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Diwali Laxmi Puja Muhurat (LAKSHMI pujan) timings (muhuratam/muhurt) 2017

We have Diwali Laxmi puja muhurat for various cities in New Zealand. Along with sunrise, sunset, puja vidhi and quick list of samagri (stuff) needed for Deepavli Pooja.

दिवाली लक्ष्मी पूजा मुहुर्त

DIWALI LAXMI PUJA MUHURAT Thu 19 Oct 2017: 7.40pm till midnight (Auckland time)

दिवाली लक्ष्मी पूजन मुहुर्त समय गुरूवार सांय 7.40pm से मध्य रात्री तक (ओकलैन्ड 

समय अनुसार)


Sunrise and Sunset time of more cities in new zealand are listed below to easily calculate Diwali Laxmi Puja Muhurat of your city
न्यू जीलैन्ड के अन्य शहरों के सूर्योदय और सूर्यास्त समय नीचे लिखे हैं, जिससे आपके शहर का दिवाली मुहुर्त आसानी से निकाल सकते हैं ।


Below is detailed explanation of Diwali Laxmi Puja Muhurat पूजा मुहुर्त time

(Calculated based on Auckland NZ Sunrise time 6.31am and Sunset time 7.40pm. We have also provided Sunrise and Sunset time of few more cities of New Zealand, you can calculate the difference to adjust Pooja Muhurat)

  • Pradosh Kaal  प्रदोष काल  7.40pm to 9.16pm (as per 4 Ghati calculation of Pradosh Kaal)
  • Pradosh Kaal  प्रदोष काल  7.40pm to 10.04pm (as per 6 Ghati calculation of Pradosh Kaal)
  • Vrashabh Lagna Kaal वृषभ लग्न काल  9.53pm to 00.16am
  • Maha Nishidh Kaal महा निशीध काल  00.43am to 01.27am on Fri 20th Oct (Diwali night)

Below are Sunrise/Sunset time (सूर्योदय / सूर्यास्त)  of selected cities in New Zealand:

  • Auckland: Sunrise 6.31am, Sunset 7.40pm
  • Christchurch: Sunrise 6.31am, Sunset 7.58pm
  • Dunedin: Sunrise 6.36am, Sunset 8.10pm
  • Gisborne: Sunrise 6.16am, Sunset 7.29pm
  • Hamilton: Sunrise 6.28am, Sunset 7.39pm
  • Invercargill: Sunrise 6.44am, Sunset 8.19pm
  • Napier: Sunrise 6.20am, Sunset 7.35pm
  • Nelson: Sunrise 6.32am, Sunset 7.52pm
  • New Plymouth: Sunrise 6.31am, Sunset 7.46pm
  • Palmerston North: Sunrise 6.24am, Sunset 7.41pm
  • Queenstown: Sunrise 6.45am, Sunset 8.16pm
  • Rotorua: Sunrise 6.24am, Sunset 7.36pm
  • Taupo: Sunrise 6.24am, Sunset 7.37pm
  • Tauranga: Sunrise 6.25am, Sunset 7.36pm
  • Wellington: Sunrise 6.26am, Sunset 7.46pm
  • Whangarei: Sunrise 6.34am, Sunset 7.41pm 

Many people take Choghadiya (चोघडीया) time as Puja Muhurat. However, Choghadiya time is considered for travel and not for puja. Anyway, we are providing below Choghadiya time considered as good or auspicious. Day Choghadia is calculated from Sunrise to Sunset. Based on Sunrise and Sunset time at Auckland below are good Chodhadias on 19th Oct 2017:

  •  6.31am to 8.09am Shubh (शुभ)
  • 11.25am to 4.19pm (Char चर , Laabh लाभ, Amrit अमृत)
  • 5.57pm to 7.35pm (Shubh शुभ)
  • 7.35pm to 8.57pm (Amrit अमृत)

Puja Vidhi (prayer methods) and types/Prakar (पूजा विधी और प्रकार)

The real meaning of Puja is Prayer to God. In fact ‘God’ word in-general is used as English translaion for both ‘Supreme Lord’ or ‘Ishwar’ as well as ‘Priviledged souls’ or “Dev”. Which, in our opinion, is not true.

