The auspicious celebration of Lakshmi Puja in India during Diwali.
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India is a country of varying culture, festivals, and rich heritage. The number of festivals all around the year is all abundant and of various origins and religions.
Goddess Lakshmi or the Goddess of wealth is the one who is worshiped on this day. The primary reason for the same is to be thankful for what we have and pray for future prosperity.
WHEN TO CELEBRATE: It is primarily celebrated on the day of Diwali, primarily on the Ashvin Amavasya.
It has been said as per sayings that Goddess Lakshmi herself descends down to shower her blessings on this day.
CLEAN YOUR HOUSE: This is the main reason people clean their entire house and decorate it with flowers for Lakshmi Puja. There’s a saying that Lakshmi only visits the homes which are clean and spotless.
People keep their houses not just clean but decorate as well.
Lakshmi Puja is primarily celebrated around the North and West India during the Diwali. The entire household is decorated with flowers and lamps.
LAMPS: The lamps are considered too light up her path and guide the Goddess towards the home. This day is entirely devoted as a token of thankfulness for the Goddess showering us with prosperity and glory.
SWEETS & FRUITS: Many families have their own idol of Goddess Lakshmi while some tend to buy new ones for the occasion.
The Goddess is served with fruits and several sweet delicacies as an offering. Not just that, even gold and silver are offered as an offering to the Goddess.
Many often tend to hold the entire celebration in their offices to bless their workplace as well. The entire house is also decorated with flowers and Rangoli.
Rangoli is the art that is done in front of the houses or the place where the Goddess is to be worshipped. It is often done with colors or even shredded flowers at times.
The entire house after a proper cleanse is set up for the puja. A Brahmin pandit is often the one who chants the verses for the puja. Worshipping Ganesha is the first step to the puja after which the other rituals are done.
The ritual of worshipping Goddess Lakshmi started with a short happenstance in the Indian folklore. It is said to be engaged around a King who once fell seriously ill.
Apparently, the Queen was the one who dedicated her entire being worshipping Goddess Lakshmi who then cured the king. Since then, the devotees offer their prayers and fast the day before till the puja finishes.
The entire completion of the puja accompanies with the distribution of “bhog” or “prasad.” This often either includes fruits and sweets or even “Khichdi” and mixed vegetables and fries as per the houses.
For people who aren’t aware of the same, most of the Indians tend to celebrate Lakshmi Puja during Diwali. It should be known that Diwali is the festival of lights.
CELEBRATION OF VICTORY
It is the celebration of the victory of Lord Rama after he returned back to Ayodhya after spending 14 years in the forest. The celebration of victory is what is followed by the worship of prosperity and wealth.
The festival is celebrated mainly for bringing in wealth and well being of the family. Many businessmen often find this day auspicious to start new companies.
New deities are often established, or traditional family idols are worshiped. Not just at homes, but many associations tend to celebrate women power through this festival.
Diwali is a primary occasion which is accompanied with Lakshmi Puja and Dhanteras.
Dhanteras is yet another day where people buy gold, silver jewelry items. This day is considered the best day for ensuring the best kind of asset purchasing.
All in all, the part of the year around Diwali is not just a festival of lights. It signifies women empowerment, victory, and prosperity with the celebration of the accompanying festivals.
Lakshmi Puja is one of the most important parts of the entire season around the year. Goddess Lakshmi is believed not just to bring in wealth but prosperity and fulfillment as well.
This is one of those parts of the important festivals of India which is celebrated and embraced throughout the country.
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