Lakshmi Puja is the most important ritual performed on Diwali. It is the third and the main day of Diwali festival. With utmost faith, clear heart and mind, this Puja is performed by all the members of the family to please the Goddess and seek blessings, fortune, wealth and prosperity.
Diwali is a very popular festival in India and is celebrated for a period of five days. In the evening, Lakshmi Puja is performed with a belief that the Goddess will visit the homes of everyone and will bring fortune, wealth and prosperity.
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How To Perform Lakshmi Puja
- At the place of Puja, spread a clean cloth and put rice on it creating a bed.
- Place a Kalash (stoup) (filled with water, flower, betel nut and clean coin) on the bed of rice.
- Around the mouth of the Kalash, arrange some mango leaves.
- Place a Thali (plate) on this Kalash.
- Using turmeric powder, draw a lotus on the thali and place the idol of Goddess Lakshmi on it.
- Keep few coins on the plate.
- Place the idol of Lord Ganesha on the right side of the Kalash. Idols of other Gods can also be kept along.
- Close your eyes and chant ‘OM’ in your mind.
- Sprinkle some water on all the puja items.
- Apply Haldi (turmeric) and Kumkum (vermilion) on the Kalash and put a flower on it.
- Light an earthen lamp filled with Ghee.
- Take a flower or flower petals and rice in your hands, close your eyes and meditate on Goddess Lakshmi.
- Sprinkle the flowers or flower petals and rice on the idol of Goddess Lakshmi.
- Now put the idol of Goddess Lakshmi on a Thali. Clean it with water, Ghee, milk, curd, honey and sugar. At last, clean the idol again with water.
- Now, place it back on the Kalash.
- Offer garlands, sandalwood paste, vermilion and light incense sticks.
- Offer coconut, betel nuts, betel leaves, fruits and sweets.
- Now offer Batasha sweets and puffed rice.
- In the end, perform Aarti for Goddess Lakshmi.
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Namosthesthu Maha Maye |
Shree Padee, Sura Poojithe ||
Shanka, Chakra, Gadha Hasthe |
Maha Lakshmi Namosthuthe ||
Kali Puja Celebration
Kali Puja is one of the major festivals of Bengal and is celebrated at a grand scale in Bengal on the day of Diwali. Houses are decorated with colorful rangolis and lamps. In the evening or midnight, people engage in Kali puja to remove the evils and darkness of life. Crackers are bursted in honor of the Goddess. Kali puja is performed to seek the blessings of the Goddess Kali and attain well being and protection.
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