Deepavali Utsav of Sanatan Dharma

A very short post on Deepavali.

Deepavali or Deepotsav is not a tradition nor a ritual nor a celebration nor a way of life.

Deepavali is Dharma.

Every follower of Sanatan Dharma is required to follow these specific Dharmic activities in these days. These days are overloaded with energy which must be channelised into our lives, our bodies, minds and souls in a positive way. You have to invoke energy of the highest levels, call on the Eternal Consciousness and generate positive intentions. The power of this time, space and the mantra power your intention and turn your desires into reality. This happens only once a year so make the most of it.

ॐ दीपज्योतिः परंब्रह्म दीपज्योतिर्जनार्दनः।
दीपो हरतु मे पापं संध्यादीपः नमोस्तु ते॥ ॐ 

This week long Deepotsav starts with

Rama Ekadashi – Ashwin Krishna Ekadashi – Here we do pujas of Devi Laxmi in her form named ‘Ramaa’ रमा. This word means opulence, splendour, good fortune, wife, the one who is constantly engaged in happiness, also the one who constantly grants us happiness. We request the Devi to keep us always happy and ensure prosperity in all forms in our life.

Govatsa Dvadashi – Ashwin Krishna Dvadashi – on this day we do pujas of a desi humped cow and her calf and we feed them sweet food, ie chapati with jaggery is also a good option. This is in gratitude for all that the cow does for us, from giving us her milk to energising our surroundings by her mere presence. Being grateful is the first step towards the divine, genuine gratitude is a rare emotion, so try to feel this today for the Go who nourishes us on so many levels.

Dhana Trayodashi – Ashwin Krishna Trayodashi – on this day we do pujas of Bhagwan Dhanvantari. We request him to free us from all types of aliments, ie the Aadhyatmik, Aadhidaivik and Aadhibhoutik sources of pain, to keep us healthy and grant us Arogya, complete health and Ayusha, complete life. We also request him to grant us the Amrut, ie the essence of non-death.

Naraka Chaturdashi – Ashwin Krishna Chaturdashi – on this day Shri Krishna killed Narakasur and freed the 16000 women who were imprisoned by him. The esoteric meaning is that we pray to the Eternal controller of the Mahapran of this Universe to energise the 16000 nadis in our body, to remove all blockages in them. To elevate our consciousness from the merely human to the Eternal. We request him to annihilate the Narakarur, ‘the dissonance/karma that the individual soul/ jivatma suffers under’. We request him to take up his Sudarshan chakra, ie use the power of time/space in motion, to remove all Adharma and to establish Dharma in our life.

Deepavali Amavasya – Ashwin Amavasya – this is the biggest and the most powerful Amavasya of the year. The radiance that the Devi is clearly shines forth. Everyone must do pujas of the Devi in some form on this Amavasya. Depending on the cultural context, Devi Laxmi or Devi Kali or Devi Lalitatripursundari or any other form of the Devi Prakruti is worshipped on this day. This day comes only once a year, make the most of it.

The Chaitra month is the start of the solar year, so we worship Shri Ram in this month. Our new year still begins with the day when Shri Ram was crowned as the King of Ayodhya. As per the Valmiki Ramayan, Ravan was killed on Phalgun Amavasya and Shri Ram Rajyabhishek was on Chaitra Shukla Pratipada, a new era. So our new year even today is in remembrance of our King, Raja Ram. We reaffirm the King is always Raja Ram, none other. Then Ram Navmi is a celebration of his birthday also falls in this month. This month is the best for performing Satyanarayan puja. 

And exactly 6 months later is the Ashwin month. The lunar energies are at the maximum, so we worship the Devi in all her forms. We celebrate the Ashwin Navratri, the brightest energy of the Devi, either the Dasha Mahavidya are worshipped or the Nav-Durga. Vijayadashmi is the puja of Devi Durga as she vanquishes the Mahishasur, ie ‘the great dissonant energy of the limited self ego’. The Kojagiri Pournima of the Sharad Rhutu is exclusively for pujas of the Moon.

So Ashwin Amavasya is the day when the Devi is all powerful, listening and ready to give you what you desire if only you ask her. So make it a point to request and ask her to give you what you really desire.

ॐ शुभं करोतु कल्याणं | आरोग्यं धन संपदा | शत्रुबुद्धिः विनाशाय | दीपः ज्योतिः नमोस्तुते || ॐ 

Tripur, Tripurari, Tripursundari

Kartik Shukla pratipada.

