Lakshmi Puja


Lakshmi puja is one of the important rituals performed during the festival of Diwali. This ritual is performed to invite Goddess Lakshmi at home. Laxmi Puja on Diwali should be done during Pradosh Kaal that begins with sunset and last for 1 hours and 56 minutes approximately. It is believed that Lakshmi visits her devotees and bestows gifts and blessings upon each of them on this evening. To welcome the Goddess, devotees clean their houses, decorate them with finery and lights, and prepare sweet treats and delicacies as offerings. In the South, people celebrate the festivity during chathurdasi, before amavasya day. They wake up early in the morning and have a holy bath using ‘ubtan’ (a paste of natural ingredients), they then apply a mix of ‘kumkum’ and oil over their foreheads, before proceeding for prayers to Lord Krishna. It is believed that worshipping Lord Krishna on this day brings immense good luck, prosperity, and wards off any evil presence in life. And on Deewali day, crackers are fired to celebrate Victory of Lord Krishna over Narakasura. In Bengal Lokkhi Pujo or Laxmi puja is performed on Sharada Purnima day, the full moon day following Vijaya Dashami. This puja is also known as Kojagori Lokkhi pujo. Women worship Maa Laxmi in the evening after cleaning their house and decorating the floor of their houses with alpona.