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Lakshmi Pooja is a Hindu religious festival that falls on the Purnima (full moon day) of Shukla Paksha (Light fortnight) in the Hindu calendar month of Ashwin, the third day of Tihar or Diwali. Lakshmi Puja is the worship of the goddess of wealth. On this day, most Indians and many businessmen to begin a new ledger of profit and loss, for the upcoming New Year by invoking her blessings for peace, wealth and prosperity. Lakshmi Pooja consists of a combined Pooja of five deities, including Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi in three forms – Mahalakshmi, the goddess of wealth, Maha Saraswati the goddess of learning, and Maha Kalii. Kubera , the treasurer in heaven is also worshipped.
Lakshmi Pooja is performed to appease Goddess Lakshmi and thank her for the blessings received. On the auspicious day of Diwali, Lakshmi the goddess of wealth and Vishnu's wife, bestows gifts and blessings upon her devotees. Devotees welcome the Goddess by cleaning up their houses, beautifying them with finery and lights, and making sweet treats and delicacies as offerings. Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped for promotion, success and personal virtues. Pooja is performed for prosperity, material abundance, spiritual knowledge and to remove troubles. Goddess Lakshmi is revered on the day of Diwali with religious rituals and ceremonies especially devoted to her.
Lakshmi emerged when the celestial milky ocean was churned by the Gods and Demons. Lakshmi chose Lord Vishnu as her consort and Vishnu carried Lakshmi from the ocean into His abode Vaikunth. Goddess Lakshmi is regarded to be the epitome of beauty endowed with a golden complexion. Seen either sitting or standing on a lotus and holding a lotus flower in her hand, she signifies beauty, purity,and fertility.Every time Vishnu descends on earth as an avatar, He is accompanied by an avatar of Lakshmi. She was incarnated as Goddess Sita when Lord Vishnu appeared as Lord Rama and was incarnated as Rukmini when Lord Vishnu appeared as Lord Krishna. Importantly, when she was incarnated as Goddess Padma, Lord Vishnu appeared in the form of Lord Vamana.
On the day of Lakshmi Pooja, people purchase gold and silver, gemstones, new copper, brass and bronze utensils as a sign of good luck, prosperity, money and wealth. Wearing new clothes also signifies casting off the old and ushering in the new. People also clean up their houses in a gesture to attract Goddess Lakshmi. Decorating the house with candles and lamps and bursting of firecrackers are gestures which are said to welcome and propitiate the Goddess.
The sacred scriptures prescribe fire ceremony, Abishekam (hydration ceremony), Pooja/Archana (Light and Sound ceremony), Yantra and Mantra (special sounds) as the ways to offer your prayer to the divine. Out of these, fire ceremony is the most evolved spiritual technology on earth to connect with the divine beings. Participate in the remedial services to clear your karma and receive the blessings.