On this day the husband gets gifts for his wife and she in turn blesses him with all auspiciousness. Children do namaskar to their elders and are given gifts / blessings on this day. Businessmen start their new financial year on this day, they do pujas of their workplace and of the account books. Devi Shri is willing to give all prosperity to all new endeavours started on this day.

  • Bali pratipada – In Dakshin Bharat, this day is for remembering Raja Mahabali. We think of him with gratitude and respect and request him to grant us his specific power, knowledge, wisdom, humility and his ability to completely surrender to the Eternal Divine. (River Narmada is the dividing line between Uttar and Dakshin Bharat)
  • Govardhan Puja – In Uttar Bharat, this day is celebrated as Govardhan Puja. The mountain Govardhan is worshipped, we request protection and nourishment from him. Also Shri Krishna is worshipped as the eternal protecter of Dharma.

Yama Dvitiya – Kartik Shukla pratipada. This day is called Bhai dooj or Bhau beej. On this day sisters bless their brothers with all auspiciousness. The brothers get their sisters gifts and promise their protection.

This day is in remembrance of Bhagwan Yam and his twin sister Devi Yamuna. Yam is the ability to control and Yamuna is the ability to use this controlled power in the right way. These two are the children of Suryadev and his wife Devi Sanjana.

In Sanatan Dharma, the woman always has more power to give on the energy levels. And the men have more power to give on the physical levels. So it is her responsibility to protect her brothers, husband and children with her energy. And it is their duty to protect her in the physical sense. There is always a fair exchange of energy in Dharma.

During the Deepotsav, we cook sweet dishes with our own hands, offer them to everyone, share them with our relatives and loved ones. The house is decorated, garlands/ toran of marigold flowers and mango leaves are tied on the doors. Paper lanterns are hung outside the house. Earthen lamps with sesame oil are lit and placed inside and outside the house at the evening twilight. We draw Rangoli /Kolam outside the main door, these designs are from the mandala derived from the Shri chakra. The household deities are worshipped with all devotion. We wear new clothes, go to the local temple and offer our prayers to the deity who protects our town. Elders are respected and children are given gifts. Firecrackers are burst and there is a general feeling of happiness and exhilaration all around. These are beautiful days.

During Deepotsav we request our deities, ie Devi Ramaa, Shri Dhanvantari, Shri Krishna, Shri Yam, Devi Yamuna, Devi Mahamaya to establish Dharma and help us walk the Dharmic path. But this can happen when we also behave in a way that assures Them that we are serious about what we are asking. So if you feel it in your hearts, do this following scheduled Dharma everyday of your life, no exceptions.

  1. In the morning after you have a bath etc, give Argya to the Sun, ie a cupful of water poured in the direction of the Sun, with a simple ‘Om Suryaya namah’. Sun is the visible source of energy be grateful to him.
  2. For 5 mins, do the puja of your Kul-devata/ household deities, ie offer flowers, light a sesame oil deepak, recite your mantra or sing your favourite bhajan, ring the bell, blow the Shankh etc and put a tilak on your forehead. Kuldevata is the protector of your family, ancestors, children and your house, show your gratitude to him.
  3. Maintain a Tulasi plant in your house. In the evening, light an agarbatti/ incense stick before the plant and request Devi Laxmi to bring prosperity to your house. A living Tulasi plant is the establishment of Devi Laxmi, ie ensures prosperity and Satva gun in your life.

Do this yourself and encourage your spouse and children to do this much for Dharma daily. Also your relatives, nieces, nephews and other families and children whom you know. Each one has to to his own bit in establishing Dharma in our lives. If we follow Dharma ourself, the society too will follow it. Start on the Dharmic path, live your life as per Dharma and Dharma will protect you.

Thus praying that the Devi Mahamaya grants us all Dharma in this week long celebration of Deepavali utsav and establishes Dharma in our life.

ॐ असतो मा सद्गमय ।
तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय ।
मृत्योर्मा अमृतं गमय ।
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥

44 thoughts on “Deepavali Utsav of Sanatan Dharma

  1. ANAND October 31, 2021 / 2:55 pm

    Pranaam Madam,
    My sincere gratitude with folded hands for both your posts today. As I have said earlier, thanks is really a small word to let you know how grateful we readers are for your guidance Madam. I humbly convey my sincere best wishes and prayers to you and your family on the auspicious occasion of Deepavali.

