Diwali Lakshmi Puja


The Third day of the festival of Diwali is the most significant day of the festival. It is the day when the Lakshmi Puja is performed. The day is completely devoted to the worship of Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity. On this day, the sun enters its second course and passes Libra, which is represented by the balance of scales. Despite the fact that this day falls on Amavasya or no moon day, it is regarded as most auspicious.

Lakshmi Pooja Traditions

  • Lakshmi Pooja, or the worship of the goddess of wealth, is the main event on Diwali in North and West India.

  • It is extremely important to keep the house spotlessly clean and pure on Diwali. Goddess Lakshmi likes cleanliness, and she will visit only the cleanest of houses first.

  • This is also the reason why the broom is worshiped on this day with offerings of haldi and kumkum (turmeric and vermilion). Lamps are lit in the evening to welcome the goddess. They are believed to light up her path.

  • Lakshmi Puja consists of a combined puja of five deities:

  • Ganesha is worshiped at the beginning of every auspicious act as Vighnaharta;

  • Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped in her three forms -

    • Mahalakshmi (the goddess of wealth and money)

    • Mahasaraswati (the goddess of books and learning)

    • and Mahakali; Kuber (the treasurer of the gods) is also worshiped.

Puja Samagri

  • Kalash
  • Mango leaves
  • Puffed rice
  • Idol or picture of Goddess Lakshmi
  • Milk, curd, honey, ghee
  • Usual puja Sweets
  • Cumin seeds
  • Coriander seeds
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Lakshmi Puja Puja Vidhi

Prior to starting the Puja, you should ensure that your home is clean and tidy. That's because it is believed that Goddess Lakshmi resides somewhere only when the place is neat and clean. You should perform the Puja in new dresses.

You should decorate your home by creating elegant designs of rangolis at the entrance of every room and the main entrance as well. By drawing these rangolis, you actually welcome Goddess Lakshmi into your home. Once you create rangolis, spread a red cloth close to the place where you'd like to keep the idols of Lakshmi Narayana, Ganesha and Saraswati. Spread 9 mounds of rice along the sides of the cloth and place a supari above the rice mounds. This is done to represent the 9 planets or the Navagraha devatas. Next, you should perform the ritual of Kalash Sthapana.

Prior to starting the Puja, you should ensure that your home is clean and tidy. That's because it is believed that Goddess Lakshmi resides somewhere only when the place is neat and clean. You should perform the Puja in new dresses.

You should decorate your home by creating elegant designs of rangolis at the entrance of every room and the main entrance as well. By drawing these rangolis, you actually welcome Goddess Lakshmi into your home. Once you create rangolis, spread a red cloth close to the place where you'd like to keep the idols of Lakshmi Narayana, Ganesha and Saraswati. Spread 9 mounds of rice along the sides of the cloth and place a supari above the rice mounds. This is done to represent the 9 planets or the Navagraha devatas. Next, you should perform the ritual of Kalash Sthapana.

Kalash Sthapana:

Fill a pot with water and place it in front of the idols. Put some betel leaves into the pot. Place a coconut on top of the pot. Tie a red cloth around the pot. Draw a 'Swastik" sign on the pot as a sign of prosperity and purification. This pot is termed as Purna Kumbh, and is believed to represent the supreme power.

Decorating the idols: Once the Kalash Sthapana ritual is over, you should adorn the idols with fruits, flowers, and turmeric-vermillion powder. Place the puja thali in front of the idols. Make sure the thali includes all essential items for Diwali Puja. In addition to puja accessories, the thali should have some gold and silver coins as a sign of wealth and prosperity.

Start the puja: Once you have the puja items ready, it's time to begin the worship. Take some water in your left hand and sprinkle it on your head so as to purify yourself. Now, you should take sankalpa by calling out the names of your family members. Offer your prayers to Lakshmi and Narayana. Light up lamps filled with ghee and offer incense in order to perform your worship.

