Celebrated on the occasion of Lord Rama’s return to the kingdom of Ayodhya after 14 years of exile, Diwali is one of the grandest festivals of Hindu culture. The day is marked with lights, rangoli, sweets, and happiness.
This year, the day will be observed on November 4. The five-day festivities begin with ‘Dhanteras’, and end with the auspicious day of ‘Bhai Dooj’.
During Diwali, apart from burning firecrackers and lighting diyas, Laxmi pooja is of utmost importance. The significance of this pooja is to seek the blessings of Goddess Laxmi, who is considered to be the Goddess of wealth, good luck, and prosperity. This Puja is also referred to as ‘Kojagori Lokkhi Puja’.
When is Laxmi Pooja Observed?
Laxmi Puja is observed on the night of Amavasya. People light diyas and decorate their homes with light as it is a dark night. It is believed that people light diyas in all directions so Goddess Laxmi may bless them with wealth and prosperity from all directions of life.
She visits the people on this day who worship her and showers them with her choicest blessings bringing peace and tranquility to their lives. Along with Goddess Laxmi, people also worship Lord Ganesha on this day, who is considered to be the destroyer of all evils.
Laxmi Puja Vidhi
On the day of Laxmi Puja, people decorate their workplaces and homes with Ashoka, marigold flowers, bananas, and mango leaves. They also keep their houses clean as Goddess Laxmi is believed to enter the cleanest house.
Mangalik Kalash is also considered auspicious to keep during the Puja. The Kalash is covered with a coconut that is not peeled and is kept on both sides of the main entrance.
To perform the puja, a red cloth is kept at the right side on a Chauki where idols of Goddess Laxmi, and Lord Ganesha are kept adorned with silk clothes and jewelry. One white cloth is also kept on the left side on a Chauki with Navgraha Gods.
Nine slots of Akshata(unbroken rice) are prepared to install the Navgraha on white cloth and 16 slots of wheat or wheat flour on red cloth. Laxmi Puja is performed with full rituals.
Laxmi Puja Shubh Muhurata
Shubh Muhurata– 06:09 pm to 08:20 pm
Duration: 1 hour 55 minutes
Pradosh Kaal: 7:34:09 PM to 20:10:27 PM
Vrishabh Kaal: 18:10:29 PM to 20:06:20 PM
Nishita Kal: 11:39 pm to 00:31 pm on 5th November
Sinha Lagna: 00:39 PM on 5th November to 02:56 AM
Morning Muhurta– 06:34:53 am to 07:57:17am
Morning Muhurta– 10:42:06 am to 14:49:20 pm
Evening Muhurta-16:11:45 PM to 20:49:31 PM
Ratri Muhurta– 24:04:53 PM to 01:42:34 PM