How to do Lakshmi Puja on this Diwali

Goddess Lakshmi is one of the prime deities in Hinduism. She is highly revered in Hinduism as the Goddess of wealth and prosperity. People often pray to Her to bless them with riches and to keep their wealth safe.  

About Lakshmi Puja

Lakshmi Pujan is one of the most auspicious festivals that falls on the third day of Diwali on the new moon day (Amavasya) in the month of Ashwin of the Krishna Paksha. As per legend, Maa Lakshmi, the goddess visits her worshippers on the eve of Lakshmi Puja and blesses them abundantly with happiness, peace, riches and harmonious married life.  Before the festival of Lakshmi Pujan devotees clean their house and decorate it beautifully and prepare festive sweet and spicy delicacies. 

On the eve of Lakshmi Puja, devotees keep the doors and windows of their house open to invite Goddess Lakshmi to their abode and to get blessed by Her. They light ghee or oil diyas outside the main door, on the window panes, hang a lantern and also draw rangoli at the main entrance of the door.    

Lakshmi Puja Samagri

  • Goddess Lakshmi idol    
  • Lord Ganesh idol
  • Gold or silver coin 
  • Incense (dhupa)
  • Kalash
  • Sesame oil
  • Ghee
  • Milk
  • Curd
  • Honey 
  • Water
  • Cotton wicks
  • Pen
  • Ink Pot with black ink
  • Panchamrit
  • Sandalwood paste
  • Chandan
  • Kumkum
  • Haldi
  • Mouli
  • Roli
  • Akshat (unbroken rice grain)
  • Handkerchief or a clean cloth
  • Fresh flowers
  • Garland
  • Cash box, ledger book, Purse or account books
  • Fruits
  • Cardamom
  • Cloves
  • Dry Fruits
  • Nutmeg
  • Camphor
  • Saffron
  • Vermillion
  • Camphor
  • Matchbox
  • Chouki (small wooden stool)
  • Three plates (Metal)
  • 2 meters White cloth and 2 meters Red cloth 

Lakshmi Puja Vidhi

On the day of Lakshmi Puja, cleanse your body by taking a shower and wear new clothes. The one conducting the Puja must be seated facing East.

Kalash Puja

Fill the Kalash with fresh water, put five mango leaves in the Kalash and cover it with a lid. Put a heap of rice grains on the lid and now place ghee filled earthen diya on top of it. The rice gain lid represents the Moon and the ghee diya emanating light represents the Sun and the union of both represent the powerful Mahalakshmi. 

Light 10 ghee diyas, Place a big diya on your right-hand side for arti. Place another diya on the aarti plate on top of a handful of rice next to the Ganesh idol. 

On the chowki (lower platform stool) which is placed below the platform on which the deity idols and big diyas are placed. Now fill the remaining eight diyas with ghee and place cotton wicks in them. Place these ghee diyas on a hand full of rice each in a semi-circle around the Kalash facing towards you.

Now perform Sodasamatrka Puja (Worship of the Sixteen Mothers)

  • On a platform spread a clean red cloth and pour 16 handfuls of rice heaps close to each other with a Nutmeg on top of each rice heap. The sixteen heaps of rice along with the nutmeg represent the 16 divine mothers. Prayer over them by bowing your head and offering rice grains, flowers and fragrance (atar) in your hands and say:

Gouri Padma Sacimedha Savitri Vijaya Jaya Devasena Svadha

Svaha Mataro Lokamatarah Hrstih Pustistathatusti Atmanah-

Kuladevatah Ganese Nadhi Kapuj Yah Urdd Hou Pujyasca Soda Sah

Once this is done we begin with the detailed puja vidhi which includes all the 16 steps of the Shodashopachara Puja.

