2 Types of Snan / Bath during Diwali
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Every festival has a presiding deity for which Abisheka is performed. Eg. For Vinayaga Chaturthi it is Lord Vinayaka. Shivarathri- Lord Shiva, Navarathri – The Devi’s. Likewise for Diwali is it all about self-cleansing. The Legend of Diwali also iterates the fact that Naraka the Asura realized his folly on his death bed and wanted people to come out of the darkness (negativities, ego and ignorance) and enlighten themselves. (Read the story / Listen to the story of Narakasura)
For the above mentioned reason we all have heard of people asking “Ganga Snanam aacha?” during the Diwali festival, but our puranas have mentioned about another kind of snana / bath. Let see what it is!
No. 1 The Ganga Snanam.
Especially on Diwali day people wake up before sunrise, Pray to God and apply sesame oil and take bath in Hot water before the sunrise. Infact, it is said that Diwali is the only day where in people can have an oil bath before sunrise!
The deity, Lord Vishnu is meditated on while during the Ganga snana and River Ganges herself is believed to be present in the water that we bath.
No 2. The Thula Snanam.
The Thula snanam is performed 6 nallikai after sunrise, in IST it is approximately at 9.am. In any of the rivers like Cauvery, pond, well or any ground water.
Here, Lord Shiva is meditated upon while taking bath.
Team IshtaDevata Wishes one and all a happy and Safe Diwali!!
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