Worship of Ganesha:

Offer some flowers, akshata (sacred rice), and a supari to Lord Ganesha. Chant Ganesha shloka and offer your prayers so that he helps you get rid of all obstacles that come your way. Next, you should pray to Goddess Saraswati and request her to give you the intelligence that can help you succeed in life. Once Saraswati Puja is complete, perform Kalash Puja by offering sweets, fruits, and akshata. Then convey your prayers to the Navagrahas. Sprinkle water toward all the four directions as a sign of purifying the four "dishas" of the universe. Next, you should perform Panchmitra Abhishekam. Lakshmi Narayana Abhishekam: Lakshmi Narayana Abhishekam (or Panchamitra Abhishekam) is all about praying to Lakshmi and Narayana. Panchamitra is a combination of ghee, milk, honey, sugar, and curd.

Wash the silver and gold coins in the puja thali with water and milk. Then offer some flowers and gulal to Lakshmi and Narayana. Now, break the coconut and offer a sweet dish to the deities. Chant Lakshmi mantra, shlokas and stotras so as to welcome Goddess Lakshmi into your home.

Once you offer your prayers to Goddess Lakshmi, you should worship Narayana with complete sincerity so that you can please him as well as Goddess Lakshmi who is believed to reside at the place where Narayana stays. Next, you need to perform the aarti for Goddess Lakshmi.


Shri Lakshmi Chalisa

Doha
Maatu Lakshmi Kari Kripa, Karo Hridaya Mein Vaas
Manokamna Siddha Kari, Paruvahu Meri Aas
Soratha
Yahi Mor Ardas, Hath Jod Vinati karun
Sab Vidhi Karau Suvas, Jai Janani Jagadambika

Chaupai
Sindu Suta Main Sumirau Tohi Gyan, Buddhi, Vidya Do Mohi
Tum Samaan Nahi Koi Upkari Sab Vidhi Puravahu Aas Hamari
Jai Jai Jagat Janani Jagadamba Sabaki Tum Hi Ho Avalamba
Tum Hi Ho Sab Ghat Ghat Vaasi Vinati Yahi Hamari Khaasi
Jagajanani Jai Sindhu Kumari Dinan ki Tum Ho Hitakari
Vinavaun Nitya Tumahin Maharani Kripa Karau Jaga Janani Bhavani
Kehi Vidhi Stuti Karaun Tihari Sudhi Lijai Aparadh Bisari
Kripa Drishti Chitavavo Mam Ori Jaga Janani Vinati Sun Mori
Gyan Buddhi Jai Sukh Ki Data Sankat Haro Hamari Mata
Kshirasindhu Jab Vishnu Mathayo Chaudah Ratna Sindhu Mein Payo
Chaudah Ratna Mein Tum Sukharasi Seva Kiyo Prabu Bani Dasi
Jab Jab Janma Jahan Prabhu Linha Roop Badal Tahan Seva Kinha
Svayan Vishnu Jab Nar Tanu Dhara Linheu Avadhapuri Avatara
Tab Tum Pragat Janakapur Mahin Seva Kiyo Hridaya Pulakahin
Apanaya Tohi Antaryami Vishva Vidit Tribhuvan Ki Swami
Tum Sam Prabal Shakti Nahin Aani Kahan Lau Mahima Kahaun Bakhani
Man Kram Vachan Karai Sevakai Man Ichchhita Vanchhit Phal Pai
Taji Chhal Kapat Aur Chaturai Pujahin Vividh Bhanti Man Lai
Aur Haal Main Kahaun Bujhai Jo Yah Paath Karai Man Lai
Tako Koi Kashta Noi Man Ichchhita Pavai Phal Soi
Trahi Trahi Jai Dukh Nivarini Trividh Taap Bhav Bandhan Harini
Jo Chalisa Pade Padave Dhyana Lagakar Sunai Sunavai
Takau Koi Na Rog Satavai Putra Aadi Dhan Sampatti Pavai
Putrahin Aru Sampatti Hina Andh Badhir Kodhi Ati Dina
Vipra Bolaya Kai Paath Karavai Shanka Dil Mein Kabhi Na Lavai
Paath Karavai Din Chalisa Ta Par Kripa Karain Gaurisa
Sukh Sampatti Bahut Si Pavai Kami Nahin Kaahu Ki Avai
Barah Maas Karai Jo Puja Tehi Sam Dhanya Aur Nahin Duja
Pratidin Paath Karai Man Mahin Un Sam Koi Jag Mein Kahun Naahin
Bahuvidhi Kya Mai Karaun Badai Leya Pariksha Dhyana Lagai
Kari Vishvas Karai Vrat Nema Hoy Siddha Upajai Ur Prema
Jai Jai Jai Lakshmi Bhavani Sab Mein Vyapita Ho Gun Khaani
Tumharo Tej Prabal Jag Mahin Tum Sam Kou Dayalu Kahun Naahin
Mohi Anath Ki Sudhi Ab Lijai Sankat Kaati Bhakti Mohi Dijai
Bhul Chuk Kari Kshama Hamari Darshan Dajai Dasha Nihari
Bin Darshan Vyakul Adhikari Tumahi Achhat Dukh Sahate Bhaari
Nahin Mohin Gyan Buddhi Hai Tan Mein Sab Janat Ho Apane Man Mein
Roop Chaturbhuja Karake Dharan Kashta Mor Ab Karahu Nivaran
Kehi Prakar Main Karaun Badai Gyan Buddhi Mohin Nahin Adhikai

