Deepawali/Diwali, the Festival of Lights, Diyas and Crackers is celebrated by one and all, not only in India, but across the globe. Not only is it a cultural extravaganza, but it also has a deep religious connotation. This day is considered the most auspicious for Goddess Lakshmi, the Epitome of Wealth and Prosperity.

Every little thing on this planet has its own significance, but there are certain elements and directions which can increase the effect of small things manifold. It is such attention to detail which is the cornerstone of MahaVastu. As per MahaVastu, there are certain directions which are beneficial for pooja or worship, and when the puja is conducted in these directions or zones, the result is manifold, bringing in abundance of wealth and prosperity.

 The first and foremost criterion is the correct placement of the idol of the Goddess and the favourable directions in which the devotees must sit or face to offer their prayers, whether they are at their homes, factories or offices.  

At Home: Out of the 16 MahaVastu Zones, the South-East Vastu Zone (Agni Kon) is considered to be ideal for Diwali puja at home. While offering prayers to the Goddess, one can face towards the East or the South-East to get the best results. The best time for the Lakshmi puja at your house is during the evening, from 6.05 PM to 7.15 PM (IST).

 Devotees across the country decorate their houses with Rangoli (colourful art works on the floor, and the best colours one should use for it are red, green, orange, purple, pink, cream and yellow. Even for other decorations and lighting, the above colours are very auspicious during Diwali. As far as the shapes of these exquisite art works onfloor are concerned, one can draw round, oval or triangular shapes.   

At Your Office/Showroom: The ideal time for the puja this year is in the afternoon from 1.35 PM to 2.30 PM (IST), and the recommended location as per MahaVastu Experts, is the West-South-West Zone.  However, facing the West, while offering prayers in your office/shop/showroom is the best. The ideal colours that can be used used for any type of decoration here are white, golden yellow and yellow; and round and pentagonal shapes for Rangoli. For more growth and gains in your profession or business, place all the green coloured files in the South-East Zone and all the blue coloured files in the West Zone of your office.

At Your Factory: The besttime allocated for Lakshmi puja at your factory is in the afternoon, from 1.35 PM to 2.30 PM (IST) and the ideal direction is the West Vastu Zone. To increase gains from the factory, hang a picture of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha with ‘shubh’ and ‘labh’ written on it.   

And there’s more to it, even the Diwali gifts should be kept in the right Vastu Zone, such as the East to improve social contacts and associations, and attract more career and business opportunities in the forthcoming year.