The festival of Lakshmi Puja is celebrated in India at the time of Diwali. Lakshmi Puja festival falls in the month of October, which is 5 days after Mahadashami festival. It is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Ashvin according to the Hindu Lunar calendar. | Lakshmi Puja Celebration in India |
It is believed to be the birthday of Goddess Lakshmi and it is also celebrated as Sharad Purnima which is known as the harvest festival. Further, it is also known as Kaumudi celebration which is the celebration of the moon. As per Gregorian calendar, Marghashirsha is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. In the month of Marghashirsha, every Thursday.
Lakshmi Puja is done and fast is observed by the devotees of Goddess Lakshmi. Goddess Lakshmi is known for wealth, prosperity and good fortune. The Lakshmi Puja is done even at home and also at the temples. Interestingly, Lakshmi Puja is performed by both men and women. And married couples perform it together.
Lakshmi Puja consists of a combined Puja of five deities: Ganesha is worshipped at the beginning of every auspicious act as Vighnaharta, Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped in her three forms – Mahalaxmi who is the goddess of wealth and money, Mahasaraswati who is the goddess of books and learning, and Mahakali who is the treasurer of the gods is also worshipped on the auspicious occasion of Lakshmi Puja.
In the evening of Lakshmi Puja, nine varieties of delicious food are made including sweets and sawaiyan. And on the last Thursday, every household invites at least five women to their homes, which are considered an avatar of Goddess Lakshmi. The ceremonies include applying of Haldi Kumkum following by sharing fruits like banana and aster flower. The Lakshmi Puja is an integral part of the festival of Diwali and is celebrated in millions of households across the country with great joy and excitement.
This year, Lakshmi Puja is celebrated all over India on 7th November 2018. On this day, Lakshmi is believed to roam the earth on Diwali night. On the evening of Diwali, people often open their doors and windows to welcome Lakshmi and place diya lights on their windowsills and balcony edges to invite her in.