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
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
Laxmi, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity.
Puja Date and Timings for the Year
Laxmi Pujan will be celebrated on Sunday, 27 October
in the year 2019. The auspicious timing for doing this Puja is between 6:06 pm
to 8:37 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
Laxmi, the One of
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
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
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
- 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
- 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
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 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
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
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
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.