  1. Dhyana 

Be seated in front of the Lakshmi idol which is installed on the platform in a meditative pose and with a clear mind chant the following mantra:  

Ya Sa Padmasanastha Vipul-Kati-Tati Padma-Patrayatakshi,
Gambhirartav-Nabhih Stana-Bhara-Namita Shubhra-Vasttariya।
Ya Lakshmirdivya-Roopairmani-Gana-Khachitaih Svapita Hema-Kumbhaih,
Sa Nityam Padma-Hasta Mam Vasatu Grihe Sarva-Maangalya-Yukta॥

2. Aavahanam 

Once the Dhyan is completed join both palms and fold the thumbs inwards in the Aavahan Mudra and chant the following Mantra: 

Aagachchha Dev-Deveshi! Tejomayi Maha-Lakshmi!
Kriyamanam Maya Pujaam, Grihaan Sur-Vandite!

॥ Shri Lakshmi-Devi Aavahayami ॥

  1. Kalash Puja 

Fill the kalash with water. Offer sandalwood powder, flowers and tulsi to decorate it. Place a coconut on top of the vessel and place your palms over the top of it while chanting the following mantras:  

Kalashasya Mukhae Vishnuhu Kantae Rudrahasamaashritaha

Mulae Tatra Sthitho Brahma Madhyae Maatraganahasmritaha

Aum Aajighri Kalasham Mahyaatvaa-Vinshatvindavah

Punroojee-Nivartasya Saanah; Sahasramdhukshvoru-Dhaaraa

PAYASVATEE PUNARMAA VISHATAA-DRIYAH.

Aum Atra Ganesh Varuna Gaurya Aadi Kalshaa Dhishtitdevataasarve

Ihaagachchantu Iha Tishtantu Supreetaa Vardaa Bhavantu iti Kalash

Pratishtaa Sri Kalash Sthaapya Sri Kalash Devataa Srivaruna Devataaye Bhyo Namah.

  1. Avahana

Place the below-given ingredients on a betel leaf and put it inside the Kalash.

Red sandalwood powder, Panch Amritam, Sindoor, flowers, turmeric powder, Neem leaf, white sesame seeds, Tulsi leaves, Akshat, Holy thread (Roli), Dhan,  Durva grass, Cloves, Cardamom, silver coins, Betel nuts, Cotton, Grapes or Raisins.

3. Pushpanjali Asana 

Offer five fresh flowers to the idol of Lakshmi by joining palms of both hands in Anjali form and chant the mantra: 

Nana-Ratna-Samayuktam, Karta-Swar-Vibhushitam।
Aasanam Dev-Devesh! Preetyartham Prati-Grihyataam॥ 

॥ Shri Lakshmi-Devyai Aasanarthe Panch-Pushpani Samarpayami ॥

4. Swagat 

Once flowers are offered to Shri Bhagawati Lakshmi, welcome Her by chanting the following Mantra:

Shri Lakshmi-Devi! Swagatam ||

5. Padya 

Wash the feet of Goddess Lakshmi idol while chanting following Mantra:

Padyam Grihaan Deveshi, Sarva-Kshema-Samarthe, Bhoh!
Bhaktya Samarpitam Devi, Maha-Lakshmi! Namoastu Te॥ 

॥ Shri Lakshmi-Devyai Padyam Namah ॥

6. Arghya 

Pour water from over the head of the idol of Goddess Lakshmi and chant following Mantra:

Namaste Dev-Deveshi! Namaste Kamal-Dharini!
Namaste Shri Maha-Lakshmi, Dhanada-Devi! Arghyam Grihaan।
Gandha-Pushpakshatairyuktam, Phal-Dravya-Samanvitam॥
Grihaan Toyamarghyarthan, Parameshwari Vatsale! 

