As Diwali, the festival of lights, approaches us, we gear up for the festivities with our shopping trips to the market and cleaning of our houses. Like every year, Lakshmi Puja celebrations will take place by praying to Goddess Lakshmi. As per Hindu tradition, the Goddess is the queen of wealth and prosperity and her blessings are absolutely necessary for Diwali. Hence, she is worshipped across India. Lakshmi Puja is one of the most important celebrations during Diwali. People follow this up by lighting up your house with diyas, candles and decoration lights as you know. Rangolis of various designs too adorn the beautiful entrance of the house, that adds colour to the festivities. Also, various sweets are first offered to the Gods and then served to members of the family.
Dhanteras marks the beginning of the celebrations of Diwali festival. Also called Dhantrayodashi, Hindus worship Lord Kubera and Goddess Laxmi or the God and Goddess of wealth on this day. In Hindi, ‘dhan’ refers to ‘wealth’, and people widely beleive that goddess Lakshmi came out of the ocean during the churning of the milky sea with a pot of gold and wealth on this day. It is for this reason that it’s considered auspicious buy clothes, gadgets, and jewellery on Dhanteras.
Diwali of the year 2020
Diwali falls in either October or November each year, depending on the cycle of the moon. It’s observed on the 15th day of Kartik, the holiest month in the Hindu lunar calendar. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolises the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance”. In 2020, Diwali will fall on November 14, i.e. on Saturday.
How to perform Diwali Pooja
Many people keep a day-long fast for Diwali Laxmi pooja after waking up early to pay a tribute to their ancestors. The Laxmi and Ganesh pooja for Diwali involves keeping idols or images of deities Lakshmi and Ganesh on a raised platform with a covering of red cloth. A white cloth has to placed on the left of the platform for the Navgraha gods.
Begin Diwali Laxmi Pooja by meditating on Bhagawati Lakshmi while focusing on the Laxmi statue in front of you. After invoking Laxmi, take five flowers in Anjali (by joining palm of both hands) and leave them in front of the idol. Then, after welcoming Laxmi, offer her water to wash the feet. After Padya offering, offer water to Laxmi for head Abhishekam. Then, after Arghya offering, offer water to goddess Laxmi for the bath.
Post-Snanam, offer Panchamrita bath to goddess Laxmi. Now offer scent bath to goddess Laxmi. After Gandhasnanam, offer bath to goddess Laxmi with pure water. Then you can offer honey, milk and moli. After this, you can offer jewellery, sindoor and sandalwood. Rice, Chandan and flowers are also to be offered. Also, you must not forget the dhoop, deep and water. Offer her dakshina and tambool.
Finally offer prayers and chant aartis for her welcome.
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