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Lakshmi Puja is the major ritual associated with Diwali. Read further to know more about Diwali Lakshmi Puja and how it is performed.

Lakshmi Puja

Lakshmi Puja, performed in dedication to Goddess Lakshmi,forms the major custom of Diwali. Offered on the third and the main day of Diwali, Lakshmi Puja is performed to please Goddess Lakshmi to bring wealth and prosperity to the household. In northern and western India, this is performed along with lot of rituals and rites. Though plenty of legends are associated with goddess Lakshmi, one among them is that she is daughter of sage Bhrigu and she took refuge in the ocean of milk when gods were send for exile. Reborn when the ocean of milk was churned, she became the wife of Vishnu, whom she opted for herself. It is believed that goddess Lakshmi does not stay for long with those are lazy or people who worship her only for wealth. Falling on the dark night of Amavasya, Lakshmi Puja is followed by offering of homemade sweets for goddess and exchanging of gifts and sweets among friends and family. Read on to know more about Lakshmi Puja, its significance in Diwali and procedures.

Diwali Lakshmi Puja

Steps Of Lakshmi Puja
  • On a raised platform, spread a cloth with grains in the center and keep a pitcher (made of silver, gold, copper or terracotta) on it.
  • Fill the pitcher with water and putbetel nut, flower, coin and some rice grains in it. Place five kinds of leaves or five mango leaves in pitcher.
  • After keeping a small dish on pitcher, fill it using rice grains. Then,over the rice grains, draw a lotus in it using turmeric powder. Place an idol of Lakshmi on the lotus along with some coins.
  • On the front of pitcher, towards the south west, keep a Ganesha idol along with ink, books and everything related to your business.
  • Light the lamp and start the puja using kumkum, turmeric and flowers to the platform, after which you invoke the goddess to be part of the water.
  • Recite slokas or songs invoking goddesses and after taking some flowers in your hands, close your eyes and think of goddess Lakshmi and offer flowers to the idol.
  • Keep the idol of Lakshmi in a plate and bathe the idol with water and panchamrit (a mix of milk, ghee, curd, ghee, butter, honey and sugar). Following this, bathe the idol again with water which contains gold or pearl immersed in it. Then, wipe the idol and keep it on the pitcher.
  • Sprinkle some flowers and water on the idol.
  • Then, offer sandal paste, saffron paste, garland of cotton beads, flowers and beetle leaves, sweets, coconut, fruits etc. Pour puffed rice over the idol.
  • Perform Aarti to goddess Lakshmi along with a small bell. Make sure not to clap hands while you do the Aarti as it is the practice with other gods.
  • Always remember that a peaceful and serene atmosphere must be present during Aarti. Make sure not to light fire crackers while performing puja or immediately after it.
Lakshmi Puja forms the major event in Diwali. Hope this article familiarized you with Lakshmi Puja and its procedures.