Diwali is around the corner! It is the time when we worship gods and goddesses.
Please find below list of Hindu Gods worshiped during Diwali.
Bhagwan Ganesha ji – All poojas, rituals and celebrations in Hinduism begin with the worship of Ganesh Bhagwan. During the Diwali also all poojas and rituals begin after the worship of Ganesha Bhagwan.
Bhagwan Krishna ji – In South India, it is believed that Bhagwan ji Krishna killed Demon Narakasura on this day and thus ensuring the victory of the good over evil. Another popular pooja associated with Bhagwan Krishna is the Govardhan pooja i.e. Bhagwan Krishna lifting the mount Govardhan to rescue the people of Vrindavan from thunder and rains. Another ritual with Bhagwan Krishna is the Annkut.
Mata Lakshmi – Mata Mahalakshmi pooja is the most important ritual on Diwali day for majority of Hindu communities. Mata Lakshmi is worshipped for wealth, prosperity, luck and prosperity. She is believed to have appeared on the Diwali day during the Churning of Ocean or samdura manthan.
Bhagwan Ram ji – The most popular reason for observing Diwali is the return of Bhagwan Ram ji to Ayodhya after 14-year exile along with Sita ji, brother Lakshman and Hanuman.
Mata Kali – Mata Kali pooja is performed on the day in Bengal and eastern parts of India on Diwali day.
Kubera Dev – Kuber Dev is the Hindu God of wealth and Kubera is worshipped along with Mata Lakshmi. He is propitiated on the day for wealth and prosperity.
Hanuman ji – Hanuman ji pooja is performed the day before Diwali celebrations in Gujarat. It is believed that Lord Hanuman appeared on this day by some Hindu communities in this region. Hanuman is worshipped for strength and security.
Dhanvantri Dev – He is the God of medicine and is worshipped by medical practitioners and is believed to have appeared three-days before Diwali during the Samudra Manthan or Churning of the ocean carrying the Amrut or Elixer.
Go pooja – Cow is worshipped in certain parts western India three days before Diwali and this marks the beginning of Diwali festival in these regions. This is known as Vasubaras.
Chitragupta ji – Chitragupta ji, who is the keeper of the records of sins and good deeds, is worshipped on Roop Chaudas day in Gujarat.
Raja Bali – Balipratipada or Bali Padyami during Diwali is the day when Raja Bali gets an opportunity to rule the world. He got this boon as he was pushed to the underworld on this day by Lord Vishnu in his Vamana Avatar.
Yama Dev – Yama Dev and Yami, sister of Yama Dev, are remembered on Bhai Dooj day. Bhaidooj is the last day of Diwali celebrations and is dedicated brother-sister relationship and it is based on a legend involving Yama Dev and Yami. Yamadeepdan is another ritual that is associated with Yama Dev and is observed on the Dhanteras day.