Diwali is an extremely special event for Indians living in the country and abroad.
The festival is observed to spread happiness and positivity as it also marks the return of Lord Rama to his kingdom Ayodhya after defeating demon king Ravana.
Diwali also has a link to Goddess Lakshmi and Kubera Puja. The festival starts with Dhanteras and ends with Bhai Dooj.
Diwali this year will be celebrated on 14 and 15 November. It will start on 2.18 pm on 14 November and end at 10.37am on 15 November.
Narak chaturdashi is also known as Choti Diwali. It will be celebrated on 14 November. The auspicious Diwali bathing ritual will be observed from 5.23 am to 6.43 am.
Dhanteras is observed on 13 November from 6:01 pm and will end at 8.33 pm.
Govardhan Puja is celebrated on 15 November. It is the day when Lord Krishna won over Lord Indra by lifting the Govardhan Mountain on his small finger. The puja timings are 3.45 pm to 6 pm.
Bhai Dooj is on 16 November to celebrate the bonding between brothers and sisters.
By Sahana Iyer