Laxmi Puja is the Aaradhana of Goddess Maha Laxmi.
Laxmi Maata is an embodiment of power and intelligence as she holds the abhay mudra and gyaan mudra in her right hands. Her left hands hold a pot of wealth depicting what she can bestow upon a person. Hence, her four hands signify dharma, kaama, artha and moksha. One can see her radiate with a beautiful golden complexion in all her depictions. Being the Goddess of wealth, she adorns gold ornaments and is draped in a regal red saree. She is always accompanied by an elephant on each side, spraying water, which denotes purity, wisdom and a force of spiritual happiness.
Devi Laxmi gets her name from the Sanskrit word Lakshya which means ‘goal’. She is the Goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity, on a material as well as a spiritual level. She is the consort of Lord Vishnu and one of the three Tridevis along with Devi Saraswati and Devi Gauri. She is also referred to as Adi Parashakti or Param Prakruti.Laxmi is commonly worshipped on the Amavasya night on Diwali. Another common Laxmi Puja is known as the Ashta Laxmi Puja. This Puja refers to praying to the eight divine forms of Devi Laxmi. Apart from this, Maha Laxmi is also worshipped during Navratri on the 4th, 5th and 6th Day which are dedicated to her.
Laxmi Puja Vidhi:
- One should place the murti or picture of Devi Laxmi on a wooden plank known as chauki.
- Before placing the murti or picture, cover the chauki with a clean white cloth.
- Devi Laxmi should then be adorned with a red and gold dupatta.
- Place a handful of rice on the North East side of the place of the Puja and place a copper Kalash on it. The Kalash should contain water and a few coins. It should then be covered using 5 mango leaves and a coconut. The coconut should be wrapped in a red cloth. The Kalash should be decorated using swastikas made out of a paste of kumkum and water.
- Light diyas and agarbattis.
- Offer bhog Prasad along with fruits to Laxmi Maata.
- Then offer flowers at the feet of Maa Laxmi.
- One can also tie a thread around their wrist that has 16 knots.
Occasions to Perform a Laxmi Puja:
- One of the biggest Laxmi Puja is done on Diwali night.
- Also one can perform an Ashta Laxmi Puja after deciding on the right muhurat.
- Maa Laxmi is also worshipped during the Navratris as Durga Lakshmi.
- Apart from that people pray to her during the fortnight-long Mahalaxmi Vrat that falls in August-September. One can observe a Laxmi Vrat every Friday or even pray to her every day as the case may be!