Laxmi Puja is considered to be very important puja for the hindus. This pooja is totally dedicated to diwali. It is very important for hindus that they should buy a pratima of Goddess Laxmi on the occasion of diwali. It is very important on this auspicious day to get the blessings of Goddess Laxmi. There are total 16 rituals followed for the proper completion of this pooja. On this day it is considered that Goddess Laxmi visits one’s home. On this occassion of diwali it is very important to keep the house neat and tidy. It is consider that Goddess Laxmi visits the cleanest house at the prior. So on this day the broom is worshipped. This pooja falls on the day of Amavasya which is generally regarded as inauspicious but for this day it is considered very auspicious. In the evening the lamps are lit at each and every one’s houses to welcome the Goddess Laxmi. This pooja plays a very significance role in the auspicious occassion of diwali.
Who should perform Laxmi Puja?
Goddess Laxmi occupies a very important place in the Hindu pantheon. Devotees believe that worshipping Goddess Laxmi will bring good luck, prosperity and wealth. Hence devotees perform this puja to seek the blessings and with grace of Goddess Lakshmi. Different people from different regions perform Laxmi Puja around different times in the year. Laxmi Puja is a very important ritual that is performed on Diwali. It is considered as a very important puja for devotees because it is the puja of Lakshmi panchyatan. Hence devotees perform this puja for the success of their new-age businesses and startups. It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi visits only those who lead a disciplined life. This puja also ensures that their business is successful and remove all the issues related to finances.
Benefits of doing Laxmi Puja
- Laxmi Puja removes all the problems or issues from the professional and personal life. It makes one financially stable and wealthy. The individual will never face any financial problem in his life. This puja will also remove the ill effects of the Grah Dosh.
- One will surely get a huge benefit if the individual has invested somewhere. The devotee will also lead a smooth and harmonious family life without facing any issues. It will also improve the communication skill of the individual and gives good outcome for business.
When should I perform Laxmi Puja?
It is believed that Laxmi Puja should be performed during Pradosh Kaal. This period starts after sunset and lasts for approximately 2 hours and 24 minutes. There are many who also believe that Laxmi Puja should be performed during Mahanishita Kaal. It is the time that is best suited for the Tantrik community. But from both the muhurats, Pradosh Kaal Muhurat is the best to perform the Laxmi Puja. The muhurat that is not advised for the Laxmi Puja is the Choghadiya Muhurat. It is advised to perform the Laxmi Puja when Sthir Lagna prevails during the Pradosh Kaal.
How to perform Laxmi Puja?
- The site where the Laxmi Puja is to be performed is decided according to the Vaastu Shastra. A red piece of cloth that does not have any black print is placed on the floor.
- A bed of rice is prepared where the kalash is placed and 75% of the pot is filled with water from the Ganges. Some grains, flower, a betel nut, harvested rice and a clean coil is placed inside the Kalash. The bunch of mango leaves are arranged on the top of the Kalash.
- A small plate or a thali is placed on the top of the kalash and the design of lotus is drawn from the turmeric powder. A picture or an idol of Goddess Laxmi is placed on it along with some coins.
- The idol of the Ganesha is placed towards the right side of the kalash and the holy water is sprinkled on the puja items in order to purify them.
- The rituals are performed with the help of Kumkum, Haldi (turmeric powder) and flowers. There are many lamps and incense sticks and the mantras are chanted to seek the blessings of the God and Goddess.
- Mantras are recited by holding some flowers and rice on the palms and they are sprinkled on the idol of the Goddess. The cleaning ritual is observed by placing the idol of Laxmi on a thali pouring water, milk, ghee, curd and honey.
- After this the idol is wiped with a clean cloth and placed back on the Kalash. The offerings to the deity consists of coconut, fruits, betel leaves, betel nuts and sweets. Towards the end of the puja, a silent aarti is performed by the devotees.
Materials required for Laxmi Puja
Things that are required for Laxmi Puja on Diwali are: Icons of Lord Ganesha, Goddess Saraswati, Goddess Lakshmi and Narayan, Silver and Gold coins, Five paan or mango leaves, Uncooked Rice, A coconut, Ten Suparis, Kumkum for applying tilak, Water in the lota, Panchamrita, Mithaai (Indian sweets), Dry fruits (almonds, cashews), Gulaal (holi color), Diyas, Agarbattis (incense sticks), Camphor, Red string, Rose or other flower petals, New note-book, A piece of red cloth for putting the pooja items, Thaali, Rose water, Cotton seeds, Lotus Flower Seeds, Dry whole Turmeric, Coriander seeds, A Chawki, Some currency notes, Ghee for the diyas, Water etc.
Cost of performing Laxmi Puja
The cost of the Laxmi Puja ranges from Rs. 3500 to Rs. 6000 that includes all the materials that are required for the puja.