Indian Festivals

Do's and Don'ts for Diwali/दिवाली

Do's and Don'ts for Diwali/दिवाली

Do's 
Always fill the main pooja Diya with Ghee. You can use mustard oil for other diyas
Always set the pooja area in the north-east direction and sit facing the north while doing pooja
Place the idols in the following order from left to right-Lord Ganesha, lakshmiji, Vishnu God, Saraswati Maa and Maa Kali. Then place idols of lakshmanji, Shreeram, and Mata Sita.
Keep another ghee diya lit throughout the diwali night in the south-east corner of your home
Always arrange diyas in a group of four denoting Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Ganesha, Lord  Kuber and Lord Indra
Make greater use of the colours red, like you can use red diyas, candles, lights, bedsheets and red flowers. You may supplement it with the colour pink.
Always start diwali pooja with the worship of lord Ganesha who is worshipped as "Vighnaharta” in Indian tradition.
You should worship your account books also, if maintained. They should be placed in front of the idol of Goddess Lakshmi, but a little towards the west
Include lotus flower in diwali puja as it is the favourite with goddess Maa Lakshmi.
Take an oil bath in the morning, and after getting ready, take blessing of the elders in the family.
Recite Mantra: "OM ANG HARING KALIM SHREE MAHALAXMI NAMAH”

Don'ts 
When choosing gifts for friends and relatives, avoid leather items, cutlery and Crackers. If you want to gift any of these, accompany them with some mithai
Gambling should be avoided and even if it is being played, it should be done as a game and playing it with money should not be done.
Avoid Drinking and taking non-vegetarian food on Diwali
Don’t leave the pooja area unattended throughout the night to make sure that the diya remains lit. Keep on adding ghee to it as it gets finished up.
Do not use too many candles. Use Diyas instead.
Do not place that idol of Ganeshji in the pooja area, which is not in a seated position and the one with right-sided trunk
Do not light crackers when the lakshmi pujan is on or immediately after it.
Do not clap while singing arti of Lakshmiji ( you can use a small bell) and also do not sing too loud as it is said that goddess Lakshmi abhors loud noise
Do not place goddess Lakshmi alone, without her constant companion lord Vishnu.