    Best wishes , regards and sincere thanks,

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Vigneshwari M October 31, 2021 / 6:19 pm

    This post is bursting with powerful positive energy!

    Wishing you a blessed Deepavali! 🙏

    May Bharat and Sanatana Dharma bless us … through all the lamps lit this week!!

    Warm regards, Vishakha


  3. shandilyasandilya October 31, 2021 / 7:14 pm

    Hi Mam,

    Wishing you and all the visitors to this website Happy Diwali in advance. mam, your knowledge and wisdom always enlighten us similar to what these sparkling Diya’s does in Diwali.



  4. Harshala S October 31, 2021 / 8:02 pm

    Namaste mam,
    Thank you for the post which creates awareness. Mam, what is the Ram Navami date that you have indicated in this post. I have an interest in performing Satyanarayana pooja on that day. Normally we perform Rama Navami in April. Please advise.


  5. Harshala S October 31, 2021 / 9:28 pm

    Thank you mam, 😀 I mistook “in this month” to context of “Chaitra month” / November month.. sorry.
    Mam, can we do Abhisheka and apply kumkum, turmeric to narayana and lakshmi idols , offer flowers , place a sweet dish, read Satyanarayana pooja katha. Can performing these activites by reciting “om namo narayanaya” , can be said as performing Satyanarayana pooja. Or should we call pundit and perform Satyanarayana pooja. Please advice.


    • astrologerbydefault November 1, 2021 / 8:52 am

      Hi there
      If u have a genuine Brahmin get it done tgru him.
      If not u can do the basic pujas by urself. Just keep ur intention and Shraddha in the deity.

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  6. Harshala S November 1, 2021 / 9:45 am

    Thank you mam. Namaste and good day.


  7. Shweta November 1, 2021 / 2:34 pm

    Happy deepawali mam,

    Is it ok to make shri yantra rangoli in center of house.

    Best Regards


    • astrologerbydefault November 1, 2021 / 3:29 pm

      Hi there
      Drawing an exact shri yantra on paper with a pencil is very difficult and u want to draw it in rangoli.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Shweta November 1, 2021 / 3:55 pm

        Mam I saw YouTube video of drawing simple 2D shri yantra rangoli

        Wanted to check if would not cause any harm and is ok to draw ti invite good energies at home


      • astrologerbydefault November 1, 2021 / 5:29 pm

        Hi there
        this is not a shri yantra. but it is beautiful. Traditionally Dakshin Bharat people draw this outside their homes daily. i draw such geometric designs outside my front door on festive occasions, have got a bit lazy. but i make a swastik and a floral design daily..
        all rangoli made with this sort of geometric pattern is very auspicious. if its drawn with curved lines it is also called kolam

        go ahead, make it.

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  8. Harshala S November 1, 2021 / 7:53 pm

    Namaste mam,
    As a women, we give arghya to surya, similarly can we give arghya to pitru devatas, everyday in the morning, turning to south.
    I do this daily, please advice me if I am doing anything wrong.

    Every morning, after my bath, I turn to south and hold water in my both hands, making a cup shape and recite ” my this janma and other janma father ancestors and mother ancestors, I invite you to take todays pitru tarpan and be happy, peaceful and get moksha, pitru devatabhyo swadha, tebhyaha swadha, na mama, krishnarpanamastu”.

    Is this practice advisable? mam, for me.


    • astrologerbydefault November 1, 2021 / 8:24 pm

      Hi there
      pitru tarpan is done only by men. anything done for the pitr is by the men only.
      the posture of the hands/fingers is different fr Devata, Rishi and Pitr. the posture you are describing is for devata tarpan.

      personally i would not do pitru tarpan.

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      • Harshala S November 1, 2021 / 8:35 pm

        Thank you mam, for the opinion. I have done this since my marriage. Now, I will take a call. Namaste mam. Good evening.


  9. Ak November 1, 2021 / 9:33 pm

    Thank you Thank you Thank you….. Tejaswini Ji, for this post on Dharma Shastra loaded with positive energy 🙏 my Vinamra Danda Namaskarams to the Guru in You 🙏🙏🙏

    “Shubha Deepavali” to you & your family and the all the readers of this holy blog🙏 Let’s all hope & pray for that Eternal Light shine upon us in this holy season & forever 🙏

    Harih Om🙏


  10. venkateshkadali November 2, 2021 / 1:48 pm

    Hari Om, I read your post few months ago, since then I was planning to go to Badrinath and offer rituals to my ancestors, finally the day has come, today I completed my responsibility at Brahmakapali. Without your post might be I should not have known Brahmakapali. I literally feel I did my duty for my ancestors.

