Lakshmi Puja is celebrated by the Hindu religion of India. It takes place three days after Diwali and is considered as the main celebratory event during the festive season of Diwali.
This is a religious festival that is celebrated in honor of the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi. She is Lord Vishnu’s wife as per belief. On this day, Goddess Lakshmi is invited into the Hindu households by devotees.
Significance of Lakshmi Puja 2020
Lakshmi is the Goddess who is seen as the Harbinger of wealth and prosperity in the lives of individuals who faithfully pray to her. Lakshmi puja is celebrated on Amavasya or the new moon day in the month of Ashwin, as per the Hindu calendar. This year, it falls on October 31, 2020.
There is a legend associated with the origin of Lakshmi Puja. It is believed that on this day, the Goddess Lakshmi herself pays a visit to the house of her devotees. She also showers them with various boons and blessings if they are successful in inviting her to their house.
How is it celebrated?
The main way of celebrating this day is by holding a puja in honor of Goddess Lakshmi at home. The faithful pray to her, inviting her to their homes to reside there and never leave.
People leave their doors and windows open on the eve of Lakshmi Puja. As a sign of inviting her in, they also light diyas or lamps and place it on the windowsills and balcony ledges.
Her blessings are asked for in order to have a great year ahead, filled with prosperity and abundance. Every member of the house dresses up in brand new clothes or the best outfits that they have. People also visit their relatives and friends in order to renew their relations with them and also exchange gifts and presents with each other.
People also clean their houses properly to get it ready for conducting the Lakshmi Puja. Once the house is nice and clean, gangajal is sprinkled all around the house in order to further purify it.
On this day, the women of the house are seen as the personification of the Goddess Lakshmi herself. The hard work that they put in all year round, without uttering a word of complaint is recognized by the other family members.
There is a well-known belief that the Goddess Lakshmi is fond of cleanliness and pays a visit to the house that she finds the cleanest first.
Other Gods venerated on Lakshmi Puja
When you get an altar ready to perform the Lakshmi Puja, the following deities are also to be worshipped:
Lord Ganesh is to be remembered before commencing with any auspicious activity in the family.
The different incarnations of Goddess Lakshmi are also to be honoured.
The Goddess of wealth, Mahalakshmi is also to be worshipped.
Saraswati, the Goddess of learning and intellect is also to be paid respects.
Lord Kubera is the treasurer of all the gods and should be worshipped on this day.
Things needed to perform the Lakshmi Puja 2020
These are some of the materials that you need to arrange for compulsorily in order to perform the Lakshmi Puja in the right manner.
New idols of the gods mentioned above. Even if you don’t possess all, Lord Ganesh and Goddess Lakshmi are mandatory ones. Arrange yellow cloth or red silk cloth. This is required to cover the idol of Goddess Lakshmi.
An inkpot and a pen are also needed. Another red cloth is needed to be placed under the idol of Lord Ganesh as a sign of respect.
A wooden stool where the idols of the Gods will be placed. Five large sized earthen lamps or Diyas are needed to be kept in front of the idols for worship.
Twenty five smaller sized diyas.
A ‘kalash’, made of earthen material.
Three garlands need to be made only using freshly plucked flowers. Along with the flowers, arrange for leaves that have been taken from a tulsi and bilva plant.
You need to make three pans using betel leaves. A stick made of pomegranate or bilva plant is also needed to be used as a pan.
Arrange for Durva grass. Twigs from Peepal, Banyan, Bakul, Palash and Mango trees also need to be arranged.
You are supposed to have ten of the naturally occurring herbs in order to perform the Lakshmi Puja. These are namely Musta, Champak, Sunhi, Daru Haradi, Haradi, Shaileya, Kustha, Bach, Jatamasi and Mura.
Mud took from a couple of different places also has to be brought in. These places are- Horse stable, Elephant stable, cow shelter, ant-heap, royal palace, lowland, and a river junction.
Once you have all the above-mentioned materials, you can begin with setting up the altar to commence the Lakshmi Puja. Firstly, you need to keep the idols of the Godson elevated platforms. Also, remember to spread the cloth that you have before placing the idols in place. This is just a way of showing your reverence to them.
Now get the thali for Puja ready, after which you can proceed with the Puja and recite the Diwali puja mantra. Also, ask for forgiveness for all your wrong deeds.