॥Shri Lakshmi-Devyai Arghyam Swaha॥

7. Snana 

Offer Holy bath to Goddess Lakshmi idol with plain water and chant the following Mantra:

Gangasaraswatirevapayoshninarmadajalaih।
Snapitasi Maya Devi Tatha Shantim Kurushva Me॥
Adityavarne Tapasoadhijato Vanaspatistava Vrikshoatha Bilvah।
Tasya Phalani Tapasa Nudantu Mayantarayashcha Bahya Alakshmih।

॥ Shri Lakshmi-Devyai Jalasnanam Samarpayami ॥

8. Panchamrita Snana 

Once this is done, offer holy bath with Panchamrita while chanting following Mantra:

Dadhi Madhu Ghratashchaiva Payashcha Sharkarayutam।
Panchamritam Samanitam Snanartham Pratigrihyatam॥
Om Panchanadyah Saraswatimapiyanti Sasrotasah।
Saraswati Tu Panchadhasodeshebhavat Sarit॥

॥ Shri Lakshmi-Devyai Panchamritasnanam Samarpayami ॥

  1. Gandha Snana 

Now perform the Holy bath using scent and chant following Mantra:

Om Malayachalasambhutam Chandanagarusambhavam।
Chandanam Devadeveshi Snanartham Pratigrihyatam॥ 

॥ Shri Lakshmi-Devyai Gandhasnanam Samarpayami ॥

10. Shuddha Snana 

Now offer Holy bath with pure water and chant the following Mantra:

Mandakinyastu Yadvari Sarvapapaharam Shubham।
Tadidam Kalpitam Tubhyam Snanartham Pratigrihyatam॥

॥ Shri Lakshmi-Devyai Shuddhodakasnanam Samarpayami ॥

11. Vastra 

Now offer Moli to the Goddess as new clothes and chant the following Mantra:

Divyambaram Nutanam Hi Kshaumam Tvatimanoharam।
Diyamanam Maya Devi Grihana Jagadambike॥
Upaitu Mam Devasakhah Kirtishch Manina Saha।
Pradurbhuto Surashtreasmin Kirtimriddhi Dadatu Me॥

॥ Shri Lakshmi-Devyai Vastram Samarpayami ॥

12. Madhuparka 

Now offer honey and milk to Goddess Lakshmi’s idol and chant the following Mantra:

Om Kapilam Dadhi Kundendudhavalam Madhusamyutam।
Swarnapatrasthitam Devi Madhuparkam Grihana Bhoh॥

॥ Shri Lakshmi-Devyai Madhuparkam Samarpayami ॥

13. Abhushana 

Offer jewellery to the Goddess and chant the mantra given below:

Ratnakankada Vaiduryamuktaharayutani Cha।
Suprasannena Manasa Dattani Swikurushwa Me॥
Kshuptipapasamalam Jyeshthamalakshmim Nashayamyaham।
Abhutimasamriddhim Cha Sarvannirnuda Me Grahat॥

॥ Shri Lakshmi-Devyai Abhushanani Samarpayami ॥

14. Raktachandana 

Offer red sandalwood and chant

Om Raktachandanasammishram Parijatasamudbhavam
Maya Dattam Grihanashu Chandanam Gandhasamyutam॥

॥ Shri Lakshmi-Devyai Raktachandanam Samarpayami ॥

15. Sindoor 

Now offer vermilion as a  Tilak and chant the following Mantra.

Om Sinduram Raktavarnashcha Sinduratilakapriye।
Bhaktya Dattam Maya Devi Sinduram Pratigrihyatam॥

॥ Shri Lakshmi-Devyai Sinduram Samarpayami ॥

16. Kumkuma 

Now offer Kumkuma and chant:

Om Kumkumam Kamadam Divyam Kumkumam Kamarupinam।
Akhandakamasaubhagyam Kumkumam Pratigrihyatam॥

॥ Shri Lakshmi-Devyai Kumkumam Samarpayami ॥

17. Abira-Gulala 

Now offer auspicious Abira-Gulala while chanting: 

Abirashcha Gulalam Cha Chova-Chandanameva Cha।
Shringarartham Maya Dattam Grihana Parameshwari॥

॥ Shri Lakshmi-Devyai Abiragulalam Samarpayami ॥

18. Sugandhita Dravya 

Once this is done offer aromatic scent while chanting:

