Preforming poojas on the Akshaya Tritiya day is one of the most holy things you can do. Any act of benevolence, charity or spirituality will be blessed with tenfold of benefits. People of the Hindu community believe that everything they do is a form of energy.
The energy you create while doing something is thrown into the collective consciousness of the universe. This is known as 'Karma'. Karma can be both good and bad. When you perform a good Karma, the universe sends you good vibes. If you do bad, you will have bad things happening in your life.
Performing poojas creates positive energy around you and they will attract more positivity that will help you gain what you've wished for. But on the Akshaya Tritiya day, anything you do will give you tenfold result.
Therefore, it is considered to be the best day to perform spiritual acts such as poojas, havans and yagnyas. One of the most important poojas performed on the Akshaya Tritiya day is the Lakshmi Narayana pooja.
Lakshmi Narayana pooja is done to attract good luck, prosperity and happiness. This pooja helps to invite love into the family. It offers protection to the family members and creates a peaceful atmosphere at home and at the place of work.
The auspicious pooja brings abundance of wealth in the home. It helps strengthen the bond between the husband and wife. Devotion and spirituality see a rise after this pooja is performed in the house.
It is said that the house where Lakshmi Narayana pooja is done receives the grace and blessings of Lord Maha Vishnu and Goddess Maha Lakshmi. Such a household will never encounter financial crisis or other obstacles.
Things required to perform a simple Lakshmi Narayana Pooja:
- Idols of Lakshmi and Narayana
- Copper Pot
- Copper plate
- A pot of water
- Lamp with oil and wick
- Incense sticks
- Clothes to be offered to the idols
- Ornaments of any kind to be offered to the idols
- Tulsi leaves
- Sesame seeds
- Janeu (sacred thread to be worn)
- Sweets, dry fruits, milk, coconut, panchamrit, flowers, etc., to be offered as prasad
Taking The Vow Or 'Sankalp'
When performing a pooja to gain some kind of result, it is always important to take a vow or 'sankalp'. If you are performing the pooja without any desires or in other words, if your pooja is 'Nishkaam', you may proceed with the pooja without taking the sankalp.
To take the vow, take rice water and flowers in your right hand. Loudly recite the day, month and year that the pooja is being conducted on. Next, say the place where the pooja is taking place. Now say your name and the reason behind conducting the pooja. When done, let the water in your hand flow down to earth.
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No matter which place you are worshipping the pooja at, Lord Ganesha is to be worshipped first.
You may choose to keep an idol of Lord Ganesha or just imagine him as being around. If you have an idol, bathe the idol and offer Lord Ganesha new and fresh clothes. Now, worship him using flowers, akshatha (raw rice that usually has turmeric mixed into it) and incense sticks. Light a lamp and break a coconut. Pray to Lord Ganesha to remove all obstacles in performing the pooja. Also, ask for help in completing the pooja successfully.
Lakshmi Narayana Pooja
The idols of Lakshmi and Narayana must be bathed first. Use panchamrit first and then water to cleanse the Idols. Now, offer Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Narayana fresh clothes. Decorate the idols with ornaments and flower garlands. Offer them sweet smelling perfumes. Use vermilion to adorn their foreheads with a tilak.
Now, light a lamp with complete devotion and offer Lord Narayana and Goddess Lakshmi incense sticks. Now offer them flowers. Make sure that the lamps are lit with ghee or fresh oil. Use the lamp to perform the aarti to the idols. After the aarti, circumambulate the idols three times. Now, you may offer the items for prasad to the God and Goddess.
Chant 'Om Namo Narayana' while using ashtagandha to put tilak on Lord Narayana's forehead.
Chant 'Om Lakshmi Namah' and use vermilion to put tilak on to the Goddess Lakshmi's forehead.
Keep chanting the Lakshmi-Narayana Mantra throughout the pooja.
The Lakshmi Narayana Mantra is as follows:
'Om Lakshminarayanabhyam Namah'
After the pooja is done, thank Lord Narayana and Goddess Lakshmi for accepting your worship. Apologise for any kind of mistakes you may have committed; be it of the mind or the body, known or unknown.