The festival of Diwali is here! It is widely celebrated in most parts of India. The festivity is cheered by many followers of all regions. It is the day when Lord Rama, his wife Sita, and brother Lakshmana returned to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. Houses and streets are decorated with colourful lights, flowers and diyas, tables are laden with sumptuous food and cards for teen patti are already being dealt. This year the festival of lights Diwali will be celebrated on November 7, 2018.
On Badi Diwali or the main day of Diwali celebration, Lakshmi Pujan is performed. Being the Goddess of Wealth, Maa Lakshmi is worshipped by many devotees. All the family members sit together and recite prayers and holy songs in front of the idols.
Lakshmi Puja Vrat and Rituals:
On the auspicious day of Diwali, people in most households get up early in the morning to worship family gods. People also perform Shradh for their ancestors. Devotees of Goddess Lakshmi observe a day-long fast on the day of Lakshmi Puja and break the fast only after the Lakshmi Pujan in the evening.
Preparations for Lakshmi Puja:
Decorate your house using marigold flowers, mango leaves and banana leaves on the day of Lakshmi Puja. Also, keep Mangalik Kalash with a coconut on top of it at both side of the main door of your home. For the Puja, the idols of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha are supposed to be kept on a raised platform. But before placing the idols, the platform has to be covered with a red cloth. Adorn the idols with silk cloth and jewellery. Then keep a white cloth on the on another raised platform on the left-hand side and prepare nine slots of Akshata or unbroken rice before installing Navgraha gods. Now, prepare sixteen slots of wheat on the red cloth before staring with the rest of the Lakshmi Puja Vidhi.
Muhurat/ Puja Time:
This year, the auspicious timing of Lakshmi Pujan will be, approximately, in between 5.45 pm and 7.45 pm. So its better if all of you pray and perform your puja in these timings to seek the blessings of Maa Lakshmi.
Mantras/ Lakshmi Ji and Ganesh Ji Ki Aarti: