Laxmi Pujan is an integral part of Diwali festival. Find out more about the Goddess of wealth and prosperity and learn how to do Laxmi Pujan during Diwali.
During Diwali, Laxmi Pujan is an important ritual. There are variations in customary traditions, on how to perform Laxmi Pujan
, from region to region across India. Some are vastly different, while some rituals are similar. Whatever the case, here are some of the common aspects of how to go ahead with the Puja that is performed in obeisance to Goddess Laxmi
, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity.
Laxmi Puja Date and Timings for the Year 2019
Laxmi Pujan will be celebrated on Saturday, 14 November in the year 2020. The auspicious timing for doing this Puja is between 5:58 pm to 8:32 pm. It is very important to do Laxmi Pujan at right time to attract wealth and prosperity in house. So, make sure that you follow the right timings.
Laxmi, the One of Trio
Shakti or Prakriti manifests in three forms – Goddess Durga, Saraswati and Laxmi. On the day of Laxmi Pujan, two other deities are also worshipped, Lord Kuber, who is considered to be the treasurer of the Gods, according to Hindu belief. And Lord Ganesha, the God of prosperity and wellbeing, every Puja is preceded by paying tributes to Lord Ganesha first. In every home, the locker or the safe in the Almirah is considered to be the seat of LordKuber.
The Objective of Laxmi Pujan
Goddess Laxmi is invited to the house and the tradition of cleaning every part of the house is a part of the common ritual. It is believed that the Goddess dislikes dirt and is always pleased with her devotees when the house is sparklingly clean at every nook and corner. This is why in certain communities, the broom, the tool for cleaning is also worshipped on this day.
How to Perform Laxmi Pujan?
As mentioned earlier, there can be various aspects regarding the rituals and customary process of performing the Puja. But here are some of the common aspects that are followed while performing Laxmi Pujan:
- A site for the Puja is decided according to the VaastuShastra.
- A clean piece of cloth, preferable red, which does not have any black print, is spread on the floor.
- A bed of rice or un-chaffed grain of rice is done, on top of which a Kalash is placed.
- 75% of the Kalash or the pot is filled with water from the Ganges.
- A clean coin, a betel nut, a flower and some grains of newly harvested rice is placed inside the Kalash. Then, a bunch of mango leaves is perfectly arranged on top of the Kalash.
- A Thaali or a small plate is then placed on top of the Kalash.
- On thisThaali, a design of lotus is drawn with turmeric powder and an idol or a picture of Goddess Laxmi is placed on it along with some coins.
- The idol of Lord Ganesha is placed on the right-side of the Kalash.
It is always considered that Goddess Laxmi loves cleanliness and peace, so while performing the Puja; one must ensure that the atmosphere is calm and peaceful. Since the women or the lady of the house performs and arranges for the Puja, she often believes in invoking the deity by meditating on “Om”. Some prefer to perform the Puja themselves while some prefer requesting a Brahmin to perform the Puja by observing all traditional rituals. Here’s how most people go about it, although some methods might vary from region to region.
The holy water of the Ganges is sprinkled on Puja items in order to purify them.
Lots of lamps and incense sticks are lighted and the rituals are performed by the use of Kumkum, Haldi (turmeric powder) and flowers, placing them on and around the Kalash while chanting mantras.
Mantras to invoke the Goddess are recited as one prays by holding some flowers and grains of rice in the palms. These are then sprinkled on the idol of the Goddess.
The idol of Laxmi is then placed on a Thaali and a cleaning ritual is observed by pouring water, milk, ghee, curd and honey. The idol is then thoroughly wiped clean and placed back on the Kalash.
The Puja is performed using garlands of marigold, the leaves of the holy Bel tree, Kumkum, Haldi (turmeric powder), rice grains, sandalwood paste or Chandan.
The offering to the deity are usually betel leaves, betel nuts, coconut, fruits and sweets. Puffed rice, coriander and cumin seeds are also offered.
A silentAarati is performed towards the end of the Puja
Finally, Laxmi Puja is a very homely affair; the devotees meditate praying to the Goddess to remain benevolent on the house throughout the year and bless them with wealth, bounty and prosperity.