Diwali is just not about fireworks and revelry, it is also about worshipping Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity. With prayers, songs and various religious customs, pious Hindus all over the world pay their obeisance to these two deities. One of the chief items used in this worship is the Diwali Puja Thali. With Diwali just round the corner, it is time to know all about the Diwali Thali. Go down and have a look into our fascinating article on the Diwali Puja Thali. Know what it is actually and how it is decorated. If you like our article on Diwali Thali Decoration and want to refer it to your near ones, just click here and refer this page to them. Enjoy a Happy Diwali!
A Puja Thali is a metal plate, usually made up of copper, brass, steel, silver and sometimes even gold, in which are kept all those accessories(puja samagri) that are required to perform the puja(worship) of Gods and Goddesses. The Diwali Puja Thali is vital to the worship of Goddess Lakshmi and her brother Lord Ganesh that is an integral part of Diwali celebrations. During Diwali, Hindus worship Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, and Ganesh, the God of auspicious beginnings, to usher in wellbeing and prosperity to individual homes.
Offering prayers is done with great dedication and devotion in all religions and the Puja Thali is an inherent part of performing prayer rituals among Hindus. It is required during the worship of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi(the deities associated with Wealth and Prosperity) through Aartis, or prayer songs. A typical Diwali Thali consists of scared ingredients for Hindu worship like unbroken rice grains(Akshat), rice paste, roli for tilak(a sacred coloured mark drawn on the forehead), sweets and seasonal fruits for prasad(food offering to God), incense sticks(Dhoop/Agarbatti ), sandalwood paste, camphor(korpur), coconut(narial), betel leaves(Paan patta), a small pot filled with water(Kalash), gold or silver coins with images of Hindu holy symbols (Om, Swastik or Shree), candles(Mombatti), aarti-diya(lamp for worship), a hand bell(Ghanti), sacred crimson string (Kalava or mouli) to tie around the wrist, and petals of some colorful flowers. These are the items that the women hold in both their hands throughout the period of worship(Puja).
A Diwali Puja Thali is a plate, generally made out of copper or occasionally gold, that is utilized to store all those accessories that are necessary during the worship of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi. Adorned Diwali Puja Thalis having all the Puja accessories can be bought from the market but the contentment and the delight of decorating this exceptional Thali by ones own hands produces in an individual a sense of divine feeling. The diverse accessories are placed quite beautifully on the Thali that the womenfolk of the house carry in their hands. Thus the Puja Thali has great importance for the Diwali celebrations in which the worship of Goddess Lakshmi is the central theme.
Adorning the Puja Thali is one of the most interesting activities to perform on Diwali day. It needs great care, patience and meticulosity to arrange for and place decoratively all the necessary items for worship on the thali. During Diwali, this has traditionally been done since ancient times by the womenfolk of Indian homes. Though these days, one can find beautifully decorated, readymade Puja Thalis in the market, it gives immense joy, satisfaction and pleasure to decorate one yourself. And it fills you with enchantment and a spiritual feeling while you invoke divine blessings for yourself and your loved ones.
The Thali decoration is a vital aspect of the Diwali rituals and hence, much care is taken in assembling together all the items needed for decorating the thali. Hindu kids greatly enjoy decorating the thali and consider it a privilege to recieve the permission to do so. However, just before the puja it is up to the ladies of the home to ensure that the thali is in proper order for it is to be remembered that all items on the plate are actually offerings to the deities.
The beautifully designed Diwali Puja Thalis are simply indispensable in performing worships during the festival of lights. This is how you can decorate traditionally a typical Diwali Puja Thali:
1) Take a thali of gold, silver, steel, copper, brass or any other metal of your choice. The shape can be round, oval or any other mold of your preference.
2) Take some roli in a small bowl and mix little water in it to make a paste and draw with it religious symbols such as 'Om', 'Swastika' or 'Shree' or images of deities in the middle of the plate.
3) Cover the entire plate with bright colored piece of cotton cloth having a traditional print(traditional Rajasthani prints look just great) or designer gift wrap paper sheet. Then draw over it traditional designs. Play up the corners of the plate with a lace or zari(a type of thread made of fine gold or silver wire) of a color that is in contrast to the base. You can also glue glitter paste and golden sequins to decorate the thali.
4) Deck up the thali with green betel leaves, which will make it look beautiful. Then put the sundry puja accessories on the thali in the right manner to make it look elegant.
5) Finally, cover the puja thali with petals of marigold, rose or any other flower used in sacred Hindu festivals. Decorate various designs with single color petals or a combination of different rangoli colors.
Happy Deepavali to everyone!