The final festival during the Diwali period is Labh Pancham on Kartik. It
is also known as 'Laakheni Panchmi' and 'Saubhaagya Panchmi'. Pancham is an
auspicious day to commence business. Jains celebrate Pancham or Panchami by
worshiping their books and praying for more knowledge. Hindu business men
worship Goddess Lakshmi and open their accounts.
Those who have not performed Sharda Pujan on Diwali, perform pujan of their
new ledgers today and ritually open their shops and businesses. In the days
following Diwali including today, people visit friends and relatives, to
renew solidarity. Sweets and other items are offered to guests, symbolically
'Labh' means benefit. People today usually wish for material 'labh' such
as: a good job, good in-laws, riches and so forth. Yet the scriptures and
sadhus inform us that the greatest 'labh' is human birth itself. With this
one should endeavor for God-realization.
The scriptures define 'labh' as:
Laabhasteshaam jayasteshaam kutasteshaam paraajayaha,
Yeshaam indeevarashyaam hrudayastho janaardanaha.
i.e. He is the true beneficiary and the truly victorious, who has installed
the consort of Lakshmi, God, in his heart. Diwali then, is a festival of
inner enlightenment. It is an occasion to eradicate one's inner darkness, by
renouncing any addictions, bad habits and 'doshas' - base instincts, by
obeying the God.
Bahula Thrayodasi / Dhantheran
/ Kali Puja
| Divvela Panduga / Divili
| Deva Divali
| Karthigai Deepam
Bandi Chhor Diwas
| Varsha Pratipada/
Bali Padyam / Bali Pratipada
Yamadwitheya / Bhathru Dwithiya
| Bhathru Dwithiya
| Tulsi Vivah