Supreme Lord in Sanskrit is known as Ishwar or Paramatma or Prabhu or Bhagwan ( ईश्वर / परमात्मा / प्रभू / भगवान). Hinduism defines ‘Trinity’ (Trimurti / त्रिमूर्ती) as Supreme Lord i.e. – Creator (Brahma ब्रह्मा ), Preserver (Vishnu विष्णू ) and the Destroyer (Shiva शिव / महेश). The Trinity saves (protects) the universe or sends messengers / reincarnations to save us. Goddesses are prayed as Ishwar’s Trinity powers (Power, Wealth and Knowledge शक्ती / काली, लक्ष्मी, सरस्वती / Shakti/Kaali, Laxmi, Saraswati). ‘Dev’ or priviledged souls (देव / Dev) support spreading positive vibes and help Triniy maintain the Universe. For example, Indra Dev (ईन्द्र देव) is responsible for thunder & rain. There are 33 Koti (कोटी) or categories / departments of Dev (many a places Koti is mis-interpreted as Crores / करोड or 10 million). Numerous stories are written to educate people, spread message of peace and maintain harmony in the society. One may find various types of explanaion of these fundamental concepts.

On Diwali we offer our main prayers to Goddess Laxmi or Maha Lakshmi (लक्ष्मी / महालक्ष्मी). All the members of the family get together in the evening to perform the Puja as per the auspiscous timings. The home is cleaned and decorated with lights (diyas दिया / दिपक),  flowers, traditional lanterns and rangoli (रंगोली). The prayer session starts with praising and thanking the God/ Goddess (लक्ष्मी वंदना), followed by prayers for well being and prosperity (प्रार्थना / आरती); then request to God to bless all and forgive our mistakes (क्षमा प्रार्थना). Flowers and Food (Naivedyam प्रसाद) are offered to Goddess Laxmi, followed by feasting with family and guests. Traders and business community also offers prayers for better business and include their main account books (Chopda / बहीखाता / चोपडा) on the prayer table / mandap.

Prayers are mainly of two types:

(a) Formless, invisible or Nirakar (निराकार स्वरूप): AUM / OM / ॐ  or no form represent God. Meditation is main method of prayers. Usually these are silent and Om recital prayers, performed for betterment of society and self.

(b) Since it was difficult for common people to follow meditational prayers, mainly because of less or no education in early years; it was allowed to imagine God in any form and pray. This is known as Saakar (साकार स्वरूप) and deities across temples are imagination of God.

Quick list of puja Samagri सामग्री / Stuff needed to for preparations

  1. Idols / Photo frame of deities (Ganesh and Laxmi)
  2. Kalash / Urn कलश / लोटा / कटोरी
  3. Coins
  4. Cloth (Red or similar is preferred)
  5. Deepak (Diya), Agarbatti (अगरबत्ती), Dhoop (धूप) )Mud Diyas, Candles
  6. Plates to keep sweets, coins
  7. Panchamrat पंचाम्रत (ingredients: Milk, Ghee, Honey, Curd, Sugar)
  8. Fruits, Dry fruits, Nuts, Clove, Cardamom
  9. Sweets
  10. Flowers, Durva grass (दूर्वा), Holy Basil / Tulsi (तुलसी)
  11. Water / Holy water
  12. Betel leaves / Betel Nuts सुपारी
  13. Red thread / decorative laces मोली
  14. Kumkum, Sandal paste, Turmeric powder कुमकुम, चंदन, हल्दी
  15. Rice grain
  16. Cotton wicks for deepak/diya रूई बत्ती
  17. Match box
  18. Ghee for Arti deepak, oil for diyas
  19. Stool / Table / Pooja Chowki / Aasan. Even clean floor with some cover (usually Red or Orange or Yellow) is fine to keep deiti and other puja samagri
  20. Aarti book (or aarti link on Internet)
  21. Additional: Camphor ( कपूर ), Janeu thread ( जनेऊ ), Scent ( ईत्र )

The entire Puja Kit is usually available at the Indian Grocery Stores during festival period in almost all cities in New Zealand.

We tried our best to make it simple yet informative as per our holy books.

 Wishing you all very happy Diwali (DEEPAWALI) and New Year

 दिपावली और नववर्ष की हार्दिक शुभकामनाऐ


We referred following websites for Sunrise and Sunset time in New Zealand:,174.7633,10/2017.10.19/17:20/1/0

Related links:

Dhan Teras 2017 New Zealand Puja Muhurat (Pooja Muhurt timings)

Diwali Celebrations 2017 in New Zealand

Auckland Diwali Festival 2017

Diwali Celebrations in New Zealand