Diwali is one of the most important in the Hindu calendar, a colourful and cacophonous celebration of good over evil, light over darkness.
The five-day festival is marked with unbridled verve by Hindus across the world, irrespective of social standing or financial status.
Whether it’s the onset of a crippling winter in the Northern Hemisphere or the first ripples of sunshine in the Southern Hemisphere, homes are decorated with colourful and elaborate ‘Rangoli’ patterns and clay lamps lit in every nook and corner.
The colourful celebrations are however, the window dressing for the religious activities that are at the heart of Diwali: the worshipping of the myriad Hindu deities; from the all-powerful Lord Ganesha through Goddess Lakshmi, symbolizing Wealth and Prosperity to Goddess Saraswati, the Goddess of Knowledge and Learning.
According to legend, these powerful and holy spirits enter only those houses which are well-decorated, clean and properly arranged. As a result, getting the correct homely balance is vital in creating an appealing abode to welcome these Gods and Goddesses.
‘Vastu Shastra’, meaning “science of construction”, is a collection of ancient principles based on a traditional view on how the laws of nature affect our homes.
The principles pay heed to the importance of alignment – whether it is the marital bed or a home office.
Vastu’s are closely linked to the ancient Chinese principles of ‘Feng Shui’ and decree that the proper order and alignment of objects and structures is imperative in attracting blessings to your home.
Here are some Vastu tips to ensure that the Gods are welcome in your home.
1. The Pooja Room
The North-East corner of a house is perfectly suitable for a Pooja Room. Therefore, if possible, set the room in this particular direction, if not, you may place it in the East. It is advisable that you avoid using the colour black in the interiors of this sacred place. K eep a new and clean piece of cloth aside for the purpose of cleaning the photos and idols. Do not use this cloth for any other purpose. Avoid wearing black and dark colours while performing Pooja.
2. The Idols
The Northern portion of a home is associated with wealth. Hence, ideally, the Lakshmi pooja should be conducted in that location. However, do not keep two idols of the same god in the same Pooja Room. Lord Ganesha should be kept on the left side of the Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswati should be placed on the right side of Goddess Lakshmi. Idols of all of these Gods and Goddesses should be in sitting form. Place idols in the North-East direction and pictures of water and ‘Kalash’ in the east or north of the room. While you put idols and images of gods, make sure that they are not placed in a way that they would face the door of the pooja room or one another.
3. Get rid of clutter
Before the festival of Diwali , Ganesha says, throw away all unwanted and useless items that have been lying around in the house and create some space for the new. As per the Vastu Shastra, the front door is related to opportunities. Therefore, make sure that the front door of your home opens fully and no clutter is stored behind it, otherwise the divine energies and opportunities may not enter your home. The main hall is the place where you primarily connect with the external world so it should always be neat, beautiful and welcoming. Don’t keep unnecessary and old stuff in this room, for they don’t generate positive vibes.
4. Remove Negative Vibes
Kali Chaudash is one of the best days to remove all kinds of negativities from your home. On day of Kali Chaudash, that is, the second day of Diwali, you should worship either Goddess Kali or Lord Hanuman in order to remove negativities from physical, mental and emotional bodies. Several methods have been mentioned in Hindu religious scriptures, the Vedas, that remove negative effects from homes and offices. Here are some tips to protect your home from evil spirits. Not only that, these tips will also help you find peace and happiness at home. All these methods are meant to protect the individuals / home and business places from evil spirits, evil eyes, black magic, psychic attacks or any other type of negative forces.
However, before following and applying these tips, you need to understand the concept of Energy Field of your homes. It is a cosmo-magnetic energy field around your home which is not visible to most people, but it can be instinctively sensed or experienced by experts.
You may also chant the mantras mentioned here to gain strength and positivity. According to the science of Mantra, the armours (kavach) of different deities such as Lakshmi Kavach, Durga kavach, Shiva Kavach, Ram Kavach, Hanuman kavach etc. can be attained through the reciting of these mantra. Ganesha is of the opinion that each and every member of a family should chant these mantras in the Pooja room.
May Vajrahasta protect our five vital breaths (Pran, Apan, Vyan, Udan, Saman) and Kalyanashobhana protects our life force.
May Goddess Yogini protect our sense organs, that is, the faculties of taste, seeing, smell, hear and touch. May Narayni protects us.
May Varahi protect our life, Vaishnavi protects our dharma, Lakshmi protects our success, Chakrini protects our wealth and knowledge.
5. Offer Guggal Dhoop
During Diwali, you may offer Guggal Dhoop to each and every part of your home. The entire team of Vastu Purusha, consisting of Dwar Pal (Protector of Doors), Kshetra Pal (Protector of Regions), Dik Pal (Protector of Directions), regains energy by this Dhoop, says Ganesha. Besides, Guggal Dhoop removes stress from the domestic environment and instils harmony in the family. You may also offer Guggal Dhoop everyday to maintain the positive energy in your home.
6. Spray Salty Water
Mix salt in water and spray the mixture in each and every corner of your home on a regular basis, especially around the time of Diwali, suggests Ganesha. It is believed that salt absorbs all the negativity from the air, purifies the environment and helps you to be happy and content. You may perform this remedy twice a week. Don’t forget to wash your hands after spraying the water.