DIWALI LAKSHMI POOJA:
Lakshmi Pooja is performed during the Diwali festival. Lakshmi is the Goddess of wealth and success. To invite the Goddess Lakshmi at home the ritual of Lakshmi Pooja is performed. Lakshmi Pooja is done for the prosperity, peace and wealth.
Legend of Goddess Lakshmi:
Goddess Lakshmi was the daughter of the King of milky ocean, she rose up from the ocean. It is said that very long ago, both the Gods and Devils were mortal. In order to get immortality, they churned the ocean for Amrith(nectar of immortality). While churning the ocean many divine things came up in which Goddess Lakshmi was prime. As soon as the Gods saw her, they fell in love with her astonishing beauty. Lord Shiva claimed Lakshmi as his wife, but she already has taken the moon, so was married to Lord Vishnu.
The significance of Lakshmi Pooja:
Lakshmi Pooja is having a great significance on Diwali. It is performed after the sunset during the Pradosh Kaal muhrath. It longs for 2 hours and 24 minutes approximately. People clean their houses, draw rangoli at the doorstep and lit lamps in order to welcome Goddess Lakshmi. It is believed that the Goddess will visit the cleanest house first. Broom is worshiped on this day by offering turmeric and sindoor.
How to perform Lakshmi Pooja?
Lakshmi Pooja consists of five deities combined. Lord Ganesha is worshipped at first, then three forms of Goddess Lakshmi namely Mahalakshmi, Mahasaraswati and Mahakali are worshipped and Lord of treasure Kubera is worshipped at the end. The Pooja begins by laying a piece of new clean cloth on a raised platform. A handful of grains are placed in the center of the cloth and a Kalash made of copper, silver, or gold is placed there. Lord Ganesh’s idol is placed in front of the kalasha. Pooja starts by lighting a lamp and offering haldi, kumkum is offered. The idol of Goddess Lakshmi is placed on a plate. It is bathed in a mixture of milk, curd, ghee, butter, honey and sugar. After that, it is cleaned with water containing gold or pearl ornament in it. It is placed at the back of the kalasha. Swastika a made and it is worshiped as the symbol of Kuber. Aarti is performed at the end of the ritual and dedicated to the Goddess.