The festival of Diwali is not just limited to bursting of firecrackers, shopping, wearing new clothes and sharing sweet delicacies, decorating homes and offices attractively, but also about worship of the Almighty to ensure health, wealth and prosperity. The ceremonious occasion, which lasts for five days of extravaganza, encompasses spiritualism in it, which reminds us of its connection to the Hindu mythology. This is the reason why, people indulge themselves in offering prayers to their favorite deity. A number of pujas add to the spiritual mood of the celebrations. A puja thali becomes important, when you worship.
A puja thali is the plate in which all the items required to perform
the worship or the puja of the God and Goddess are kept. The puja items
include Roli for tilak, Akshat, Ghanti (bell), a small Kalash filled
with water, Kalava to tie around the wrist, gold or silver coins,
aarti-diya and some colorful flowers. The puja-thali has special
significance for the festival of diwali in which the worship of Goddess
Lakshmi is the main theme. Agarbatti, camphor, coconut, betel, betel
leaves, sandalwood paste, candles, flowers, seasonal fruits and sweets
(as Prasad) and silver or gold coins having image of Goddess Lakshmi,
Lord Ganesh, Om, Swastika or Shree are also kept in a thali.
Deepavali Puja Thali Ideas
Puja Thali With Kumkum
If you want to decorate your Diwali puja thali with kumkum, then you
need a small to medium sized steel thali. Smear the thali with two
tablespoons of ghee (clarified butter) and then sprinkle kumkum (holy
vermilion) all over it. Now, draw a swastika symbol in the center of the
thali, using your finger. After the kumkum is set completely, spread the
petals of flowers, say, marigold or roses. Next, it is the time to
arrange diyas. Add a bell, camphor, haldi, Prasad (a sweet) and a little
amount of rice. You may now use the beautifully decorated thali for your
Puja Thali With Mirror Pieces
A puja thali with small pieces of mirrors would look very attractive.
First, cover a medium sized steel or bronze thali with bright colored
satin cloth. You may choose red or orange for the purpose. Now, stick a
contrasting lace around the rim of the thali, using glue. Next, small
sized oval shaped mirrors of different shapes in the thali. Place a
fancy aroma candle at the center of the thali, which will be now
surrounded by mirrors. Include puja items, such as Prasad, rice, kumkum
and a bell, in the thali. Be careful not to break the mirrors due to
improper handling of the thali. Moreover, the size of the candle should
perfectly complement the size of the thali.