SIGNIFICANCE OF CLEANLINESS PRE-DIWALI
by Harsh Shah on Oct 18, 2022
Diwali, also known as "Deepavali" is widely celebrated as the festival of diyas. Diyas is a Persian word that means "Light Lamp." We are all aware that the only thing that can dispel darkness is light. Deepavali is a festival marked by rituals and ceremonies. Hindus greet visitors to their homes with lights symbolizing prosperity and well-being. The festival of lights is enthusiastically celebrated throughout the country. The preparations made during the festival season demonstrate gratitude to God.
Cleaning the house is not regarded as a chore. Preparations begin with a thorough cleaning of the home in order to make it look brand new. It is the preparation for the arrival of Goddess Lakshmi, the bestower of wealth and prosperity. She also brings peace to householders' lives. "Cleanliness Is Next To Godliness" all scriptures say. Let us take a look at some of the significant aspects that perfectly explain the significance of cleaning our house during the Diwali festival. When divinity is present in our thoughts, cleanliness becomes more auspicious
"Cleanliness is the hallmark of perfect standards, and the conscience is the best quality inspector" - J. Tata, R. D.
Welcoming Guests as an Athithi to Diwali Celebration: India is a country rich in culture and traditions rooted in spiritual values. We value visitors to our home more than anyone else. Festivals are important occasions when many people come to our house. Indians always see divinity in guests or visitors to their homes. It is only natural that we want our visitors to be welcomed in a clean environment. "ATITHI DEVO BHAVA" Indians believe. In Sanskrit, 'Athithi Devo Bhava' means that the only guest is God himself. It has a ceremonial significance. The death of Narakasura is one of the legends associated with Diwali.
When Lord Krishna returned from killing the demon, the people of Dwaraka greeted Him with lamps lit in the streets and houses. Narakaasura is the name of the demon king. His death is regarded as the triumph of righteousness over evil. The symbolic meaning of lighting the lamp is to spread the light of knowledge over the darkness of ignorance. On the day of Naraka Chaturdashi, observed as welcoming Krishna by the people of Dwaraka, it is a ritual to visit neighbors and relatives by performing Aarati. A lamp cannot be lit in an unclean house. A neat and clean home can satisfy guests with auspiciousness on its own.
Why Do We Clean Up After Diwali?
The significance of cleaning the house and living premises during Diwali is primarily to spread light, positivity, and happiness. A clean, well-decorated, and well-lit home will always attract positive energy. People who come to your house will feel happy and optimistic as well. A clean, naturally well-decorated home will undoubtedly create a wonderful positive atmosphere. Begin with the lighting at the entrance. To achieve a traditional look, some people paint the steps with a picture of Goddess Lakshmi and hang various types of torans of fresh flowers and tulsi leaves on the door. All of these arrangements create the ideal environment for attracting prosperity, happiness, and positivity not only inside the home but also in the minds of visitors.
Invitation To Goddess Lakshmi
Diwali is also a festive occasion for Goddess Lakshmi, the bestower of wealth and prosperity, to be worshiped. Hindus believe that if a devotee's mind and heart are pure, God can reside in his or her heart. In this case, we should assume that a dirty mind is not a good seat for deities. Mental purity is required for devotion. External purity must precede internal purity. Because of all of this, it is critical to keep the house clean and tidy in order to welcome Goddess Lakshmi. Only after cleanliness can Puja to Goddess Lakshmi be completed in all dimensions. No one will be interested in entering a filthy house.
End Of Monsoon Season
There is another scientific reason for cleaning during the season when Diwali is celebrated. Diwali is celebrated in October/November. This is just after the monsoon season has ended. Cleaning as part of Diwali ensures that all germs are killed. The entire house and surrounding environment have been cleansed.
Welcome Positive Energy
On this day, many people worship and pray to God. It is believed that a lot of positive energy will grace the house, which is clean, well-lit, and decorated according to our interests and beliefs. As a result, it is for prosperity and allowing the light to cleanse our home, body, and mind, as well as wishing good vibes to oneself, family, and friends.
Becoming An Excellent Host
People pay visits to each other's homes during Diwali. Many people also prepare a variety of Diwali snacks and sweet recipes for their guests. It is thought to be a good symbol to welcome guests in a clean house. We all prefer to visit clean and well-kept places over cluttered or unsanitary ones.
De-Cutter your Home
This is the time of year when we should get rid of all the unwanted items in the house. Idle things, lying around, attract dust and negative energy. Also, there is more happiness in simple things, and it is always a good idea to donate gently used items to the needy. Kitchen organization is especially important because it is the most usable space in a home.
Beginning Of The New Year
According to the Hindu calendar, Diwali marks the start of a new year, and we all want to start anything new with a clean slate. Similarly, we all hope for a clean house and a happy space in the new year. Cleaning initiates a period of freshness and a new environment. Many people paint and renovate their homes and offices in preparation for Diwali.
People all over the country believe that on this day, they should prepare and clean their homes and offices in order to welcome positivity. Cleaning the house is a daily task, but cleaning before Diwali has special significance. We generally believe that cleaning the house before Diwali is necessary for the following reasons.
Have you finished cleaning your house? What is the most important reason, in your opinion, for cleaning up before Diwali? Please share your thoughts in the comments section. AADAR Family greets you with pre-Diwali wishes and hopes to have a Healthy, Wealthy, and Prosperous year ahead!