspicious. Burning incense sticks or aromatic candles adds to the vibrancy.

According to the shastras, Laxmi likes cleanliness. Traditionally, houses are whitewashed and repainted for Diwali. However, you should ensure a clutter-free abode and there should be no cobwebs near the doors.

Paint small red feet near the entrance door as they symbolically represent the goddess walking in.

It is important to perform the Laxmi Narayan puja where the benign presence of Ganesha marks an auspicious beginning. Make sure the puja diyas remain lit all night.

Keep an earthen pot with mango leaves and a coconut on top of them near the puja site.

On the following day, it is equally important to conduct the visarjan of the idols or keep them in a place of honour and perform the govardhan or vishvakarma puja by worshipping the tools and instruments used in
your profession.

Wish you all a very happy and prosperous Diwali!

The author is the Principal of the Institute of Vaastukala and can be contacted atvaastukala@hotmail.com

First Published: Oct 27, 2003 13:36 IST