Why It’s Important To Take Part In Laxmi Pooja
Lakshmi Pooja, also known as Laxmi Puja, is an ancient Hindu religious ritual which falls on the auspicious occasion of Amavasya and is considered to be the main celebratory day of Tihar. The festival has been celebrated since ancient times in Nepal.
The devotees dress in vibrant colors and enjoy a grand parade that follows the path of the deities that are usually carried on chariots through the streets. Lord Ganesha and Vishnu Puja is another major puja which is observed with Laxmi Puja on the day of Tihar. There is also Laxmi Puja, which is celebrated in many parts of India.
The origin of Laxmi Pooj dates back to the time of the Indus Valley Civilization, when it was celebrated as a very auspicious occasion. It has several other names such as ‘Laxmi Poojan ‘Deepawali puja’ depending upon the region of Nepal and India.
The worship of the goddesses was very much prevalent and it had some strong cultural significance too. According to the sacred texts, the goddesses were revered as the divine beings and their worship was considered quite important. In fact, many myths and legends have been related with the goddesses of Laxmi, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity.
On the day of Laxmi Pooja the devotee is supposed to go in procession and participate in the Laxmi Puja parade in order to receive the blessings of the goddesses. They also have to wear beautiful outfits to attract the blessings of the goddesses.
These outfits include a lehenga or a choli and sari. The most significant aspect of Laxmi Pooja is the ceremony that follows, which includes the performance of the ‘Deusi Bhailo’ or the ‘singing folk songs’.
There are various other rituals that are followed by the devotee after the immersion in the holy day. On arrival in the house of the god of his choice, he is expected to bathe in it and offer her food and gifts. Gifts and offerings are also sent to the deities of his choice.
On completion of the entire Laxmi Pooja ceremony he gets to become a part of the cosmic cycle of life. There is an inner sense of peace which prevails throughout the day which is the ultimate reward for the devoted devotee.
In some cases a number of prayers are chanted over the Mantra to make the devotee’s mind light and sound clear. In order to achieve this, the devotee should remember to keep all his senses and thoughts focussed on Goddess. This helps in gaining deep peace in the mind and soul and helps in attaining true serenity and joy in life.