    I don’t have any other way to thank you, so commenting for this post.


    • astrologerbydefault November 2, 2021 / 2:06 pm

      Hi there
      offering tarpan / pindadaan with shraddha at Badrinath, at the Brahmakapal, ie Sarasvati river, ensures that the ancestors go to Vaikunth.

      follow the Dharma and Dharma will protect you too

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  11. venkateshkadali November 2, 2021 / 2:16 pm

    Hari Om, with some selfishness I also asked to relieve me from this world, and take me to spiritual world, my preference is Vaikunt/ Golok. Last month I found Guru who did pancha samsakar for me at Melkote temple. Thanks for all your guidance.

    Finally I found mantra officially, I never knew few mantras need initiation until you say it in post and one of known purohit saying that.


  12. Harshala S November 2, 2021 / 3:14 pm

    Namaste mam,

    Connected to the post “natural camphor and it’s energy” , can we also burn bay leaf, as they are easily available and not much adulterated, to activate positive energy in home, to remove evilness from home. Can any spices from kitchen, be burnt, so that it’s auspicious smoke can activate home energy. Please guide.


    • astrologerbydefault November 2, 2021 / 3:42 pm

      Hi there
      you can burn any pure spices or pure tree resins in the house for getting rid of negative energy,
      the modern concept of essential oils comes from our this ancient practice.

      but for doing Arti, only natural camphor from a tree, ie Bhimseni kapur

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      • Harshala S November 2, 2021 / 4:04 pm

        😀thank you , mam, Namaste.


  13. viknesh mahendiran November 2, 2021 / 7:56 pm

    Hi Mam,

    I’m going thru Surya Mahadasha and Ketu bhukthi now, which turned my life into complete havoc. Being born on Cancer Ascendant, I have moon ketu close conjunction in star Ashwini. After I read your post on Sun Mahadasha, I get to know about ketu and it gave me some hope. I’m facing a lot of problems mentally, weird dreams, fear and I feel ill minded. Actually, I was looking for your insights on Moon Mahadasha which I couldn’t able to find. I feel lost in life. At least from now, I want to be precautious and I don’t want things to go bad. My Sister also has ketu conjunction with multiple planets, she always talks about weird things and she has schizophrenia. My mom had schizophrenia but she is better now. I don’t want to end up taking medications. From being a confident person in my mercury’s period which was the best period ever to become a confused person in ketu’s period in just 4 months! We have planned to perform homam. Please share your insights on rest of the Mahadasha’s also Mam and please share some remedies that you feel about strengthening moon as it affects thinking and emotions directly with no mercy whatsoever. So, It will be helpful. Your posts are planting some knowledge within me. I feel peace and goodness whenever I enter your blog. Thank you Mam.


  14. Shala November 3, 2021 / 2:08 pm

    Deepawali greetings …. Thank you for the light of knowledge….. 🙏


  15. Hemangini November 3, 2021 / 11:24 pm

    Dear Tejaswinimam ,

    Here is wishing you and family a lot of gratitude, health, wealth and happiness on the shubha occasion of Deepavali !!

    Warm Regards,


  16. S November 4, 2021 / 5:40 am

    Deepavali Greetings to you and your family madam. Thank you for everything you have generously shared.


  17. S November 4, 2021 / 7:16 am

    Dearest Tejaswini,

    Happy Diwali and many positive blessings from my heart to yours . I am greatful and thankful that you exist .

    Could you kindly outline Diwali puja process? What and how to perform puja for Diwali. How to set up alter, what to buy and what donations to prepare. I know this is a very basic thing but many of us don’t actually know what the right process is .

    Lots or love ❤


    • astrologerbydefault November 4, 2021 / 1:13 pm

      Hi there
      Its basically puja of the Devi in any form.
      Saumya forms at evening twilight.
      Ugra forms at midnight.
      I will do the pujas of the Devi Shri at twilight as per my family custom. But i will also do my personal pujas at midnight.

      You shud ask ur mother or if married then ur mother in law. Cultural context is supreme.


