How to do Goddess Laxmi Puja on Diwali
The auspicious time of Deepawali is approaching. Everyone wishes to have a sufficient amount of money in order to effectively fulfill the dreams of their families. The sadhana to be performed on the day of Diwali is a boon giver in today’s era. When all the doors are closed, one has to take refuge in the unparalleled divine energy of Goddess Lakshmi. If you make genuine efforts then there is nothing which you cannot achieve! Hence, to get the grace of Goddess Lakshmi, one must perform the mentioned Puja/Archana with concentration and sincerity. This would certainly give you miraculous results.
Laxmi pooja should be performed during the Pradosha kaala which begins after sunset and stays until approximately 1 hour 29 minutes. In some stotras, Mahanisheetha kaala is prescribed for the Lakshmi puja. As per the scriptures, Mahanisheeth Kaal is a favorable time for tantrics and pundits who are well versed in the subject. For common people, Pradosha kaala muhurta is most favorable along with a Sthira lagna. Worshiping the goddess of wealth and prosperity, Mother Lakshmi along with god of intelligence and remover of obstacles, Lord Ganesha would ensure the stability of wisdom and wealth. Let us now see how to perform Lakshmi Ganesha worship during Deepawali.
Materials needed for Lakshmi Puja
Roli, rice, fruits, flowers, garland, sweets, incense, perfume, wooden plank, red cloth (to be laid on the plank), ghee, lamp, incense sticks, lotus flower, silver coin or some currency.
Procedure for Sri Lakshmi Puja
First, meditate on Lord Ganesha and perform invocation and puja. Dhyana mantra: Vakratunda mahākāya sūryakotisamaprabha | nirvighnam kurū me deva sarvakāyeshu sarvada ||
Sip the water three times with the below-mentioned mantra.
Mantra- Om keshavaya namah, Om narayanaya namah, Om madhavaya namah.
And wash your hands while saying hrishikeshaya namah.
Mantra for invoking the asana: Om prithvi tvaya dhrita loka devi tvam vishnuna dhrita| tvam cha dharaya mam devi pavitram kuru chasanam||
Mantra for sanctification: Om apavitrah pavitro va sarvavasthangato’pi va| yah smaretpundarikakshantadbahyabhyantaram shuchi ||
Mantra for applying Sandalwood paste: Om aditya vasavo rudra vishvedeva marudganah| tilakam te prayachchhantu dharmakamarthasiddhaye||
Mantra for Raksha thread: (to be tied on right hand for men and left hand for women)
Mantra: Om yenabaddhobali raja danavendro mahabalah| tenatvamanubadhnami rakshe machala machala ||
Mantra for igniting the lamp: Om jyotistvam devi lokanam tamaso harini tvaya| panthah buddhishcha dyotetam mamaitau tamasavritau||
Procedure for Sankalpa: Om vishnurvishnurvishnuh, Om namah paramatmane, shripuranapurushottamasya shrivishnorajnaya pravartamanasyadya shribrahmano dvitiyaparadrdhe shrishvetavarahakalpe vaivasvatamanvantare- ‘shtavinshatitame kaliyuge prathamacharane jambudvipe bharatavarshe ………………..shrutisnritipuranoktaphalapraptikamah amukagotrotpannah amukasharma aham mamatmanah saputrastribandhavasya shriganeshalakshminugrahato……………….. . One should take the sankalpa with purity for performing puja in accordance with the scriptures by chanting above mantras.
Shree Ganesha mantra: Om vakratunda mahakaya suryakotisamaprabha| nirvidhnam kuru me deva sarvakayeshu sarvada||
Rules for Kalasha sthapana: For puja one should use kalashas made of gold, silver, or copper. If one is not capable then he can use kalasha made of clay also. It should be properly made red earthen pots with good shape and must not contain any deformities. Kalasha should be thoroughly washed and filled with purified water or river water. Make a base in the puja place with clay/mud and plant wheat or barley. Transfer the kalasha to this base made of clay while uttering mantras. Kalasha should be well clad with perfumed items, clothes, and five leaves. Then add flowers, turmeric, rice grains to the pot. Place a vessel filled with rice grains on the top of the pot and place a coconut above it. Invoke all the sacred waters in the water of the kalasha.
