Illuminated balconies! Brightly decorated market shops! Sound of crackers! Aroma of sweets from kitchen! Its happiness spread all over the nation. Even the pleasant cool breeze is perfumed with the aroma of Diwali festivities, isn’t it? Each one of us is waiting eagerly for Diwali, when we will get decked up in new and best attire, light up our house, worship Goddess Lakshmi and burst crackers.
As per the Hindu traditions and culture, every day is devoted to some God or Goddess. But Diwali has a special significance as on this day people perform Lakshmi Puja.
Legend of Diwali
Diwali is believed to have its origin in the Era of Lord Rama. Sita, wife of Lord Rama was abducted by the demon Ravana when they were serving their exile period in a forest. It took him around a year to find her and win her back from Ravana. Lord Hanuman was the biggest strength with Lord Rama, other than Lord Laxman, who helped him rescue Sita from Lanka. It is the story of the victory of love and patience. It teaches us to never give up even in the hardest times. One should fight till the last breath. It was the victory of good over evil. When Ram, Sita and Laxman returned to Ayodhya, all the people of the kingdom had lit earthen lamps and decorated their entrance with flowers and Rangoli to welcome them. Since then we celebrate Diwali.
Rituals of Lakshmi Puja
One of the important aspects of Diwali celebrations is Lakshmi Puja. Devotees follow the Lakshmi Puja rituals with all their faith in order to please Goddess Lakshmi. Here’s what you need to do:
- Clean the whole house thoroughly and make beautiful Rangoli at the entrance of the house.
- Decorate the house with garlands of marigold flowers and mango leaves.
- Keep unpeeled coconuts on the Manglik Kalash and place them at both sides of the main entrance of the house.
- On a raised platform, keep a red cloth and place the idols of Goddess Lakshmi and God Ganesha.
- Adorn the idols with beautiful, clean clothes and jewellery.
- On the left side, keep a white cloth and prepare nine slots with rice symbolising Navgraha.
- On the red cloth, prepare sixteen slots with wheat.
- Lakshmi Puja should be done at an appropriate time. Know more about the Muhurats for Lakshmi Puja 2019.
- Start with the worship of God Ganesh. Put tilak on the forehead of Lord Ganesha. Offer him flowers, dhoop, sweets and light an earthen lamp.
- Apply tilak on the forehead of Goddess Lakshmi. Offer her scent, flowers, dhoop, sweets and earthen lamp. Also keep coriander seeds, cotton seeds, dry whole turmeric, silver coin, currency notes, supari and seed of lotus flower in front of Goddess Lakshmi.
- Worship Lord Vishnu and Lord Kuber and offer them scent, flower, dhoop, sweets, fruits and earthen lamp to Lord Vishnu.
- Don’t forget to worship Goddess Saraswati. Apply tilak on the forehead and also light a lamp. Pray for divine knowledge and wisdom.
- Also, chant the Maa Lakshmi Mantra, 108 times. The mantra is “Shreem Swaha”. Know more about the mantra from our experts
- Keep a lamp that lights the whole night at the place of Lakshmi Puja on Diwali.
Tips to please Goddess Lakshmi
Lakshmi Maa is the Hindu Goddess of wealth and fortune. It is believed that she never stays at one place permanently. So, let us find some ways to please her to have her blessings for a longer period.
- Always keep your home clean and pure.
- Let peace prevail at your residence.
- Never disrespect any woman, especially your wife or daughter-in-law.
- Prepare Prasad every day after bathing and never taste it before offering it to Gods.
- Pray together with family.
- Keep a fast every Friday and on Diwali.
- Chant the Lakshmi Mantra
- Light a lamp in front of the Tulsi plant every morning and evening. Ask our experts about obstacles in your income/ wealth.
Significance of Lotus in Lakshmi Puja
According to Hindu traditions and Vedas, every God is associated with some creature or earthly object. Goddess Lakshmi is assigned the Lotus flower. It is known as pious and sacred. So, it is offered to Lakshmi maa. The lotus flower pleases Lakshmi maa and completes the puja vidhi. Goddess Lakshmi holds lotus flower in two of her arms. And she presides over a lotus flower that is completely bloomed- it is her divine seat. She wears a garland made with lotus buds. It is also believed that Goddess Lakshmi emerged from the forehead of Lord Vishnu, where there was a lotus blooming.
May God bless you with wealth and equal wisdom!
It is a known fact that when one is blessed with prosperity, he often loses his wisdom. So, along with Goddess Lakshmi, always pray to Lord Ganesha and Goddess Saraswati to give you equal knowledge and wisdom to spend the wealth and not let pride take over you. Don’t forget to worship Lakshmi Maa on 27th October, Sunday this year, during Vrishabha Lagna Muhurat (evening) from 06:42 PM to 08:38 PM.
Ganeshaspeaks wishes you a Happy Diwali! Enjoy the festival with great fervour with your family, enjoy the Diwali delicacies and have A Happy and Safe Diwali!!
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