  18. Sim November 4, 2021 / 7:29 am

    Also , could you please verify if this is the right sri yantra ? I’d like to learn and this looks like the closest to the real one .


  19. Harshala S November 4, 2021 / 11:46 am

    Happy Deepavali mam, Namaste.


  20. Viju November 4, 2021 / 11:06 pm

    Dearest Tejaswiniji,

    Many thanks for this beautiful post as well as the previous ones🙏🏻

    Wishing you and your family a very happy, prosperous and auspicious Deepavali 🙏🏻

    Lots of love and gratitude


  21. Sona November 5, 2021 / 4:50 am

    Happy Diwali to you and your family! Deepest gratitude for you, your wonderful posts, and everything you have shared with us readers all over the world.

    May I ask- As amavasya is typically regarded as inauspicious, is there an esoteric reason that diwali ( and only diwali) is always on amavasya?

    From your previous post on amavasya, my thinking was that because the energies are tamasic, there is the potential for them to be positively channelized as you have described above. But then cant this be said for any auspicious event ( e.g. birth of a child, etc.)

    Thank you!


    • astrologerbydefault November 5, 2021 / 10:07 am

      Hi there
      All 4 amavasyas of the chaturmas are very important. We do pujas on all 4. Most Dakshin Bharat people do these pujas systematically.
      Ashadh amavasya is pujas of Deepak and prayers fr the children.
      Shravan amavasya is Pithori. Also many pujas fr the 64 devis and the sapramatrukas. Very intense. Some do pitrutarpan here too.
      Bhadrapad is obviously Mahalaya so Sarvapitri fr ancestors.
      Ashwin is Deepavali, Devi pujas.

      The remaining 8 amavasya are also important but regular people do not do much pujas in those.
      The energy is still inert and does not move. So best fr aspirants. If u can use ur mantra pujas to move this huge mass of energy in the direction u desire u will immensely benefit.
      Eg Magh amavasya is a another opportunity fr pitrutarpan.

      As the energy is so solid so still in this time that children born on these days have huge potential but unless they work very hard they can’t bring it to motion.

      My Guru used to start any new thing, new construction etc, start travel etc on amavasya. The energy is actually very pure but it is not fr everyone.

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      • Sona November 6, 2021 / 2:33 am

        Thank you so much for the detailed explanation. I had always heard not to start anything new on amavasya so this is all new to me. Thank you for providing this clarity.

        I dont want to derail this thread and post, and i know you receive many topic requests, but may I request a post on amavasya births and how those born on amavasya can better utilize these energies and the potential?

        Many thanks and deepest gratitude!


      • astrologerbydefault November 6, 2021 / 9:18 am

        Hi there
        Do ur Gayatri ir favourite mantra regularly.
        Do daana fr the Moon.
        There is a chapter in bohs fr more remedies specifically fr this birth.
        I have written several ways in which u can improve ur moon energies in a post. Use the index or search bar.


  22. pranaychinni November 5, 2021 / 4:58 pm

    Madam can I wear any kada or any ornaments To please saturn. Like copper related to Mars,Is their any metal related to saturn?


    • astrologerbydefault November 5, 2021 / 6:17 pm

      Hi there
      some people wear iron for Saturn, but i do not advise wearing iron in any form on the body, it dulls the overall energy of the personality down.
      and as per BPHS only Mantra and Dana are useful as remedies, nothing else.


      • pranaychinni November 5, 2021 / 6:29 pm

        Thankyou soomuch madam


      • sam November 6, 2021 / 1:21 pm

        What would you suggest to be worn then? Right now, I cannot get the trimetal bangle. However, would still like to wear a kada/something on my hand.


      • astrologerbydefault November 6, 2021 / 2:03 pm

        Hi there
        gold or even silver effectively absorbs all the mantra you put in it. put a shri sukta in it and wear it for general prosperity

        or if you cannot afford that, then even a black thread with the energy of Devi Kali will be useful. put the siddhakunjika or kalika kavach on it for protection.

        depends on your purpose.


      • Sam November 6, 2021 / 6:40 pm

        Thank you. What purpose do iron kadas serve? Also can something like copper be worn? Brass?


      • astrologerbydefault November 6, 2021 / 8:06 pm

        Hi there
        U can wear whatever u want. Best is gold silver copper.
        Iron dampens energy. So i wont wear it. But if someone has recommended it fr u, its yr decision.
        I haven’t worn brass or other metals so i do not know how they work with the body’s energy


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