Lalita Panchami - A Fasting Day Dedicated to Goddess Lalita
Lalita Panchami, also known as Upang Lalita Vrat, Vrat is the Hindi term of fast . It is a process in which devotees do not consume food or/and water on the days dedicated to the Gods they believe in, to show their dedication and to gain health and prosperity is a festival dedicated to Lalita on which people observe a fast for the complete day. The day is celebrated on the fifth day of the bright lunar fortnight in the month of Ashvin (September-October), according to the Hindu calendar. It is celebrated during the nine day festival dedicated to Durga, called Navratri.
The day is also observed as Lalita Jayanti as the goddess came into existence in a physical form, on this very day.
According to the legends, there was a demon named Bhanda or Bhandasura He was a demon who came into existence through the ashes of Kamdeva. The Love God was killed by Shiva and he cease to exist as soon as Shiva transformed him into ashes. From these ashes, a new being was born who was later killed by the Goddess Ambika. The ashes were brought into life by Ganesha who started playing with those ashes, made a demon and put life into it. When he came into existence, he behaved as a friend of Ganesha but later on, he was filled with so much of hatred and rage that he started creating havoc and inflicting atrocities.
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After the death of Shiva's first love Sati, Shiva... took the form of Lalita and helped to regain order and discipline in the universe. She also turned the demon in his real self, i.e., Kamadeva, thus helping him in attaining peace and previous powers.
After waking up early in the morning and taking a bath, people visit temples dedicated to the Goddess and Shiva. They pray to them by offering incense sticks, flowers and fruits. In many communities, women gather in a worshipping arena and together perform a special Puja, It is a prayer ritual performed to make offerings, honoring, evoking or worshipping gods. The ceremony can also be performed to pay homage to the beloved ones who are dead in the name of the Goddess.
People also recite or listen to Lalita Sahasranama which helps them in warding off the evil from their future. Meditation is another practice of the day. Such rituals are famous and common in Gujarat and in some parts of Maharashtra.
Shri Mahalakshmi temple, located in Kolhapur (Maharashtra) celebrates Lalita Panchami with utmost religious fervor. Priests of the temple perform Abhishekam Bathing the idol of the Hindu deityand sing hymn dedicated to the goddess. They perform Aarti It is a Hindu religious ritual of worshipwhich is followed by prasadam distribution. People in large numbers and from faraway places attend the ceremonies and gain blessings from the Mother Lalita.
Lalita has a benevolent heart and is always ready to help her worshippers. She is easy to please. People show their dedication and devotion to her and she fills their life with grace and prosperity. One can experience peace and harmony in his life, as the benefits of observing the fast. A true devotee can attain wealth, happiness and knowledge through the blessings of Lalita.
Financial and marital problems can also be kept at bay and couples may also be blessed with children.