Diwali Dyuta Krida- The Game of Gambling
On Diwali, playing a game of gambling is a ritualistic ceremony. The game is known as Dyuta and the act of playing is called Dyuta-Krida. The board and dice which are used to play the game are known as Chaupar and Pasha It is a supernatural noose which are seen in the hands of Ganesha, Yama and Varuna. The noose is used to bind and free obstacles. It means loop or knot and it can also be used hunting foes or tying their arms or legs. Yama uses this weapon to extract soul from the body of a dying person. All of the three gods mentioned above can also use this tool for binding evil and ignorance. Varuna holds the pasha in the form of a snake. The symbolism is God’s control over the man and his worldly bonds. Pasha leads soul to the Truth.
respectively. Even though some people think that gambling is a degrading and disgraceful act but some people perform the ritual at the night of Diwali for religious reasons. It is also played on the same day as Govardhan Puja. It is a prayer ritual performed to make offerings, honoring, evoking or worshipping gods. The ceremony can also be performed to pay homage to the beloved ones who are dead
According to a legend, this game was developed or first discovered by ShivaShiva
Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ... himself, who use to play it with his wife Parvati. He even declared that this game was developed for three purposes which were either to pass time, to amass wealth or to destroy the wealth of someone else.
People wake up early in the morning and take a ritualistic bath. They then wear new clothes and females of the house perform an Aarti. It is a Hindu religious ritual of worship Family members and friends then start gambling but only for passing time and having fun. It is believed that ParvatiParvati
After the death of Shiva's first love Sati, Shiva... blesses her devotees who follow the custom of gambling.
Even though no religious book mentions that it is essential to play the game of gambling on Diwali, people still follow the activity to know what is in store for them in near future. The purpose of this game is not to make someone lose their wealth but to predict future. It is believed whoever wins money on the auspicious night of Diwali, will have a lucky and prosperous year ahead.