Deepawali, the Hindu festival of lights, the celebration of victory of good over evil. It is the festival of worshipping Goddess Lakshmi by various rituals and with full devotion.
Before Deepawali, people clean their houses, offices and places to welcome Goddess Lakshmi into their homes as they believe that the Goddess resides only where there is cleanliness around.
Deepawali is celebrated for a duration of 5 days where each day has a significance and meaning of its own. On the very day of Deepawali, people worship Goddess Lakshmi with different rituals like Sankalpam, Abhishekam, Hawan, Aarti and other vedic rituals.
Yagna/Yajna/ Hawan on the day of Deepawali has its own significance. The literal meaning of Yanja is “Sacrifice”. It is a traditional ritual done in front of fire. It means inviting the fire gods in the ritualistic ceremony. The Yagna offering or Ahuti are done followed by a series of Vedic mantras. Every time an offering or Ahuti is made, it is believed to reach to the supreme gods.
On the auspicious occasion of Deepawali, Yagna is performed to welcome goddess Mahalakshmi in the premises and life as on this day she descends down to Earth from the heart of Lord Vishnu. The Yagna is performed to invoke the blessings of Shri Mahalakshmi and seek everything that we have wished for both spiritually as well as materialistic.
Yagna is a holy way of getting connected to the Divine supreme power by chanting Vedic mantras and offering Ahuti.