lakshmi puja
About puja

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.

Items/samagri required

There are certain pivotal items, used during those five special days of Diwali Puja, to pay tribute to Goddess Lakshmi. It is always advisable to collect those items beforehand, and keep handy, before the real puja starts. Listed below, are some of the significant items, which are must, for paying respect to Goddess Mata.

 

  1. New idols of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha, as the main items
  2. Bahir Khata or account books
  3. One red muslin cloth for God’s seating
  4. Red silk apparel for Goddess Lakshmi along with inkpot with pen and one yellow cloth
  5. Widen stool for keeping the idols and five earthen lamps
  6. Minimum 25 small earthen lamps for decorating your place
  7. One freshly brought earthen pitcher
  8. Flowers with minimum 3 fresh garlands
  9. Tulsi and bilva leaves
  10. Naivedhya, which is a perfect combination of fruits, sweets, lava, and sugarcane
  11. Minimum 3 sweet pans, with one pen as made using pomegranate and Durva grass
  12. Pancha pallav or twigs of five trees – Palash, Mango, Peepal, Banyan and Bakul
  13. Mix of ten herbs, also known as Sarvoshadhi – Jatamasi, Mura, Kushtha, Bach, Haradi, Shaileya, Soonthi, Daru-Haradi, Musta and Champak
  14. Mud collected from special seven places, also tagged as Sapt-Mritika – elephant stable, horse stable, ant heap, cow shelter, lowland, river confluence and royal palace.

 

In case, any of the above mentioned items are not available, then you can replace those items with Akshata, as an instant remedy.

Puja vidhi/how to do

There are certain promising steps, which are meant to be followed, whenever you are performing Lakshmi puja during Diwali season. There are certain primary steps, which are together stated as Shodashopachara Puja.

  1. Dhyana: At first, the puja begins with Bhagawati Lakshmi meditation. Dhyan needs to be done in front of the pre-installed Shri Lakshmi statue.
  2. Aavahan: After you are done with dhyan session, you are asked to chant the next session of mantra in front of Goddess Lakshmi. For that, you need to show aavahan Mudra, by joining palms and folding the thumbs inwards.
  3. Pushpanjali: After you have invoked Shri Lakshmi, you are asked to take five flowers in the Anjali session, and leave those, in front of Goddess’s idols. You have to chant the mantra of purity.
  4. Swagat: After you have offered flower made seats to Goddess Lakshmi, you need to chant the welcoming mantra with folded hands.
  5. Padya: After welcoming Lakshmi Mata, offer her water to wash off her feet, and chant mantra accordingly
  6. Arghya: After offering the padya mantra, it is time for you to offer water to Lakshmi Mata for head Abhishekam. Offer her your lovely greetings through mantras.
  7. Gandha Samarpan or Chandan Samarpan: This is the celebrating moment, when you offer Goddess some sandal paste, as a sign of purity, and to anoint her body.
  8. Pushpa Samarpan: Defined as one of the main parts of Lakshmi puja, here, flowers are offered to Goddess Lakshmi with seasonal flowers. Believers seek for her blessings, after bestowing her with flowers.
  9. Anga Pujan: In this section, you are asked to worship those other Gods, who are body parts of Bhagawati Lakshmi. For following this procedure, you have to take akshata, Gandha and Pushpa in left hand, and leave those items, near Lakshmi Murti, with your right hand. Do not forget to chant the mantra with it.
  10. Ashta Siddhi Puja: You need to worship Ashta Siddhi puja, near Goddess Lakshmi. For performing this task, you need to take Akshata, Gandha and Pushpa in your left hand and leave those near the idol, with right hand; the procedure is more or less similar to Anga puja.
  11. Ashta Lakshmi puja: you need to perform ashta Lakshmi puja, just near the idol of Goddess Lakshmi. It needs to be performed with chandan, akshata and flowers with mantras.
  12. Dhoop samarpan: It is now time for you to offer dhoop or incense stick to goddess Lakshmi while chanting mantras.
  13. Deep samarpan: In this segment, you have to offer candles to Shri Lakshmi and chant the pleasing mantras.
  14. Naivedhya Samarpan: You are now asked to offer Naivedhya to Goddess Lakshmi and please her to accept the offered meal, through mantras. This meal includes sweets with other eatable and drinkable beverages, like ghee, curd and milk.
  15. Aachaman Samarpan or Jal Samarpan: Make sure to offer water in this stage, after offering Goddess with food. It is a mark of purification.
  16. Tambool samarpan: In this stage, you are asked to offer Tambool or pan with betel nuts to Goddess Mata, as a mark of refreshment.
  17. Dakshina: You are asked to offer dakshina or gift, at this stage, to Goddess Lakshmi. It is a tribute to show her how much she is loved and respect by all.
  18. Pradakshina: Here, you are asked to offer symbolic Pradakshina with flowers and chanting mantras, at the same time. You have to circumambulate from the left side of goddess to her right side.
  19. Vandana sahit pushpanjali: In this stage, you are asked to perform and offer flowers to Goddess Lakshmi.
  20. Sashtanga Pranam: Done with eight limbs of your body, it is time for you to offer Sashtanga pranam to Sri Lakshmi with mantra chanting.
  21. Kshama prarthana: In this stage, you are asked to seek pardon from Goddess Lakshmi for any unknwn or known mistake, from your part, during the entire puja session.
Mantra

