Diwali and Lakshmi Poojan Guide
Goddess Lakshmi,also called ‘Shri’,- means Good Luck to Hindus. The word ‘Lakshmi’ is derived from the Sanskrit word “Laksya”, meaning ‘aim’ and she is the goddess of wealth, luxury, beauty, power, generosity and auspiciousness.She also married Shri Rama in her incarnation as Sita and Krishna as Rukmini and Radha
Lakshmi is the embodiment of God’s superior spiritual feminine energy which purifies, empowers and uplifts the individual. She is also the personification of the Spiritual energy within us and universe called Kundalini.
Lakshmi is one of the mother goddesses and is addressed as “mata” (mother) instead of just “devi” (goddess).
Lakshmi is depicted as a beautiful woman of golden complexion, with four hands, sitting or standing on a full-bloomed lotus and holding a lotus bud, which stands for beauty, purity and fertility. Her four hands represent the four ends of human life.Two elephants are often shown standing next to the goddess and sprinkling water.
Maha Lakshmi is claimed to fulfill the promises of material, wealth and contentment. Lakshmi is the household goddess of most Hindu families, and a favorite of women.The festive month of October is Mata Lakshmi’s special month. Lakshmi Puja is celebrated on the full moon night of Kojagari Purnima.
Gold coins are shown flowing from her hands,which suggests that her worshippers gain wealth. She always wears gold embroidered red clothes. Red symbolizes activity and the golden lining represents prosperity. Lakshmi is the consort of Lord Vishnu, and also appears as Lakshmi-Narayan.
Hindus worship Lakshmi for the peace and prosperity of the family. Businessmenworship her to get good fortune in the trade.On the full moon night following Dusshera or Durga Puja, Hindus worship Lakshmi with big celebrations and pray for her blessings, and invite neighbors to attend the puja.
It is strongly believed by Hindus,that on full moon night Mata visits the homes showers with wealth. A special worship is also offered to Lakshmi on the auspicious Diwali night.
| Lakshmi Gayatri Mantra
Om Maha Lakshmicha Vidmahe l
Vishnu Patnicha Dhimahi l
Tanno Lakshmi Prachodayat ll