Diwali Series-The Main Festival 

Diwali Lakshmi Puja

I cannot smile enough on this day…It suffices to say that I am at peace and happy to be celebrating Diwali with the kids and my wonderful hubby! I miss my parents and brother terribly but I guess I have to put up with this separation for now 

But looking out of the window, at the rows of neatly lined diyas that glitter in the darkness, The world looks like a nice place to live after all!!!

Okay so brace yourselves for a whole info download that I picked up from a host of websites while I was struggling to describe the Puja Vidhaan of this day.

So this is a gist of what I do nowadays for Diwali. This may not be the best way, or there may be another way of doing this but this is the way I do it. I am open to the reader’s opinions on which way works for them 

The Food for the day was-Mirchi Bajjis,Carrot Halwa,Raskadam(Store-bought), Dry Fruit Besan Laddu(Bikanerwalla),Motichur Laddu(Bikanerwalla again),Baghara Chawal and Boondi Raita 

Will share all of these recipes in the coming posts. Will also upload photos 🙂

The third day of Diwali: Lakshmi Puja on Diwali

This is the day when worship unto Mother Lakshmi is performed. Hindus cleanse themselves and join their families and their priest in worshiping the divine Goddess Lakshmi to achieve the blessings of wealth and prosperity, the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.

Lakshmi Puja performed on the third day of Diwali (Diwali Pooja) is a way adopted by Hindus to commemorate the splendor of goddess Lakshmi who signifies money and good luck for them. According to the Hindu’s sacred books and traditions goddess Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth and prosperity and Lakshmi Puja (Lakshmi Puja on diwali) is the best way of pleasing her. The occasion of Lakshmi Puja falls on the dark night of amavasya and is devoted entirely to the propitiation of goddess Lakshmi.Lakshmi Puja is also known by the name of “CHOPADA-PUJA” as on this particular day sun enters his second course and passes by Libra, which is represented by the sign of balance. Thus the design of Libra has been suggested to be the sign for the balancing of the account books.

An important tradition associated with Lakshmi Puja is that of gambling, particularly in North India (Diwali festival in India). According to a common belief goddess Parvati while playing dice with her husband, Lord Shiva said that whoever would play dice on the eve of Lakshmi Puja would be granted with prosperity for the entire year.