Learning mantra to pay your tribute to Goddess Lakshmi will help you offering your prayer with utmost religious faith. She will bestow your life with ultimate happiness and wealth, which you have always craved for.

Mantra In Devanagari Script:

रक्तचन्दनसम्मिश्रं पारिजातसमुद्भवम् | मया दत्तं महालक्ष्मि चन्दनं प्रतिगृह्यताम् || ॐ महालक्ष्म्यै नमः रक्तचन्दनं समर्पयामि | - क्षीरसागरसम्भते दूर्वां स्वीकुरू सर्वदा || ॐ महालक्ष्म्यै नमः दूर्वां समर्पयामि | अक्षताश्च सुरश्रेष्ठ कुंकुमाक्ताः सुशोभिताः | मया निवेदिता भक्त्या गृहाण परमेश्वरि || ॐ महलक्ष्म्यै नमः | अक्षतान समर्पयामि || माल्यादीनि सुगन्धीनि मालत्यादीनि वै प्रभो | ॐ मनसः काममाकूतिं वाचः सत्यमशीमहि | ॐ महालक्ष्म्यै नमः | पुष्पमालां समर्पयामि || रत्नकंकणवैदूर्यमुक्ताहाअरादिकानि च | सुप्रसन्नेन मनसा दत्तानि स्वीकुरूष्व भोः || ॐ क्षुत्पिपासामलां ज्येष्ठामलक्ष्मीं नाशयाम्यहम् | अभूतिमसमृद्धि च सर्वां न दिव्याम्बरं नूतनं हि क्षौमं त्वतिमनोहरम् | दीयमानं मया देवि गृहाण जगदम्बिके || ॐ उपैतु मां देवसुखः कीर्तिश्च मणिना सह | प्रादुर्भूतोस्मि राष्ट्रेस्मिन कीर्तिमृद्धि ददातु मे || ॐ घृतं घृतपावानः पिबत वसां वसापावानः पिबतान्तरिक्षस्य हविरसि स्वाहा | दिशः प्रदिश आदिशो विदिश उद्धिशो दिग्भ्यः स्वाहा || ॐ महालक्ष्म्यै नमः घृतस्नानं समर्पयामि | मन्दाकिन्याः समानीतैर्हेमाम्भोरूहवासितैः | स्नानं कुरूष्व देवेशि सलिलैश्च सुगन्धिभिः || ॐ महालक्ष्म्यै नमः स्नानं समर्पयामि | तप्तकाश्चनवर्णाभं मुक्तामणिविराजितम् | अमलं कमलं दिव्यमासनं प्रतिगृह्यताम् || ॐ अश्वपूर्वां रथमध्यां हस्तिनादप्रमोदिनीम् | श्रियं देवीमुपह्वये श्रीर्मा देवी जुषताम् || ॐ सर्वलोकस्य जननीं सर्वसौख्यप्रदायिनीम | सर्वदेवमयीमीशां देवीमावाहयाम्यहम् || ॐ तां म आवह जातवेदो लक्ष्मीमनपगामिनीम् | यस्यां हिरण्यं विन्देयं गामश्वं पुरुषानहम् ||

