Lakshmi Puja- Praying for Abundance
On Diwali, worshipping Goddess Lakshmi is an essential ritual. Lakshmi Puja takes place on the new moon day in the month of Kartik, corresponding to the months of October-November in Gregorian calendar. It is believed that on Diwali, Lakshmi visits each and every house of her devotee and bless them with wealth, prosperity and abundance. This ritual is majorly performed in Northern and Western India.
The preparation of Lakshmi puja begins many days before the actual event takes place. People start cleaning their houses on a grand scale and some people even opt for renovating or painting their houses and offices and it is believed Lakshmi resides only in neat and tidy arenas. According to the Hindu scriptures, the broom used to clean should be worshipped using vermilion and turmeric. Sprinkling of holy water of GangaGanga
According to Bhagavata Purana, Vishnu in one of...., also purifies the arena.
After getting up early in the morning and taking a bath, people decorate their houses and offices with marigold flowers and leaves of mango, banana and Ashoka. At the entrance, an earthen pot covered with an unpeeled coconut is also placed at both sides of the door as it is considered highly auspicious. The red thread is tied at the neck of the pot and it is also covered with a red cloth. Women also draw rangoli at the entrance of the house while lighting the passage which takes people inside the house with lamps. It is done to guide and light the path of Lakshmi, asking her to enter their house and bless them. Small red footprints, moving towards the house, are also made using rice and vermillion, representing the footprints of Lakshmi.
The Worshipping Arena
A platform should be raised and covered with a red cloth to perform the puja. A handful of grains should be spread in the center of the platform on which a pot made of copper, bronze or silver, decorated with marigold flowers and ashoka leaves should be placed. The pot should be filled three-fourth with water, a betel nut, a marigold flower, some coins and grains of rice. A small place is to be decorated with flowers and placed on the pot. A small lotus should be drawn on the same using turmeric powder and rice grains. Place a small idol of Lakshmi on the plate and put some coins around her.
No puja ritual is complete without praying to GaneshaGanesha
The guardian deity of Hindus, also known as the Ganapati (The God of all groups) is the son of Lord Shiva ..., hence an idol of his is placed on the right side of the pot. Things which help us gain the wealth of knowledge like books and pens are also to be kept on the raised platform. Both the idols are offered vermillion, turmeric, flowers and rice grains. A lamp is lit in front of them and mantras are chanted (as mentioned below).
The idol of Lakshmi is given a special and ritualistic bath using a mixture of milk, curd, clarified butter, sugar and honey, collectively known as panchamrit. Some people then dress her in new clothes and also offer jewelry. List of items which can be offered to her are sandalwood paste, a garland made of cotton beads, perfume made of natural ingredients, leaves from wood apple tree, incense sticks, sweets, coconut, coriander seeds, cumin seeds and puffed rice.
Finally an Aarti It is a Hindu religious ritual of worshipis performed while making a mark of Swastika It is a Hindu symbol which is usually made with rice and vermillion before starting nay big event or ceremony as it is considered auspicious. It represents the God and universal energy or Shakti. Four lines are used to make this mark and the four lines represents the four direction and Purushartha- the objects of human pursuit, which are natural order, wealth, desire and liberation.on a safe or a locker in which all the precious things of the house or office are stored. Devotes request the Goddess to keep the locker safe. On a larger platform, it represents a devotee’s request to help him lead a prosperous life and reward his hard work with appreciate wealth.
Some of the most common chanted mantras during the rituals are
Om Hreem Shreem Lakshmi Bhyo Namaha
Om Shreem Hreem Shreem Kamale Kamalalaye Praseed Praseed
Om Shreem Hreem Shreem Mahalakshmaye Namah
Om Shrim Mahalakshmyai Cha Vidmahe VishnuVishnu
Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,.. Patnyai Cha Dheemahi Tanno Lakshmi Prachodayat OM. it is a sacred sound, which is meditated upon and considered as a spiritual icon by Hindus, Jains and Buddhists. It is the primordial sound which is considered infinite, all encompassing, the truth of existence, the ultimate reality of the universe, the cause of life and the ultimate reality of being. It is the finest essence of life which helps in gaining the knowledge of self and the universe.
While offering flowers to the idol of Lakshmi, one can chant-
Yatha-Prapta-Ritu-Pushpaih, Vilva-Tulasi-Dalai Shcha
Pujayaami Maha-Lakshmi! Prasida Me sureshwari
While offering incense sticks, one can chant-
Vanaspati-rasodbhuto gandhaadhyah Sumanoharah
Aaghreyah Sarva-Devanam, Dhupam Prati-Grihyataam
While lighting and offering a lamp, one can chant-
Sajyam Varti-Samyuktam Cha, Vahnina Yojitam Mayaa,
Deepam Grihaan Deveshi! Trailokya-Timirapaham
Bhaktya Deepam Prayachchhaami, Shri Lakshmyai Paratparaayai
Trahi Maam Niryaad Ghoraad, Deepoayam Prati-Grihyataa
?Shri Lakshmi-Devyai Deepam Samarpayami?
Things to Remember
It is essential for the entire family to sit in the praying ritual. Do not make loud rather the environment should be sublime and peaceful. Use a bell to accompany the singing. Light crackers only after the ritual is completed, not before or during the puja.
The wealth that Lakshmi bestows upon her devotees is not only materialistic but also spiritual and intellectual. People do pray to her for gaining wealth and other materialistic pleasures, but she also help her devotes in expanding the horizons of their mind. They are given the gift of knowledge and enlightenment. The path of self-enlightenment is also opened for them. People with utmost devotion, clear conscious and positive mindset are gifted with numerous opportunities to make their life a bed of roses.