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Lakshmi Pooja

Lakshmi Pooja

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How to do Laskhmi pooja
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LAKSHMI POOJA
 
Lakshmi Puja is the occasion to worship the Goddess Lakshmi,who is believed to shower her blessings for the better wealth, isperformed often in the houses of Hindu people in India. Further,Lakshmi Puja is the main event of the festival Diwali (or Deepavali) inNorth and West India. Although Diwali is celebrated all over India,Lakshmi Puja is the chief event of north and western states of India,on this festival day.
 
Lakshmi Puja is celebrated on the dark night of Amavasya. It isbelieved that on this day Lakshmi walks through the green fields andloiters through the bye-lanes and showers her blessings on man for plenty and prosperity.
 
Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped in her three forms:
 
 
* Mahalakshmi - the Goddess of wealth and money
 
* Mahasaraswati - the Goddess of Wisdom
 
* Mahakali - Kuber the treasurer of the Gods
Methods to perform Lakshmi Puja 
* As it is believed that Goddess Lakshmi likes cleanliness, on the day of Lakshmi Puja in the house, extreme hygiene of the house is advised (It isbelieved that Goddess Lakshmi will visit the cleanest house first).
* Lamps are lit in the evening to welcome the Goddess (this isbecause of the reason that lights on the path will show Her path).
 
* Lord Ganesh is worshiped at the beginning of every auspiciousof Hindu festivals and Lakshmi puja also starts with Ganapathi puja.
 
* Place a handful of grains in the centre of the puja place (araised Dias - such as a table), on this, place a kalash, lotta (pitcher).Fill three-fourth of the kalash with water and place a betel nut, aflower, a coin, and some rice grains in it. Arrange five kinds of leavesor mango leaves in the kalash .
 
* Place a small dish on the kalash and fill it with rice grains. Drawa lotus with turmeric powder (haldi) over the rice grains and place theidol of goddess Lakshmi over it, along with coins.
 
* In front of the kalash, on the right (South-West direction), placethe idol of Ganesha. Also place pens, books related to your businessor occupation on the platform.
 
* Light a deepak (lamp) and the Agarbatti (incense sticks) beginthe puja by offering haldi, kumkum, and flowers to the platform onwhich the kalash is placed. Spray this water on all puja utensils topurify them. Make a Panchamitra with the ingredients of milk, curd,ghee(clarified butter), sugar & Honey.
 
* Start with Ganesh Pujan (Ganeshji are a must for Diwali pujan.Ganeshji should be worshipped in all pujas before any other god or goddess. He is the Lord of Wisdom and the remover of obstacles.) byreciting Ganesh Mantras and Ganesh aarti. Offer a garland to thegod. Offer flowers and make an offering of sweets, coconut and fruits.Now invoke goddess Laxmi by reciting the Laxmi mantras.Then offer the flowers to the idol.
 
* Place the idol of Lakshmi in a plate and bathe it with water,panchamrit and then with water containing some gold ornament or a
 
pearl. Wipe the idol clean and place it back on the kalash .Alternately, you can just sprinkle water and panchamrit on the idolwith a flower. Offer sandal paste, haldi, kumkum, to the goddess.Offer a garland to the goddess. Offer flowers and make an offering of sweets, coconut and fruits.
 
* Offer sweets and other Prashad to the Goddess, madeespecially for the Lakshmi Puja occasion. These sweets and Prashadmust be distributed to the near and dears paying to shower Her blessing to everyone of them.
Lakshmi Pooja And Meditation Society
 Om Maha Lakshmiye Namaha
 
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THYANA?
 
The raised eyelid is dropped.
 
The jaw is released and the lips are parted.
 
The "I" consciousness is pushed out.
 
Even the breath is forgotten. The rise and fall of the belly is alsoforgotten.
 
The mind becomes blank with no thought flow.
 
Now even the body consciousness is not present. The whole bodyis asleep.
 
At this stage there prevails a beautiful emptiness, The more youkeep yourself empty like a vacuum, the more and more the VitalMagnetic Energy will fill this vacuum. This is similar to deep sleepwhen Nature deposits a lot of energy in us.
Mantras To Chant:
 
For Success and Protection
aum aaam hreem hroum yogi parameswariye v aa

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