Diwali or Deepavali is one of the most joyous and celebrated occasions in the calendar that the Hindu community follows. There are many things that make the occasion special; the gathering of friends and family, the exchange of gifts and love and the light and the colours.
But the festival of Diwali is most cherished for the spiritual side of it. It is a time of homecoming and thanksgiving. People pay their respects to the gods for a prosperous and happy year till now and wish for the good tidings to stay with them.
The festival of Diwali is celebrated over five days. It starts with Dhanteras and ends with Bhai Dooj. This year Dhanteras falls on 17th October. This is followed by the Choti Diwali on the 18th of October. Diwali is to be celebrated on 19th of October. Govardhan Pooja is done on the 20th October. The last day of Bhai Dooj is on 21st of October this year.
Lakshmi Pooja forms an important part of the Diwali festivities. Therefore, it is important to know what Lakshmi Pooja samagri are to be used on that day. It may not be possible to organise everything on that day, especially if you are new to this or if this is the first time you have to host the pooja yourself. It is to help such readers that we bring to you a concise list of things you need for Lakshmi Pooja.
Things You Need To Prepare The Thali For Lakshmi Pooja
- A lamp
- A bell
- Incense sticks
- Sandalwood paste or vermillion
It is to be noted that these things are the very basic things that need to be added to the thali. There are many other things that can be added but we are looking at a simple thali. There are elaborate thalis that are prepared and offered to near and dear ones as gifts. People also sell these in the belief that it will help their business flourish.
How To Prepare The Thali
- Choose a thali that is round in shape.
- Draw a swastika sign in the centre of the plate using sandalwood paste or vermillion.
- Place a lamp in the centre.
- Place incense sticks and the bell.
- Place the shankha on the plate.
- You may fill the empty spaces with flowers, preferably hibiscus and make the thali look pretty.
Things Needed For The Lakshmi Pooja
- Silver coins inscribed with Om. (or gold coins)
- Things that are made out of clay-dhoop dani (incense holder), deepak (earthen lamps) and kajlota (clay pot used to make kaajal)
- Wax lamps
- Pooja thali
- Raw milk
- Roli chawal
- Photos and idols of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha
- A bright silk cloth
- Incense sticks
- Lotus flowers
- A kalash with water
- A thali to perform the aarti
Things To Note
- The first thing you need for the pooja is a few coins. These are usually made of silver though gold coins are used too. There are people who choose to use one kind of coin on Choti Diwali and the other on Badi Diwali. The number of the coins used should be 11, 21, 31 or 101.
- The number of diyas to be placed on the thalis for the pooja should be 21 or 31.
- Wax deepaks can be used to decorate the house.
- Use a large thali to contain all the diyas. A smaller thali can be used to hold the coins.
- Divide the quantity of roli, chawal and raw milk into two. One part is to be kept aside for the pooja and the other is to be set aside for applying tilak to the participants of the pooja.
- The photos of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha can be used on Choti Diwali. The idols are to be used on the Dhanteras day.
- The silk cloth should be bright in colour. This is to be used with the thali of coins and is also used at the pooja area.
- The morning of Diwali can be used to organise and arrange the things for the pooja. The pooja should be held in the evening. The bursting of crackers, socialising and the general merriment of the Diwali festivities are done thereafter.