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Diwali, the 'festival of lights’, is celebrated to commemorate the return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile after killing the demonic king Ravana. The most vigorously celebrated festival of India, Diwali sets the entire country sparkling with lights. Every year the festival falls on Amavasya of the Kartika month. The date according to Gregorian calendar falls some time around Mid-October to November. This year it will be observed on 7 November, 2018.
Among the events that take place on this day, Lakshmi Puja is the most significant one. It is said that Goddess Lakshmi was born a day before Diwali, the Dhanteras day. Diwali is observed for the celebration of the birth of the Goddess. Here we explore more as to what is the significance of Lakshmi Puja during Diwali.
Significance Of Lakshmi Puja During Diwali
Devi Lakshmi is the consort of Lord Vishnu and is often depicted as seated on a lotus flower, holding a lotus in one hand and showering wealth from the other. The Goddess has eight forms and is known as Ashtalakshmi. Adorned with beautiful gold ornaments, Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped for prosperity and progress.
The significance of Lakshmi Puja in Diwali is not limited to material gains only but also for the spiritual growth of one’s mind and body. The deity who is a symbol of all worldly and materialistic luxuries is also a symbol of patience and detachment from desires. The lesson here is to aspire for attachment with the supreme being, God. Following are some more things that explain the importance of Laksmi Puja during Diwali.
1. She Bestows Stability Of Wealth
As mentioned before, Goddess Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth and prosperity. Acquiring the wealth is not all, but one also needs the skills to manage the wealth well. It is the stability of wealth which makes one prosperous. Goddess Mahalakshmi is the one who can bestow all such blessings on us.
2. She Helps Achieve Success
The name of the great goddess 'Lakshmi' has been derived from the word 'Lakshme' which in Sanskrit means goal. Lakshmi Puja is also done for the successful attainment of one's desired goals and ambitions.
3. She Bestows Mental Strength
Maa Adi Lakshmi gives us the mental strength and a calm mind to be able to handle even the worst of situations. She is the one who instills the realisation of being a part of the greater being and lets us get rid of all the fears and insecurities.
4. She Gives Both Material Wealth And Food
Dhan Lakshmi gives us the material wealth and Dhanya Lakshmi provides us with food, without which we will cease to exist. These two aspects of Mahalakshmi come to us for a healthy living.
5. She Bestows With Various Skills
Vidya Lakshmi bestows us with the skills, talents, knowledge and wisdom to help us take our steps forward and grow, be it spiritually or materially.
6. She Is The Giver Of Patience And Courage
Dhairya Lakshmi imbibes us with patience and the courage to keep persevering towards our aims, guiding us through our efforts and it is Vijay Lakshmi who leads us to our final victory and destination.
7. She Provides Inspiration
Sanatan Lakshmi is unveiled in the form of creativity and progeny. All those who are bestowed with her blessings are filled with imagination, creativity, vision and inspiration.
8. She Is The Giver Of Fortune
Finally, Bhagya Lakshmi comes to us in the form of good fortune and destiny to grant us all the necessities of life for us and our families. Lakshmi Puja during Diwali is of utmost importance to attain growth in all aspects of life.
Worshipping Mahalakshmi on Diwali gets us the blessings of all these forms of the Goddess, thus helping us make life better and more prosperous.