Diwali is celebrated in the Kartik month on the Amavasyathat is full moon day. On this day we can observe houses shimmering with beautiful diyas, lights and flowers. One of the major pujas observed on Diwali is the Laxmi puja. Laxmi puja is performed to bring good luck, wealth and success in life. The Laxmi puja gets rid of all evil spirits and darkness, filling our lives with lights of happiness, hope, positivity and success.
The Laxmi puja begins by wrapping the chauki with red cloth and decorating it with banana leaves, rangoli and alpana around it. The idols of Ganesha and Laxmi is placed on the cahuki. This is followed by Kalash stahpana, and pran pratistha. The Priest then offers kumkum, haldi, roli, flowers, garland, sweets, fruits, chandan and panchmewa to Lord Ganesha and Goddess Laxmi. There are other rituals and Laxmi mantra jaap taht is performed by the pandit. The puja concludes with aarti and havan for grah shanti.
Laxmi puja is performed on the Diwali night in the month of Kartik.
The samagri list for Laxmi puja is as follows:
- Paan and Supari
- Durva grass
- A wooden chowki; A fresh red or yellow piece of cloth for covering the chowki
- Ghee for lamp
- Cotton wicks
- Whole coconut with its husk
- A brass lamp or earthen lamp
- Idols/images of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha.
- Mango leaves
- Whole wheat grains