Om Tailani Cha Sugandhini Dravyani Vividhani Cha।
Maya Dattani Lepartham Grihana Parameshwari॥

॥ Shri Lakshmi-Devyai Sugandhita Tailam Samarpayami ॥

19. Akshata 

Offer unbroken whole rice grain to Goddess Lakshmi while chanting following Mantra:

Akshatashcha Surashreshtha Kumkumaktah Sushobhitah।
Maya Nivedita Bhaktya Pujartham Pratigrihyatam॥

॥ Shri Lakshmi-Devyai Akshatan Samarpayami ॥

20. Gandha-Samarpan/Chandan-Samarpan 

Offer Chandan and chant:

Shri-Khanda-Chandanam Divyam, Gandhaadayam Sumanoharam।
Vilepanam Maha-Lakshmi! Chandanam Prati-Grihyataam॥

॥ Shri Lakshmi-Devyai Chandanam Samarpayami ॥

21. Pushpa-Samarpan 

Offer flowers and chant:

Yatha-Prapta-Ritu-Pushpaih, Vilva-Tulasi-Dalaishcha|
Pujayaami Maha-Lakshmi! Prasida Me Sureshwari|

॥ Shri Lakshmi-Devyai Pushpam Samarpayami ॥

22. Anga-Pujan 

Now worship deities who are believed to be the body parts of Shri Bhagawati Lakshmi Herself. For this step, that take aromatic scent, Akshata and flowers in the left hand and offer it to Maa Lakshmi idol with the right hand and chant the following:

Om Chapalaayai Namah Padau Pujayami।
Om Chanchalayai Namah Janunee Pujayami।
Om Kamalayai Namah Katim Pujayami।
Om Katyaayanyai Namah Naabhim Pujayami।
Om Jaganmatrai Namah Jatharam Pujayami।
Om Vishwa-Vallabhaayai Namah Vaksha-Sthalam Pujayami।
Om Kamala-Vaasinyai Namah Hastou Pujayami।
Om Kamala-Patrakshyai Namah Netra-Trayam Pujayami।
Om Shriyai Namah Shirah Pujayami।

23. Ashta-Siddhi Puja 

Now do the worship of Ashta-Siddhi by taking scent, akshat and flowers in the left hand and offering them to Maa Lakshmi idol with right hand while chanting below given mantras:

Om Animne Namah। Om Mahimne Namah।
Om Garimne Namah। Om Laghimne Namah।
Om Praptyai Namah। Om Prakaamyai Namah।
Om Ishitaayai Namah। Om Vashitaayai Namah।

24. Ashta-Lakshmi Puja 

Now perform the Ashta-Lakshmi Puja with Akshata, Sandalwood and flowers while chanting following Mantra:

Om Aadhya-Lakshmyai Namah। Om Vidhya-Lakshmyai Namah।
Om Saubhagya-Lakshmyai Namah। Om Amrit-Lakshmyai Namah।
Om Kamalakshyai Namah। Om Satya-Lakshmyai Namah।
Om Bhoga-Lakshmyai Namah। Om Yoga-Lakshmyai Namah।

  1. Dhoop-Samarpan 

Offer aromatic fumes of Dhoop to the idol of Goddess Lakshmi and chant:

Vanaspati-Rasodbhuto Gandhaadhyah Sumanoharah।
Aaghreyah Sarva-Devanaam, Dhupoayam Prati-Grihyataam॥

॥ Shri Lakshmi-Devyai Dhoopam Samarpayami ॥

26. Deep-Samarpan 

Show ghee lamp to Shri Lakshmi and chant:

Sajyam Varti-Sanyuktam Cha, Vahnina Yojitam Mayaa,
Deepam Grihaan Deveshi! Trailokya-Timirapaham।
Bhaktya Deepam Prayachchhaami, Shri Lakshmyai Paratparaayai।
Trahi Maam Niryaad Ghoraad, Deepoayam Prati-Grihyataam॥