Lakshmi Puja Rituals

•Firstly lay a new cloth on a raised platform and then place a handful of grains in the center of the cloth and on the top of these grains place a Kalash or pitcher, which can be made up of gold, silver or copper.
•Then fill three fourths of kalash with water and place a betel nut, some flowers, some rice grains and a coin in it. Now arrange five kinds of leaves in the kalash. Cover the kalash with a small plate filled with rice grains.
•A lotus flower needs to be drawn over the rice grains with turmeric powder (Haldi) and then place the idol of goddess Lakshmi on the flower along with some coins.
•Now place the idol of lord Ganesha in the southwest direction of the idol of goddess Lakshmi, in front of the kalash. Place One big diya,filled with ghee, on the plate of rice resting on top of the Kalash (this represents THE SUN). Together they represent MAHA LAXMI. It is customary to setthe pot on some grains of unbroken rice. This pot represents Varuna, the God of the Ocean AND LAXMI as Mother Earth.
•Place the other big diya on your right hands side -this one is for arti the wicks should be of the rolled up type. Another diya should be kept on the side next to Ganesh. This can be a small one, with a pulled up wick. This is for the purpose of performing arati later on. It should be placed on a small platter or tari on some rice.
•Place a lower platform before the one on which the idols and the big diyas are placed. The red cloth should be spread on this lower platform. Now fill the other 8 (diyas) with ghee and wicks and place them around the Kalash in a Half circle with the circle towards you. Each diya is placed on a rice platform.
•Initiate the Lakshmi Puja by offering haldi, kumkum and flowers to the idols of lord Ganesha and goddess Lakshmi. Next offer these things to the water to be used for the Lakshmi Puja. Through these offerings invoke the river goddess to be a part of this water.
•Invoke the goddess Lakshmi with the help of Vedic chants and mantras addressed to the goddess. If you don’t know the mantras then simply close your eyes, take some water in your hands and think of goddess Lakshmi and finally offer the flowers to Her idol. Bowing to the 16 mothers,take rice, flowers and fragrance (atar) in your hands and say:
GOURI PADMA SACIMEDHA SAVITRI VIJAYA JAYA DEVASENA SVADHA
SVAHA MATARO LOKAMATARAH HRSTIH PUSTISTATHATUSTI ATMANAH-
KULADEVATAH GANESE NADHI KAPUJ YAH URDD HOU PUJYASCA SODA SAH
•Next keep the idol of goddess Lakshmi in a clean plate and bathe it with water, panchamrit that is a mixture of milk, curd, ghee and sugar and finally with water having some gold ornament or even a pearl. Wipe the idol clean and lay it back on the kalash.
•Make the offerings of sandal paste, saffron paste, perfume, kumkum, haldi and gulal to the idol. Now make an offer of garland of cotton beads to both the idols of lord Ganesha and goddess Lakshmi.
•Offer the flowers, like the marigold flowers or leaves of bel, which is a wood apple tree. Also make an offering of some sweets, coconut and fruits. Remember to light an incense stick and dhoop in front of the two idols.
•Now pour some puffed rice, batasha, cumin seeds and coriander seeds in front of the idols.
•Aum Namaste-astu mahaa-maaye sree peethe sur-poojite,Shankha chakra gaddaa-haste, Mahaa Lakshmi namo-astute.
•Aum Namaste garu-daaroode, kolaa-sura bhayankari;Sarva paapa hare devi, Mahaa Lakshmi namo-astute.
•Aum Sarvagye sarva varde, sarva dustha bhayankari;Sarva duhkha hare devi, Mahaa Laxmi namo-astute.
•Aum siddhi buddhi prade devi. bhukti-muktipradaayini; Mantra moorte sadaa devi, Mahaa Laxmi namo astute.
•Aum Aadhyanta rahite devi, aadhya-shakte maheshvari;Yogaje yoga-sambhoote, Mahaa Lakshmi namo-astute.
•Aum Stoola suksham mahaa rovdre, mahaa shaktemahodaye; Mahaa paapa hare devi, Mahaa Laxmi namo-astute.
•Aum Padmaa sanas-thite devi, pare brahma svaroopini;Para meshi jagan-maatar, Mahaa Laxmi namo-astute.
•Aum Svetaambar dhare devi, naanaa lankaar bhooshite;Jagat stithte jagan maatar, Mahaa Laxmi namo-astute.
•Aum Mahaa Laksham-yashtak stotram, yahahpathed-bhakti maan narah; Sarva siddhim vaapnoti, Mahaa Lakshmee prasaad taha.
•Take flowers or unbroken grains of rice in yourhands. Meditate upon the goddess, saying:
•YA SA PADMA SANASTHA VIPULA KATI TATI PADMA PATRAYAT AKSI
GAM BHIRA VARTANA BHISTANA BHARANA MITA SUBHRA VASTROTTARIYA
YA LAKSMIR DIVYA RUPA IRMANI GANA KHA CITAIH SNA PITAHEMA KUMBH AIH
SA NITYAM PADMA HASTA MAMA VASATU GRHE SARVA MANGALYAYUKTA SWAHA
•Drop the flowers and the rice at the feet of the goddess.
AVAHANAM(INVOCATION)
Now you have to invoke Laxmi. Avahanam is the act of invoking her. Join your hands with palms upwards, only the little fingers touching (with open palms). Make the usual gesture of welcoming guests in, and invite Laxmi to the household, office or factory where she is going to be worshipped and say:

OM SARVA LOKASYA JANANIM SULA HASTAM TRILO CANAMSARVADE VAMA YIMI SAM
DEVI MAVA HAYA MY AHAM DEVIM AVAHA YAMI SWAHA

•NOW THE NINE FORMS OF LAXMI ARE WORSHIPED – THE 8 DIYAS AND THE ONE IN THE MIDDLE KNOWN AS MAHALAXMI.