Doha
Trahi Trahi Dukh Harini, Haro Vegi Sab Tras
Jayati Jayati Jai Lakshmi, Karo Shatru Ko Naash
Ramdas Dhari Dhyan Nit, Vinay Karat Kar Jor
Maatu Lakshmi Daas Par, Karahu Daya Ki Kor






Lakshmi Jee Ki Aarti

Before you start the aarti, you should light the diya and ring the bell. Perform the aarti by taking reference from the book - "Lakshmi Ji Ki Aarti". Once the aarti for Goddess Lakshmi is over, you should perform the aarti for Narayana. When the aarti is over, place the thali near the idols and recite Kshama Prarthana Stotram. Through this recitation, you actually request god to forgive you for the mistakes you have committed so far. Leave the place of worship for quite some time and then distribute the "prasad" to one and all.

    

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






    

श्री लक्ष्मी जी की आरती


ॐ जय लक्ष्मी माता, मैया जय लक्ष्मी माता |
तुमको निशदिन सेवत, हर विष्णु विधाता || जय

ब्रह्माणी रूद्राणी कमला, तू हि है जगमाता |
सूर्य चन्द्रमा ध्यावत, नारद ऋषि गाता || जय

दुर्गा रूप निरंजन, सुख सम्पति दाता |
जो कोई तुमको ध्यावत, ऋद्धि सिद्धि धन पाता || जय

तू ही है पाताल बसन्ती, तू ही है शुभ दाता |
कर्म प्रभाव प्रकाशक, भवनिधि से त्राता || जय

जिस घर थारो वासो, तेहि में गुण आता |
कर न सके सोई कर ले, मन नहिं धड़काता || जय

तुम बिन यज्ञ न होवे, वस्त्र न कोई पाता |
खान पान को वैभव, सब तुमसे आता || जय

शुभ गुण सुंदर मुक्त्ता, क्षीर निधि जाता |
रत्त्न चतुर्दश तुम बिन, कोई नही पाता || जय

आरती लक्ष्मी जी की, जो कोई नर गाता |
उर आनन्द अति उपजे, पाप उतर जाता || जय

स्थिर चर जगत बचावे, शुभ कर्म नर लाता |
राम प्रताप मैया की शुभ दृष्टि चाहता || जय









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