Mantra for invocation: Om kalashasya mukhe vishnuh kanthe rudrah samashritah| mule tvasya sthito brahma madhye matriganah snritah||
gange cha yamune chaiva godavari sarasvati | narmade sindhu kaveri jale’smin sannidhim kuru ||
The procedure for Sodashopachara puja:
(1) Asana (flowers etc):
Om anekaratna-sanyuktam nanamanisamanvitam| katrtasvaramayam divyamasanam pratigrihyatam||
(2) Padya (for washing feet):
Om tirthodakam nirmala’cha sarvasaugandhyasanyutam| padaprakshalanarthaya dattam te pratigrihyatam||
(3) Aghrya (water with scent, flowers):
Om gandha-pushpakshatairyuktam adhryansammapaditam maya| grihnatvetatprasadena anugrihnatunirbharam||
(4) Achamana (scented drinking water)
Om karpurena sugandhena vasitam svadu shitalam| toyamachamanayedam piyushasadrisham piba||
(5) Snanam (water mixed with sandalwood)
Om mandakinyah samanitaih karpuragaruvasitaih| payobhirnirmalairebhihdivyahkayo hi shodhyatam||
(6) Vastra (dhoti etc):
Om sarvabhushadhike saunye lokalajjanivarane| maya sampadite tubhyam grihyetam vasasi shubhe||
(7) Abhushana (ornaments):
Om alankaran mahadivyan nanaratnairvinirmitan| dharayaitan svakiye’smin sharire divyatejasi||
(8) Gandha (Sandalwood etc):
Om shrikaram chandanam divyam gandhadhyam sumanoharam| vapushe suphalam hyetat shitalam pratigrihyatam||
(9) Pushpa (Flowers):
Om malyadini sugandhini malatyadini bhakttitah| maya”hritani pushpani padayorarpitani te||
(10) Dhupa (Incense):
Om vanaspatirasodbhutah sugandhih ghranatarpanah| sarvairdevaih shlaghito’yam sudhupah pratigrihyatam||
(11) Deepa (Lamp):
Om sajyah suvartisanyukto vahnina dyotito maya| grihyatam dipakohyesha trailokya-timirapahah||
(12) Naivedya (Food items):
Om sharkarakhandakhadyani dadhi-kshira ghritani cha| rasanakarshananyetat naivedyam pratigrihyatam||
(13) Achamana (Water):
Om gangajalam samanitam suvarnakalashasthitam| susvadu pavanam hyetadachama mukha-shuddhaye||
(14) Dakshinayukta tambula (Dakshina and betel leaf):
Om lavangailadi-sanyuktam tambulam dakshinam tatha| patra-pushpasvarupam hi grihananugrihana mam||
(15) Arati (With lamp):
Om chandradityau cha dharani vidyudagnistathaiva cha| tvameva sarva-jyotinshi artikyam pratigrihyatam||
Om yani kani cha papani janmantara-kritani cha| pradakshinayah nashyantu sarvaniha pade pade||
One should do one parikrama each for Lord Ganesha and Lakshmi. If there is no place for parikrama, one can stand on the asana and turn to the right hand side and offer prostrations.
Prayer for forgiveness:
Om avahanam na janami na janami visarjanam| pujam chaiva na janami bhakta esha hi kshanyatam|| anyatha sharanam nasti tvameva sharanam mama| tasmatkarunyabhavena bhakto’yamarhati kshamam|| mantrahinam kriyahinam bhaktihinam tathaiva cha| yatpujitam maya hyatra paripurna tadastu me||
Om sarve bhavantu sukhinah sarve santu niramayah| sarve bhadrani pashyantu ma kashchid duhkha-bhagbhavet ||
(Let all be happy, healthy and may there always be the welfare of everyone, always. May no one should ever suffer.)
Hearty Deepawali wishes to every one of you. May Goddess Lakshmi’s blessing always be upon you. HAPPY DEEPAWALI