On October 24, Lakshmi Puja is celebrated, offering prayers to the goddess Lakshmi for wealth and prosperity. Lakshmi is considered to be the goddess of wealth, fortune, luxury, and prosperity.
This festive day represents the victory of good over evil and is considered the most important day of Diwali, the festival of lights, which is celebrated 20 days after Navaratri. It also celebrates meaningful relationships among friends and family, and people buy each other gifts.
Legend of Lakshmi Puja
After 14 years in exile, Lord Rama returned to his homeland with his wife and brother and succeeded in defeating King Ravana. Villagers welcomed his return and lit diyas, lamps.
Representing the victory of good over evil, Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura and freed the people of his kingdom. In a different version of the legend, the Pandaras return after 12 years of exile, and in yet another version it celebrates Lakshmi’s wedding to Lord Vishnu.
Celebration Practices of Lakshmi Puja
Lakshmi Puja is celebrated in the evening. Devotees give holy baths to several gods: Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and money, Ganesha to seek blessings before starting something new, Saraswati, the goddess of books and learning, and Lord Kubera, the gods' treasurer.
Their images are placed on a pedestal and worshipped together. People light lamps and place them around their houses, on windowsills, and in other places to celebrate the victory of light over darkness.
Before the ceremony, devotees clean the celebration place with holy water, cow dung, and red mud. They burn incense made out of coal and dried waste because the fumes are believed to purify the air.
People wake up and take a holy bath. It's believed that, on Diwali night, the goddess Lakshmi visits each house to bless them with wealth and prosperity. Celebrants dress in newly bought traditional clothes as it's said that Lakshmi will visit the cleanest place first.
People go out and set off firecrackers to chase away evil spirits so they'll be ready to receive Lakshmi. She's said to choose to dwell in a house that's merciful, dutiful, faithful, and filled with religious people who have control over their passions and are devoted to God as well as women who are virtuous and chaste.
Families recognize mothers as an embodiment of the goddess Lakshmi for the prosperity of their houses since they work so hard for the household. Devotees celebrate by buying jewelry crafted with gold, silver, precious gemstones as well as new utensils made of copper, brass, and bronze as a sign of good luck, prosperity, money, and wealth.
At the end of the ceremony, devotees perform aarti, a Hindu religious ritual of worship, in which they offer light from a flame to one or more idols along with ringing a small bell in a silent, respectful atmosphere. Celebrants buy sweet treats and other delicacies and generously share with others.
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