Festivity will peak at Monday’s Narak Chaturdashi. The Lakshmi Puja mahurat spans 6.08pm to 8.38pm as per the Kalnirnay almanac. Bombay Stock Exchange will conduct its mahurat trading from 3.00pm onwards with the bell being rung around 6.30pm. Companies, institutions and individual traders will open new books of account by performing the Chopda Pujan during the evening.
In a rare occurrence, Balipratipada or new year Vikram Samvat 2079 will unfold the same day as Bhai Dooj on Wednesday October 26. The two normally fall a day apart.
This year Diwali Pahat musical programmes are witnessing a robust turnout. Shri Shivaji Mandir, Dadar, has a three-day medley of shows with the highlight being songs of Pt Hridaynath Mangeshkar on his 85th birthday October 26.
At Shanmukhananda Hall, classical singers Parveen Sultana and Kaushiki Chakraborty performed at the Indian Oil Swarsparsh Diwali Pahat on Sunday. Organiser Priti Mandke said groups of music lovers from Pune, Dahanu, Kalyan not just Mumbai had booked tickets to come for the 6.30am concert.
The elongated Dhanteras mahurat October 22-23 saw cash counters ring across sectors. Trade federation CAIT (Confederation of All India Traders) estimated that the two-day Dhanteras mahurat had yielded business worth Rs 45,000 crore nationwide. “Of this, the jewellery business accounted for Rs 25,000 crore. The remainder of about Rs 20,000 crore accrued from sale of automobiles, computer and computer related goods, furniture, home and office decor, sweets and snacks, kitchen items, all kinds of utensils, electronics, and mobile items,” it said.
The mostly Maharashtrian clientele of Waman Hari Pethe Jewellers at Ranade Road, Dadar, visited the store to make Dhanteras purchases on the main mahurat which fell Saturday. A smaller number arrived Sunday. Manager Yogesh Thakur said, “We are quite pleased with the sale this season which is a marked improvement over the last two years of Covid. It is true that people who bought 10 gm of gold before Covid may be buying 8 gm now but people are spending money this Diwali because they held back for two years. Earrings, bangles and necklaces are the most preferred items as we see.”
Prime among auspicious purchases are utensils and domestic appliances. Biren Kenia, owner of Sagun Steel in Kalbadevi, said the gloom of the past two years had lifted at Dhanteras 2022. “Sales of household utensils have fared very well,” he said. Mani’s restaurant in Chembur ordered 350 kilos of pure ghee from Coimbatore to prepare Diwali delicacies like mysore pak, jangiri, badusha and laddoos given the restoration of demand.