Goddess Lakshmi is the Supreme Mother Earth. The greenery, abundance and prosperity is due to Her presence. Any household or premise that exudes a positive vibration, we in general exclaim about that place - "This is the place where Goddess Lakshmi stays. Hence this place has such warm vibrations."
Goddess Lakshmi too will stay with us forever if only we continue to shower Her with our love, affection and good deeds. We need to give the Supreme Mother a special place in our heart and home. There are many things that are to be practiced to attract and please Her.
True, a festival is awaited eagerly by the young and the old and brings a smile on our face while the house brims over with laughter, colour and good aroma wafting from the kitchen. This warmth is what Goddess Lakshmi yearns for.
Here are certain things that can please the Goddess and which we may adapt in our lives to please the Divine Mother.
Significance Of Praying To Lord Vishnu During Lakshmi Pooja
Goddess Lakshmi and Maha Vishnu are inseparable. The Goddess feels happy and blesses mortals when Her consort is also worshipped and accorded a place of worship in the houses that celebrate Varamahalakshmi.
Hence start with a prayer invoking Lord Narayana or Mahavishnu.
Grow The Tulsi Plant
Take care of the Tulsi plant as if it were your child. It is believed that Tulsi is the wealth of a house and the holy leaves are adorned as a garland by Mahavishnu lovingly since in the Holy Tulsi resides Mahalakshmi.
Pray to the Tulsi plant and offer the holy plant the Pooja offerings you would give to Varamahalakshmi. In some households it is a practice to keep a pot of Tulsi in the pooja room next to the idol of Mahavishnu.
Use Of Gobar Or Cow Dung And Decorating The Threshold
It is believed that in gobar resides Lakshmi. Smear the outside of your homes with gobar and lay beautiful and colourful rangolis. Gobar or cow dung is said to attract positive vibrations. Decorate your threshold with fresh mango leaves. They are considered to be very auspicious.
Feed Cows And Calves
The sacred cow is much revered in India and more so during festivals. Our very existence is due to the sacred cow. Her milk is used in abhishekams or holy bath of the Goddess and the preparation of the prasad or niyvedhiyam. Lord Krishna loved the cows and hence it is but natural that Goddess Mahalakshmi too will like cows.
Hence, feed the cows with fresh grass, bananas and jaggery. It is believed that more than a thousand Gods reside in the cow and Mahalakshmi is the most prominent of all.
The Lotus Flower
The lotus flower is the seat of the Goddess. It has special significance for its ability to retain purity even if it grows in marshes. The Goddess too expects Her devotees to continue fulfilling their commitments while treading the path of spirituality and good faith. A fresh lotus flower for the pooja is a must.
Blowing The Shank Or Conch-shell
Blow the shank to attract positive vibrations. It is believed that when the shank is blown, the sound of OM vibrates and fills the air. The OM is none other than Lord Mahavishnu himself. The Goddess is filled with joy and happiness that Her beloved is welcomed and revered and so in such a household She continues to reside.
Recite The Sri Sukta
Goddess Lakshmi represents Narayana and His grandeur. This is mush explicit in the state of Rama when He is separated from Sita. He loses His inner glow. His grandeur is lost in the separation.
Reciting the Sri Sukta is considered auspicious and the sound of the sloka reverberates in the air redeeming us of our worldly desires and at the same time protects us from greed, malice and hatred. It is a revered prayer in which the divinity, grace and radiance of Goddess Mahalakshmi is described.
Recite Lakshmi Gayathri
ॐ श्री महालक्ष्म्यै च विद्महे विष्णु पत्न्यै च धीमहि तन्नो लक्ष्मी प्रचोदयात् ॐ॥
Om Shree Mahalakshmyai Cha Vidmahe Vishnu Patnyai Cha Dheemahi
Tanno Lakshmi Prachodayat Om॥
While chanting this sacred mantra, take care to finish your ablutions, fill your heart with peace, love and devotion and recite the above Lakshmi Gayathri mantra 108 times. It is believed this is the most powerful of all mantras. It helps to alleviate one from poverty and maintain a healthy mind, body and soul. The chanting of this mantra invokes the Mother to come immediately and shower Her blessings.