As per Vedic tradition everyone irrespective of age and gender must take regular oil bath once a week. Especially taking oil bath is a must on Deepavali day. Symbolically oil bath means a new start by eliminating all self-esteem, ego, struggle, and hatred.
People commonly use Gingelly oil for this purpose. We apply oil from top to bottom on our entire body. Leave it for 15 – 30 minutes and take bath. Basically, Gingelly oil makes the body warm and protected. Another popular belief is that ritual cleansing of the body is to remove all evil, dirt and inauspicious things.
On Deepavali day, Goddess Lakshmi lives in oil and this bath removes bad luck. Applying oil on the skin not only moisturises the skin and body, it also cleans the skin from toxins, pollution and removes dead skin cells. It improves blood circulation. Massaging the head with oil relieves stress and calms the mind.
Importance & Health Benefits of Oil Bath :
- Oil Bath helps to get deep sleep and focus on our everyday tasks.
- It increases the texture of the skin and complexion.
- It is great for your nerves.
- This treats diseases such as depression, migraine, stomach disorder, diabetic, jaundice, cancer, and other viral diseases.
- Highly helpful to the eyes as it enhances visibility and eliminates dust particles.
- Reduces mental and physical stress.
- Prevents the build-up of dry skin on elbows, knees and feet.
- It clears oily substances from the overall body’s skin and makes it easier to transfer heat from the inside to the outside. This will improve your spirit to attract prosperity and spiritual energy.
Deepavali, the festival of lights, the festival of rituals with the blessing of Goddess Lakshmi brings hope and prosperity to everyone’s life. Deepavali is celebrated in every part of India. However, there are differences in the celebration of North India and South India.
Significance of Deepavali :
In North India, Deepavali marks Lord Rama’s return from exile after 14 years. He returned home from exile with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana and the roads of Ayodhya was lit with lights. Therefore, on Deepavali North Indians light lamps to signify the return of the son.
On the other hand, this day is celebrated by South Indians to honor Lord Krishna’s victory over Narakasura the demon. On this day, children wear new clothes, people exchange sweets and visit their relatives. In Tamil Nadu, people burn crackers, while in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh is usually associated with oil baths, house cleaning, sweets preparation.
Laxmi Puja is common in North and South India. In South, it is celebrated day next to Naraka Chaturdasi which may fall on Amavasya or on the new moon day. This day families worship Goddess Lakshmi for prosperity and fortune, light up their homes with diyas and burn crackers.
The food most closely connected with this festival is Indian sweets, which come in a range of colors and flavours. Moreover, the celebration features various rich savoury and sweet dishes, families will share sweets to guests and exchange gifts.
Deepavali is a fun, frolic and feast festival. The first thing that comes to mind when you think of Deepavali food is sweets. Having Deepavali around the corner we at Modern store, Malaysia sell varieties of sweets and snacks. Come and shop the authentic Deepavali sweets and snacks. This Deepavali enjoy these truly traditional Deepavali special treats with your loved ones!