Devnagari Mantra in English dialect:

Raktchandanasammishram Paarijaatasamudbhavam | Mayaa Dattam Mahalakshmi Chandanam Pratigrihyataam || Om Mahalakshmyai Namah Raktchandanam Samarpayaami | Vishnvaadisarvadevaanaam Priyaam Sarvsushobhanaam | Ksheersaagarasambhate Doorvaam Sveekuroo Sarvadaa || Om Mahalakshmyai Namah Doorvaam Samarpayaami | Akshataashch Surshreshth Kunkumaaktaah Sushobhitaah | Mayaa Niveditaa Bhaktyaa Grihaan Parmeshvari || Om Mahalakshmyai Namah | Akshtaan Samarpayaami || Maalyaadeeni Sugandheeni Maalatyaadeeni Vai Prabho | Om Manasah Kaamamaakootim Vaachah Satyamasheemahi | Pashoonaam Roopmannasya Mayi Shrih Shrayataam Yashah || Om Mahalakshmyai Namah | Pushpmalaam Samarpayaami | Ratnkankanavaidooryamuktaahaaaraadikani Ch | Suprasannen Manasaa Dattani Sveekurooshva Bhoh || Om Kshutpipaasaamalaam Jyeshthaamalakshmeem Naashayaamyaham | Abhootimasamriddhi Ch Sarvaam Nirgud Me Grihaat || Om Mahalakshmyai Namah | Aabhushan Samarpayaami | Divyaambaram Nootanam Hi Kshaumam Tvatimanoharam | Deeyamaanam Mayaa Devi Grihaan Jagadambike || Om Upaitu Maa Devsukhah Keertishcha Maninaa Sah | Praadurbhootosmi Raashtresmin Keertimriddhi Dadaatu Me || Om Mahalakshmyai Namah Vastram Samarpayaami | Om Ghritam Ghritapaavaanah Pibat Vasaam Vasaapaavaanah Pibataantarikshasya Havirasi Svaahaa | Dishah Pradish Aadisho Vidish Uddhisho Digbhyah Svaahaa || Om Mahalakshmyai Namah Ghritsnaanam Samarpayaami | Mandaakinyaah Samaaneetairhemaambhoruhavaasitaih | Snaanam Kurushva Deveshi Salilaishcha Sugandhibhih || Om Mahalakshmyai Namah Snaanam Samarpayaami | Taptkaashchanavanaarbham Muktaamaniviraajitam | Amalam Kamalam Divyamaasanam Pratigrihyataam || Om Ashvapurvaam Rathmadhyaam Hastinaadapramodineem | Shriyam Deveemupahvaye Shrirmaa Devee Jushataam || Om Mahalakshmyai Namah | Aasanam Samarpayaami | Sarvlokasya Jananeem Sarvsaukhyapradaayineem | Sarvdevmayeemeeshaam Deveemaavaahayaamyaham || Om Taam Ma Aavah Jaatavedo Lakshmeemanapagaamineem | Yasyaam Hiranyam Vindeyam Gaamashvam Purushaanaham || Om Mahalakshmyai Namah | Mahalaksheemaavaahayaami, Aavahanaarthe Pushpaani Samarpayaami |

Benefits

There are various reasons on why people are inclining towards Lakshmi puja more and more these days. People are sick and tired of their old living habits and tensions, which surrounds their lives like a dark shadow. To get relief from such a hard and stressed out time, people are devoting some time towards Lakshmi Mata.

  • Lakshmi puja is performed to unblock the obstacles, hovering around your life. These are mainly caused by evil influences and dark planets, which can be removed by chanting Lakshmi Mata’s name, from the core of their hearts.
  • Defined as Goddess of light and wealth, Lakshmi is state to provide wealthy items to her devotees, like good investment, jewelry, happy love life and beautiful apparels.
  • When you made Goddess Lakshmi come into your life, you can see and experience happy family life with comfort and good food, all coming your way.
  • When you are inviting Goddess Lakshmi in your life, it means you are inviting new opportunities, your way. It is a great way to overcome your government hindrances and win cases, in your favor.
  • Proper Lakshmi puja can gift you with divine happiness, mingled properly with spiritual and mental satisfactory level.
  • It is the perfect way to meet and greet both worldly goals and spiritual enhancement.