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Diwali 2023: Festival of Lights – Dates, Time, and Significance

Diwali – The Festival of Lights

Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is a significant Hindu festival celebrated over five days, starting with Dhanteras and concluding with Bhai Dooj. It symbolizes the triumph of brightness over darkness and of goodness over evil.

Diwali Date and Celebration Period

Diwali falls on the 15th day of the Kartik month in the Hindu Lunar calendar, which usually occurs between mid-October and mid-November. This year, Diwali is on November 12. The five-day celebration schedule is as follows:

  • November 10 – Dhanteras
  • November 11 – Choti Diwali
  • November 12 – Diwali and Lakshmi Puja
  • November 14 – Govardhan Puja & Bhai Dooj

Shubh Muhurat for Diwali 2023

Lakshmi Puja, a central Diwali ritual, is considered most auspicious during specific Muhurat times. As per Drik Panchang, this year’s Lakshmi Puja Muhurat is from 5:39 p.m. to 7:35 p.m. The Pradosh Kal spans from 5:29 pm to 8:08 pm, and Vrishabh Kal from 5:39 pm to 7:35 pm. Additionally, the Nishita Kal for Lakshmi Puja falls on November 13, from 11:39 p.m. to 12:32 a.m.

As Diwali approaches, it’s essential to be aware of these dates and times to ensure a prosperous and joyous celebration of the Festival of Lights.

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