Lakshmi Puja is considered to be a religious Hindu prayer, as sung on Amavasya, also known as third day of Diwali festivity. The song is mainly sung during Nepal’s Tihar festival. Devotees show respect to Goddess Lakshmi by placing candles or small oil lamps, surrounding their houses. Their main aim is to pray for the well-being and prosperity of their businesses and families.
As far the legend goes, Goddess Lakshmi, Vishnu’s wife and goddess of wealth, visits her adherents to bestow blessings and gifts, upon them. Devotees must clean their house to welcome goddess, as Lakshmi Mata prefers cleanliness above all. Therefore, you will see them decorating their houses with lights and finery, and prepare some sweet delicacies.
Emergence of Goddess Lakshmi
As the story unfolds, it is believed that Goddess Lakshmi manifested herself on that particular time, when deities and demons where churning the ocean for “Drink of mortality.” Therefore, Diwali festival is mainly celebrated to commemorate the birth of Lakshmi Mata, the goddess of wealth. This festivity is performed to drive away evil spirits and their shadows. In villages, cattle are worshipped and adorned by farmers, as they are considered to be the main source of income. On the other hand, in south India, cows are known for offering special veneration, as they are known as the incarnation of Lakshmi.
Auspicious time for celebration
Worshipping goddess of wealth is considered to be a main event of Diwali festival, mainly in West and North India. As Goddess Lakshmi is a mark of cleanliness as well, therefore; you will see people worshipping broom with vermillion and turmeric, on it. Lamps are lit during evening time to welcome Lakshmi Mata. During such an auspicious timing, a supported knowledge light is said to have dawned upon humanity. Self-enlightenment is mainly expressed through laminating lights, which lighten up the abode. It is also believed that on this special day, Lakshmi walks through green fields and even loiters through by-lanes, to bestow her blessings, for prosperity and glory on mankind.