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Lakshmi Puja Vidhi and Vrat Katha - Know The Story Behind Lakshmi Puja Celebration

LAKSHMI PUJA: PRAYING FOR WEALTH AND PROSPERITY

Places of Lakshmi Puja Celebrations: Northern and Western India
Lakshmi Puja Vidhi and Lakshmi Puja Vrat Katha

Who is Goddess Lakshmi?

Goddess Lakshmi is known for the Goddess of Prosperity. A Hindu Goddess, she governs all forms of spiritual and material wealth. She is an embodiment of beauty, peace, opulence, balance and wisdom. The word 'Lakshmi' is obtained from the Sanskrit word 'Laksya' meaning aim or intelligence. It also comes from the word 'lakh', meaning 'hundred thousand in monetary terms.

Legends of Lakshmi Puja

According to Indian mythology, the incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi has an interesting tale. Daughter of sage Bhrigu, Lakshmi was sent on exile in the oceans by the Gods. During her exile, the devas (minor gods) were on a battleground with Asuras (demons) to win over the Amrit (nectar of immortality). To emerge victorious, the devas consulted Vishnu—who was on earth as 'Kurma'—a tortoise'. They decided to churn the oceans to receive the Amrit.

The devas threaded the serpent Vasuki around Mount Mandara. Kurma, then, dived to the ocean floor and balanced Mount Mandara on his back. In the grip of Kurma's cosmic clutch, the gods received this Amrit from Lakshmi Devi who chose one of her fourteen treasures. She chose Lord Vishnu as Her Consort, who carried Her from the ocean to His heaven.

What is Lakshmi Puja?

For Hindus worldwide, Lakshmi Puja is the most sacred religious occasion. It is performed during the third day of the Diwali festival, which falls during the dark night of Amavasya. Preparations begin immediately after Dusshera. Women make sure to upkeep every corner of the home free from dust. They wash the home linens, scrub the floors and discard old belongings from the homes. Likewise, for businessmen and traders, it is the beginning of the accounting year, where old books of accounts are closed.

How to perform Lakshmi Puja rituals?

Lakshmi Puja consists of five pujas of five deities.
  1. Ganesha
  2. Lakshmi in three avatars
  3. Mahalaxmi
  4. Saraswati
  5. Mahakali
  6. Kuber—the treasurer of Gods
Lakshmi Puja is a family affair with close friends and relatives in an illuminated prayer room well lit up with earthen lamps and colorful rangoli.

Lakshmi Puja Vidhi : Method of Worship

  • Place a handful of grains on a platform covered with a new cloth. On the grains, place a Kalash (pitcher) filled with three-fourth level water. Place betel nut, a flower, few mango leaves, a coin, and some rice grains in it.
  • Draw a lotus with turmeric powder by the rice and place the idol of goddess Lakshmi over it, along with coins.
  • Place the idol of Ganesha facing the southwest direction. Place inkpot and account books on the platform. Light a lamp and begin the puja.
  • Invoke the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi, either by reciting the Vedic mantras or the mantras mentioned in the Puranas.
  • After the recitation of the mantras, bathe the Lakshmi idol with water, milk, curd, ghee, honey, or sugar. Finally, rinse with water containing some gold ornament or a pearl.
  • Then offer sandal paste, saffron paste, perfume, haldi, kumkum, abeer, marigold flowers, Bel leaves, and gulal to the goddess.
  • Light an incense stick and dhoop. Make an offering of sweets, coconut, fruits, and puffed rice.
  • Finally, perform the aarti for Goddess Lakshmi with a small bell.
  • Serve Prasad, greet everyone 'Happy Diwali', and go out in the open bursting fireworks.

Lakshmi Puja Vrat Katha : Story of Lakshmi Puja

Once, on the new moon day of Kartik month, Goddess Lakshmi was wandering, then she forgot the way. It was dark everywhere. Everyone on the earth was sleeping, the doors of the house were closed. Mata Lakshmi visited the home of an old woman who was driving a charkha. She arranged beds etc. for Mata Lakshmi to rest, where Mata Lakshmi took rest while she was busy with her work.

She slept while working. When his eyes opened, the palace was replaced by his hut. All things other than money and money were present in his house. There was no lack of anything. When the mother Lakshmi had left from there, she could not know the old lady.

During this time, she was busy with her work. She slept while working. When his eyes opened, the palace was replaced by his hut. All things other than money and money were present in his house. There was no lack of anything. When the mother Lakshmi had left from there, she could not know the old lady.

Mata Lakshmi was pleased with the service of that woman and was kind to her. Since then, every year the tradition of celebrating Kartik Amavasya at night started. On this day, people started keeping the doors of their houses open for the arrival of Goddess Lakshmi.
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