Diwali 2020 Dates: The festival of lights, Diwali is one of the biggest Hindu festivals. Diwali is the day when Lord Rama, Goddess Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman returned to Ayodhya after spending 14 years in forests. However, it is also believed that Goddess Lakshmi was born on Diwali. Thus, Goddess Lakshmi is the most significant deity during Diwali Puja.
This year people will celebrate Diwali on November 14 all over the country. Amavasya tithi begins on November 14 from 2:17 pm and ends at 10:36 am on Nov 15, 2020. The most auspicious time to do Diwali Puja is after sunset. The time period after sunset is known as Pradosh. This year Pradosh Kaal is from 05:28 pm to 08:07 pm.
Diwali is the five days festivity that begins on Dhanteras and ends on Bhaiya Dooj. Here are the complete details about the five days of Diwali week.
Deepawali Day 1: Dwadashi
(Govatsa Dwadashi, Vasu Baras)
Govatsa Dwadashi is considered as the first day of Deepavali. This year, Govatsa Dwadashi is on Thursday, November 12, 2020. Pradoshkala Govatsa Dwadashi muhurat is from 05:29 pm to 08:07 pm (Duration: 02 hours 39 mins)
Govatsa Dwadashi is celebrated one day before Dhanteras. On this day cows and calves are worshipped. In Maharashtra Govatsa Dwadashi is known as Vasu Baras.
Deepawali Day 2: Trayodashi
(Dhantrayodashi, Dhanteras, Dhanvantari Trayodashi, Yama Deepam, Kali Chaudas, Hanuman Puja)
Dhanteras: This year Dhanteras Puja will be observed on Friday, November 13, 2020. Dhanteras Puja muhurat is from 05:28 pm to 05:59 pm. (Duration: 30 mins)
Deepawali Day 3: Chaturdashi
(Narak Chaturdashi, Lakshmi Puja/Diwali, Chopda Puja, Sharda Puja, Kali Puja)
Lakshmi Puja: Lakshmi Puja is done during Pradosh Kaal which starts after sunset and approximately lasts for 2 hours and 24 minutes. This year, Lakshmi Puja is on Saturday, November 14, 2020. Lakshmi puja muhurat is from 05:28 pm to 07:24 pm (Duration: 01 hour 56 mins)
Deepawali Day 4: Amavasya
(Govardhan Puja, Annakut, Bali Pratipada)
Govardhan Puja: Govardhan Puja is the day when Lord Krishna defeated God Indra. It usually falls the next day after Diwali Puja. This year Govardhan Puja will be observed on Sunday, November 15, 2020. Govardhan Puja Sayankala muhurat is from 03:19 pm to 05:27 pm. (Duration: 02 hours 09 mins)
Gowardhan Puja is also known as Annakut Puja. The same day in Maharashtra is celebrated as Bali Pratipada or Bali Padva.
Deepawali Day 5: Pratipada
Bhaiya Dooj: On Bhaiya Dooj, sisters perform Tika ceremony and pray for their brothers long and happy lives. This year Bhai Dooj is on Monday, November 16, 2020.
Dwitiya tithi begins at 07:06 am on Nov 16, 2020
Dwitiya tithi ends at 03:56 am on Nov 17, 2020
Bhaiya Dooj is also known as Bhau Beej, Bhatra Dwitiya, Bhai Dwitiya and Bhathru Dwithiya.