Diwali, one of India’s biggest festivals, is just around the corner, and people can’t wait to celebrate it. Traditionally known as Deepawali (meaning a row of lamps), Diwali is observed on the New Moon day in the month of Kartik (Amavasya Tithi).
And in the evening, people pay tributes to Devi Lakshmi (also spelt as Laxmi), the Goddess of wealth, by performing puja. This year, Badi Diwali or Lakshmi pujan will be celebrated tomorrow. Ahead of the festival, check out the Lakshmi puja timings in different cities and read on to know the Lakshmi puja vidhi.
Puja Vidhi and Rituals of Lakshmi Puja
For Lakshmi puja on Diwali, most Hindu households adorn their homes and workplace with marigold flowers and ashoka, mango, and banana leaves. It is considered auspicious to have Mangalik Kalash topped with unpeeled coconut on both sides of the home’s main doors. Most pujas are traditionally conducted after a day of fasting. As a reason, on the day of Lakshmi puja, devotees hold a day-long fast. After Lakshmi Puja in the evening, the fast is broken.
Singhada, pomegranate, and quince are presented to Goddess Lakshmi during Diwali. During the pooja, Sitaphal is also placed. Sugarcane is also kept at the Puja Sthan. Water chestnuts are said to be Maa Lakshmi’s favorite. As bhog, Goddess Lakshmi receives kesarbhaat, kheer, and halwa.
Lakshmi Puja Muhurta And Timings
On Deepavali, Lakshmi Puja should be performed during Pradosh Kaal, which begins after sunset and lasts roughly 2 hours and 24 minutes. During Pradosh Kaal, when Sthir Lagna reigns, is the finest time for Lakshmi Puja. Sthir implies “fixed,” as in “not movable.” Lakshmiji will dwell in your home if Lakshmi Puja is performed during Sthir Lagna.
• Amavasya Tithi begins on November 4, 2021, at 06:03 a.m.
• Amavasya Tithi will end on November 5, 2021, at 02:44 a.m.
• Muhurat for Lakshmi Puja – 06:09 PM to 08:04 PM
• Duration: 1 hour and 56 minutes
• Pradosh Kaal – from 05:34 to 08:10 p.m.