How to do Lakshmi Pooja on Diwali? Diwali isn’t only the celebration of lights however it is likewise attached to one of the significant rituals, Lakshmi Poojan. The festival is celebrated with lots of joy and enthusiasm in India. People used to exchange gifts and blessings with their closed ones and later get together for the Lakshmi Poojan. This custom is performed to welcome Goddess Lakshmi at home. According to Hindu Mythology, Lakshmi Ji is the Goddess of Wealth and Purity. Hence, on this day prayers are offered to the goddess so as to grab blessings (Aashirwad) from her.
Diwali marks the last Fiscal (Financial) year for the business networks/groups in India. So most Business people perform Goddess Lakshmi pooja since it is believed that goddess Lakshmi came out from the Ocean of Milk (Ksheer Sagar) and offer Harmony, Success, and Bliss to all mankind. On this day, old account books are closed and new account books are opened as a new financial year starts for all business groups.
Importance Of Lakshmi Poojan On Diwali
Lakshmi Ji is the goddess of Goodness, wealth, and Prosperity. Apart from this she helps expel the problems that keep individuals from moving in a profound way or carry on their business. Lakshmi Ji is worshipped alongside with Lord Ganesh, who symbolizes auspiciousness and wisdom. He is the destroyer of disasters and deterrents and favors his enthusiasts with progress. He is likewise accepted to be the Divine force of education and knowledge alongside intelligence and riches.
The vast majority of the population perform Lakshmi Pooja on Diwali, however, it should be a daily custom. One simple custom which one can pursue is to lite Oiled Diya or Dhoop (Incense Stick) in front of Goddess Lakshmi Idol. However, there’s a proper Lakshmi Poojan Vidhi to do Lakshmi Pooja On Diwali. In this article, we have shared the step by step process (Vidhi) on how to do Lakshmi Pooja on Diwali.
Proper Steps To Do Lakshmi Pooja On Diwali
1. Clean & Purify Your Home (Shuddhikaran)
Diwali cleaning is very important. It is believed that goddess Lakshmi Embrace cleanliness. Hence, cleaning each and every corner of the house is important. Apart from this, sprinkle Holy Water or Gangajal (Pure Water of River Ganga) all over so as to cleanse the atmosphere and surroundings.
2. Setting Place For Pooja
The next thing is to set a platform (Aasan) for goddess Lakshmi. For that, find a good-clean place in your house. Search for a table or any high raised stage/platform to place the Idol of Goddess Lakshmi. Spread a clean red cotton cloth over the table and keep a bunch of grains in the middle of it.
Note: Make sure the place is clean. It is also advised to sprinkle a few drops of Gangajal around the table.
3. Place Kalash (Kalash Sthapana)
Put the Kalash (Silver/Bronze Pot) over the bunch of grains. Make sure to fill the Kalash with 70-75% of water and put a Supari (Betel Nut), a Marigold flower, a Coin, and some Rice Grains in it. Arrange 5 mango leaves and place them over the mouth of the Kalash in a circle.
4. Place Idols Of Lakshmi And Ganesha (Murti Sthapana)
Place the idol of Goddess Lakshmi on the left and idol of Lord Ganesha on the right (from the viewer’s perspective). Arrange a Pooja Thali (Plate) and put some rice grains and coins in that Thali and place it in front of the idol.
5. Apply Tilak And Lit Diya
Apply tilak to the Idols of Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Ganesh and to the Kalash. Now, light a Diya and place it in a thali alongside with some Haldi (Turmeric), Kumkum (Red Powder), and Rice Grains.
6. Place Accounts Books/Wealth Related Items
Now place your business/accounts books and other wealth/business-related items like money, jewelry, wallet, etc… near the idols of goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesh.
7. Offer Flowers And Recite Puja Mantra
Now keep some flowers in your palm and join your hands to chant Diwali Pooja Mantra. After that offer these flowers to the Idols of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesh.
Note: You can even chant Goddess Lakshmi’s name (in case you don’t know the Mantra) for a few minutes.
8. Clean Lakshmi Idol
Take the Idol of Goddess Lakshmi and wash it with clean water pursued by Panchamrita. Clean it again with water and wipe it with a clean fabric and place it back close to Lord Ganesh Idol.
9. Offer Flower’s Mala (Garland)
Arrange or make a fresh Flower Mala (Garland) and put it around the neck of Lakshmi Ji and Ganesh Ji. Now, do tilak with Haldi, Kumkum, and some Rice Grains and burn Agarbatti and Dhoop (Incense Stick) in front of them.
10. Offer Fruits And Sweets
Offer fresh fruits and sweets to both the gods. Arrange Paan (Areca Leaf) and put some Laung (Cloves), a Supari (Betel Nut), and a Coconut on it and offer it to the goddess.
11. Perform Lakshmi Aarti
Take a Diya in a thali, a puja bell in one hand and perform the Lakshmi Aarti (Prayer). Once Aarti is finished, everyone should bow down on knees to take blessings from the goddess. Also, youngers should take blessings from their elders by touching their feet.
12. Lit Diyas In House
Usually, the Diya’s should be lit during Lakshmi Aarti and later put on each side of the house and the significant spots like the Sacred Tulsi plant. A Diya is lit on the Kalash as well and is intended to be lit for the entire night of Diwali.
Remember, there is no firm rule for Laxmi Pooja and whatever you can manage is all accepted, the only thing which matters is your true faith for the Goddess.