How To Do Diwali Puja At Home
Diwali is just a week away from now and we all are busy in making lists and preparing for the day celebrations. One of the main importance of this festival is to seek divine blessings from Goddess Laxmi who is known to bless with prosperity and comforts. I have seen my mother perform the traditional Laxmi Puja at home and now after marriage I have been doing the Laxmi Puja as per my in laws’ customs.
There is not much dispute over how to do Laxmi Puja in all parts of the country. Laxmi Puja is done in all parts of the countries and the rituals slightly differ with each other. So far, we haven’t known a customized vidhi (right way) to do Laxmi Puja and usually follow what our elders have been doing since ages and that may vary from region to region. Here I will elaborate the Puja Vidhi I have been following since I was a teenager.
There are few essential requirements for proceeding Laxmi Pujan and they are as under-
- Red cloth piece
- Idols of Ganesh & Laxmi Goddess
- Rice grains
- Beetel nut
- Beetal Leaves
- Mango Leaves
- Powder colors for rangoli
- Silver coins or silver/ gold ornaments
- Flowers & Garlands
- Puja Thali
- Large Earthen Diya
- Incense sticks/ Dhoop sticks
As you all are aware Diwali marks the renovation of a house by cleaning it thoroughly. Since Goddess Laxmi is worshiped during this day the ladies of the house mainly perform this Puja with their Husbands. Everyone wears new clothes and ornaments to do the Laxmi Puja.
So first of all, a place near the Puja place or if there is a separate room for Puja is cleaned thoroughly. Now all the things mentioned above are kept at one place.
Now to start beginning the Puja the red cloth piece is spread on a wooden or metal chowki. A handful or rice is spread in a heap at the center. Now the Kalash is filled with 3/4th water and some drops of Ganga Jal and placed over the rice grains. Now Mango leaves in a set of 5 leaves together are place at the mouth of kalash.
A large earthen diya is taken and filled with mustard oil along with a diya. Lit it and place it over the mouth of the kalash.
Now the Idols of Laxmi & Ganesh ji is taken and placed beside the kalash. Usually, people keep silver idols of Ganesh & Laxmi Ji at home so one needs to get it cleaned prior to Diwali occasion. Other than that there are many colorful idols available in the market which are earthen and are replaced with the existing ones every year.
Now take a large deep plate and place the idols of Laxmi & Ganesh ji one by one and given them a bath with a mix of curd, honey, gangajal, unpasteurized milk, and clean water. If you don’t follow this simply sprinkle this water on both the idols of the deities with a flower.
Usually I have seen my mom making a rangoli around the chowki with haldi. Some people make it of colors while some use rice grains to make a colored rangoli.
Afterwards place the idols beside the Kalash and start the decoration by clothes, mukut & garlands. After that sprinkle some fragrance or Itra on the idols.
Also place the beetel nuts and leaves in front of both the idols. Place new silver coins and ornaments which were purchased on Dhanteras. You can also put account books if you have a business related occupation.
Offer some sweets in a separate plate and light some incesnse sticks and dhoop sticks too. Now with kumkum & rice put a tika on Ganesh ji first and then on Laxmi Goddess followed by everything like the kalash, beetel nut, silver coins, account books.
Offer lotus flowers to Goddess Laxmi as she is known to have a seat on the lotus flower bed. Afterwards you can proceed to recite the holy mantras and offer you prayers to Goddess Laxmi to seek her blessings on you and your loved ones.
Usually the earthen diyas should be lit during this time and placed in each corner of the house and the important places like the Holy Tulsi plant. The diya on the kalash is meant to be lit for the whole night of Diwali.
Finish the Puja with a hawan which can be skipped if you don’t know how to do it. You can also finish by doing the Laxmi Aarti at last.
Well, there is no hard and fast rule for Laxmi Puja and whatever you can easily manage is acceptable, given the fact that you have full faith in the Holy Goddess whom you are worshiping.
After the puja is over, younger seek blessings from their elders on this day and exchange gifts with each other.
I have few other things too which is now different at my in laws place but like I said there is no universal rule or method for Laxmi Puja. This being the most simplest traditional method.
I hope you like this Puja method.
Do share your rituals and traditions too!
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