•Do the following while chanting the mantra:
•Bring the deity alive – by pouring with a spoon,Panch Amritam (mixture of 5 ingredients)
Aum Panch-aaamriten pas-chaach chuddod-ken Shri LammiMata samarpa-yaami swaha
•Offering a Seat to the deity……………AumIdam aasaanam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
•Touching the feet of the deity………..AumPaada-yoha paadyam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
•Giving deity water to drink……………AumHastayor-arghyam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
•Purifying area around deity with water…..AumMukhe aachman-eeyam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
•Energizing the deity with fluid………..AumSnaanaar-tham jalam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
•Now place all items on a Pan Leaf and offer to each,saying the mantra along:
•Vastram (Cotton Wool)……………. AumVastram Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
•Kacha Soot (Holy Thread)…………AumYajno-paveetam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
•Attar (Perfume)………………………..AumGandham Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
•Chandan (Brown Sandalwood)…..AumChandanam prati grihayatam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
•Sindoor (Red Sandalwood)…………AumSindooram Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
•Haldee (Yellow Tumeric)…………..Aumhaldeeyam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
•Gingelly (White Sesame Seeds)…Aumgingelly Shri Lammi Mata samarapa-yaami swaha
•Akshat (White Uncooked Rice)….Aumakshataya Shri Lammi Mata samarapa-yaami swaha
•Dhan (Unshelled Rice)……………..Aumdhanam Shri Lammi Mata samarapa-yaami swaha
•Kapoor (Camphor)…………………..Aumkapoor Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
•Lawang (Cloves)……………………..Aumlavang Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
•Elaichi (Unshelled Cardimon)……Aumelaichi Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
•Supari (Betel Nuts)………………….Aumtaam-boolam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
•Ritu-Ohal (Grapes or Raisons)….Aumritu-phalam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
•Pushpam (White Flower)……………Aumpushpam Maalam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
•Neemam (Neem Leaf)………………Aumneemam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
•Tulsi ………………………………………..Aumtulsee-dalam niveda-yaami Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
•Dhuba Grass (Specal Grass)……..Aumdhubam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
•Naivediam (Mixture of Sugar, Milk Cream &Honey)..Aum Naivedyam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaamiswaha
•Coins (silver)………………………..Aumdakshinaam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
•With an incense perform arti to the deity..Aumdhoopamaa-ghraa-payaami Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
•With a diya perform arti to the deity……..Aumdeepam darsha-yaami Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
•Circumambulate around the deity with the arti of light…….Aumkarpoor-aaraarti-kayam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
…………………………………………………………Aumpra-dakshinaam Shri Lammi Mata samarpa-yaami swaha
•”Samarpa-yaami” means not for me but for you God

•Complete the Lakshmi Puja by performing an aarti for goddess Lakshmi and lord Ganesha. Take care to ring a small bell while singing the aarti and it should not be accompanied with claps as is the practice adopted by Hindus while performing the aartis for other Gods.

Maa Lakshmi Aarti

Jai lakshmi maataa, maiyaa jai lakshmi maataa
Tumko nishadin dhyaavata, hara vishnu vidhaataa
Brahmaani, rudraani, kamlaa, tu hi hai jaga maataa
Surya chandramaa dhyaavata, naarada rishi gaataa
Durgaa rupaa nirantara, sukha sampati daataa
Jo koi tumko dhyaavata, riddhi siddhi dhana paataa
Tu hi hai paatala basanti, tu hi shubha daataa
Karma prabhaava prakaashaka, jaganidhi ke traataa
Jis ghara mein tum rahati, saba sadaguna aataa
Kara sake koii kara le, mana nahin ghabaraataa
Tuma bina yagya na hove, vastra na koii paataa
Khaana paana ka vaibhava, sab tumse hi aataa
Shubha guna mandira sundara, kshirodadhi jaataa
Ratana chaturdasha tuma hi, koii nahin paataa
Aartii lakshmii ji ki, jo koii nar gaataa
Ura aananda umanga ati, paap utar jaataa

This is how I performed the Puja followed by placing the Diyas on all corners home and then came the GREAT PART “ Chow Time” and Cracker Time!!

Hope you keep this for future reference if you are the way I was till 2009…Too busy with the corporate rat race to realize that we had to do all this and more to have a stress free life   After all, this is the legacy we leave behind to the little ones who would grow up watching and carefully imbibing these customs. Now enough of this gyaan. Enjoi and take care till Bhai Duj which is today!!!

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3 thoughts on “Diwali Series-The Main Festival 

    • iluvgoodfood

      Thanks so much for visiting Carol. Please also check out the other days of Diwali with Legend 🙂 Also please give me encouragement by asking all your friends to join in.

      Thanks once again! Happy Diwali!!

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