॥ Shri Lakshmi-Devyai Deepam Samarpayami ॥

  1. Naivedhya-Samarpan 

Offer Naivedhya to Goddess Lakshmi and chant:

Sharkara-Khanda-Khadyaani, Dadhi-Ksheera-Ghritaani Cha।
Aaharo Bhakshya-Bhojyam Cha, Naivedhyam Prati-Grihyataam॥ 

Yathamshatah Shri Lakshmyai-Devyai Naivedhyam Samarpayami –
Om Pranaya Swaha। Om Apanaya Swaha।
Om Samanaya Swaha। Om Udanaya Swaha।
Om Vyanaya Swaha॥

28. Achamana-Samarpan/Jal-Samarpan 

Now perform Achamana by offering water to Shri Lakshmi while chanting: 

Tatah Paniyam Samarpayami Iti Uttaraposhanam।
Hasta-Prakshalanam Samarpayami। Mukh-Prakshalanam।
Karodvartanarthe Chandanam Samarpayami।

29. Tambool-Samarpan 

Offer betel leaf with betel nuts known as Tambool the Goddess and chant:

Poogi-Phalam Maha-Divyam, Naga-Valli-Dalairyutam।
Karpurailaa-Samayuktam, Tamboolam Prati-Grihyataam॥

॥ Shri Lakshmi-Devyai Mukh-Vasartham Poogi-Phalam-Yuktam Tamboolam Samarpayami॥

30. Dakshina 

Now offer Dakshina chanting: 

Hiranya-Garbha-Garbhastham, Hema-Veejam Vibhaavasoh।
Ananta-Punya-Phaladamatah Shantim Prayachchha Me॥

॥ Shri Lakshmi-Devyai Suvarna-Pushpa-Dakshinaam Samarpayami ॥

31. Pradakshina 

Now walk around Maa Lakshmi’s idol from left to right completing a circle with flowers and chant:

Yani Yani Cha Papani, Janmantar-Kritani Cha।
Tani Tani Vinashyanti, Pradakshinam Pade Pade॥
Anyatha Sharanam Naasti, Tvameva Sharanam Devi!
Tasmaat kaarunya-Bhaven, Kshamasva Parameshwari॥

॥ Shri Lakshmi-Devyai Pradakshinam Samarpayami ॥

32. Vandana-Sahit Pushpanjali 

Recite Vandana (Prayer) and offer flowers simultaneously while chanting the following Mantra:

Kar-Kritam Vaa Kayajam Karmajam Vaa,
Shravan-Nayanajam Vaa Manasam Vaaparadham।
Viditamaviditam Vaa, Sarvametat Kshamasva,
Jaya Jaya Karunaabdhe, Shri Maha-Lakshmi Trahi।

॥ Shri Lakshmi-Devyai Mantra-Pushpanjali Samarpayami ॥

33. Sashtanga-Pranam 

Perform Sashtanga Pranam (Pranam which is done with eight limbs) in front of the Lakshmi idol and chant:

Om Bhavani! Tvam Maha-Lakshmih Sarva-Kaam-Pradayini।
Prasannaa Santushtha Bhava Devi! Namoastu Te।|

॥ Anena Pujanena Shri Lakshmi-Devi Preeyataam, Namo Namah ॥

34. Kshama-Prarthana 

Now ask Maa Lakshmi to forgive all the sins committed unknowingly or knowingly by chanting following Mantra:

Avahanam Na janami, Na Janami Visarjanam॥
Puja-Karma Na Janami, Kshamasva Parameshwari॥
Mantra-Heenam Kriya-Heenam, Bhakti Heenam Sureshwari!
Maya Yat-Poojitam Devi! Paripoornam Tadastu Me॥
Anena Yatha-Militopachaara-Dravyai Krita-Poojanena Shri Lakshmi-Devi Preeyataam

॥ Shri Lakshmi-Devyai Arpanamastu ॥

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