Lakshmi Puja or Laxmi Puja is one of the auspicious Hindu festivals that is celebrated during Deepawali or Diwali every year. As it is known by its name, Lakshmi Puja is dedicated to the goddess Lakshmi: the goddess of wealth and prosperity.
The festival of Diwali is incomplete without Lakshmi Puja, so every year during the festival it is celebrated with devotion and enthusiasm. Diwali celebrates the return of Lord Rama with Goddess Sita and Lord Lakshmana to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. During this period, the occasion of Lakshmi Puja is celebrated to honor the Goddess Lakshmi, who brings prosperity to the family.
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Diwali Lakshmi Puja 2023 Date & Time
The auspicious five-day festivities of Diwali begin on Dhanteras and end on Bhai Dooj. Lakshmi Puja is considered as the main festive of Deepawali and as per the Hindu calendar it falls on the occasion of Amavasya (new moon day) in the month of Kartik, on the third day of Deepawali.
Laxmi Puja is held at the Pradosh Kaal, which begins after sunset. This year, the auspicious occasion of Lakshmi Puja will be celebrated on Sunday, November 12, 2023, on the main Diwali or Badi Diwali. The Lakshmi Puja Muhurat is from 05:40 pm to 07:36 pm.
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- Lakshmi Pujan Muhurat: 5:40 PM to 7:36 PM, Diwali Day, 12 November
Why is Lakshmi Puja Celebrated?
As per Hindu mythology, Goddess Lakshmi, who is the wife of Lord Vishnu, visits her devotees, to bestow good fortune and her blessing upon them. Lakshmi ji symbolizes good fortune, wealth, and prosperity, and her blessings are invoked for a good year ahead.
In Assam, Odisha, and parts of West Bengal, Lakshmi Puja, also known as Lokkhi Pujo, is performed on Ashvin Purnima day in the month of Ashvin, the full moon day following Vijaya Dashami or Durga Puja. On the auspicious day, women worship goddess Lakshmi in the evening, after cleaning their houses and decorating the floors with beautiful rangoli designs, also known as Alpona.
How is Lakshmi Puja celebrated?
Goddess Lakshmi is believed to roam the earth on the night of Lakshmi Puja. So, on the evening of Lakshmi Puja, people open their doors and windows to welcome the goddess, and light Diyas on their windowsills and balcony ledges to invite her in.
People wear new clothes, make rangoli, and worship Goddess Lakshmi and one or more additional deities depending on the region of India, typically Lord Ganesha, Kubera, and Goddess Saraswati.
It is believed that the goddess likes cleanliness and visits the cleanest house first, so to welcome her, devotees clean their houses, decorate them with lights and divas, and prepare sweet treats and delicacies as an offering to her.
This festival unites people and spreads love among the communities. People invite their neighbors, friends, and relatives to their houses and organize feasts for them. All people have their dinner together and burn firecrackers to celebrate the special day and have fun.