When is Lakshmi Puja 2010 – Lakshmi Puja Vidhi, Lakshmi Puja at Home

Lakshmi pujais the main observation on the occasion of Diwali. Diwali is celebrated for 5 days. Lakshmi puja is done on the third day of the celebrations, that is on the day of amavasya. In 2010, Lakshmi puja is on 5th of November.

Lakshmi Puja Vidhi, Lakshmi Pooja at Home

Before starting Lakshmi puja keep your house and surroundings neat and clean. Goddess Lakshmi resides in places which are neat and clean. Make a nice rangoli design in the front yard for welcoming Lakshmi devi.

Take a red cloth and spread over a place in the pooja room. Place deities or laminations of Lakshmi Narayana, Ganesha, Saraswati and Kubera. Decorate them with chandan, kumkum and flowers. Decorate pooja thali and keep diyas for lightning.

Place a pot filled with rice in front of deities and decorate them with betel leaves and some flowers. Keep a coconut on the top of the pot and surround it with a cloth. This pot is called Kalasha. It represents power of the deity. Lit lamps and incense sticks.

Begin with Ganesh puja. Offer some flowers to Ganesha and recite Ganesh sloka. Invoke his presence by chanting his namavali. Pray to Lord Ganesh to remove obstacles in the path of devotion to Lakshmi – Narayana.

Perform abhishekam of Lakshmi Narayana with panchamrita (mixture of ghee, sugar, milk, honey and curd). Bath a few silver and gold coins with milk. Chant Sri Lakshmi mantra, or Lakshmi ashtottaram or Lakshmi shatnamavali to please Lakshmiji. Glorify Lord Narayana with Vishnu Shastranaamstrotam. After completing this pray sincerely to the Lordships.

Break the coconut. Offer mahaarti to the deities with a loud applaud of glorification. Offer akshata, sweets and fruits. Beg for forgiveness to nullify any mistake that you may have committed unknowingly.

Wishing you a happy and prosperous Diwali!!

When is Ganesh Pooja 2010 – Ganesh Puja Vidhi

Hindus worship Lord Ganesh at the beginning of every major venture for its success as Lord Ganesh is known as ‘Vignaharta’. Ganesh pooja that falls in the month of Bhadrapada is observed as the birthday celebrations of Lord Ganesh. The pooja is observed on the 4th day of the waxing moon (shukla chaturthi) in the month of Bhadrapada (August – September). In 2010, Ganesh pooja is on 11th September.

Ganesh Pooja Vidhia
Lord Ganesh is worshiped for 10 days. On these days, markets are full of colorful, clay deities of Lord Ganesh. Devotees bring the deities in house and keep them in decorated pandals. Here is the common pooja vidhi for Ganesh pooja:

Apply haldi-kumkum and chandan to the deity. Decorate with flowers by placing flower garlands to the deity.
Establish kalasha before the deity and offer rice and coin in it. Decorate it with flowers and colorful threads. Keep all other paraphernalia of pooja like deepam, agarbattis, bell, aarti plates ready.
Begin the pooja by reciting the following mantra: “Vakratunndd mahaakaay Suryakottisamaprabhaa. Nirvighnam kuru me dev sarvakaaryesshu sarvadaa.”
Light lamps and incense sticks. Now begin Shhodashopachara pooja which is offering 16 forms of paying tribute to Ganesh. This ritual is usually performed by priests.
Chant mantras from Rig veda glorifying Lord Ganesh. Read about his pastimes and extraordinary feats mentioned in the scriptures. Some are in form of namavalis, while some are strotas.
Offer Bhoga of modaks to the deity. Break a coconut and keep it along the deity. You can also offer something for rat – the vehicle of Ganesh.
Perform the Mahaarti to the deity with loud applaud. Pray sincerely to Lord Ganesh to bestow his blessings upon you.
Do this pooja vidhi by consulting priests and superiors. Though rituals can be flexible but you should be clean in body and mind while performing the pooja.

We wish all the readers Happy Ganesh pooja 2010!

When is Diwali 2010 Date – Diwali Decorative Items

Diwali 2010 is on 5th of November.

Hindus celebrate Diwali very grandly. They use so many decorative items for celebrating it with full vigour. Decorative items not only give a new outlook to the house but also give a joyful feel of Diwali. Here is the list of decorative items meant for Diwali with a brief description of each.

Diwali Lamps or Diyas
Diwali diyas are the integral part of celebrations, infact ‘Deepavali’ means decorations with rows of lamps. From the potter’s wheel to the market, diyas go through several decorative phases. Nowadays, diyas are designed by creative designers and craftsmen who decorate them marvelously. Diyas come in different shapes, colors and patterns. Wax-filled diyas are in much demand these days.

Door Hangings
Bandhanwars or torans are used to decorate the doors. They give a feel of welcoming Goddess Lakshmi into house. Diwali torans are special handicrafts meant for Diwali. They are embellished with beads, bells, mirror, images of Lakshmi and Ganesh etc.

Diwali Candles
Candles are used to illuminate inside the house. Aromatic, designer candles are very popular these days. They present soothing atmosphere for welcoming Lakshmi devi. Nowadays they come in innovative designs and artistic shapes. It is considered auspicious to lit a floating candle in a pond nearby on the day of Diwali.

Wall Hangings
Hangings decorated with images of Lakshmiji and Ganesha are very popular decorative items of Diwali. They give traditional and ethnic touch to the walls. Some of them are embroidered cloth panels which look wonderful on the walls and house looks as if it is an heavenly abode.

Lakshmi-Ganesh Sculptures
On the occasion of Diwali varieties of sculptures of Lakshmi and Ganesh are best decorative items. They come in different designs and sizes to allure people of all age. Brass and silver Lakshmi Ganesh are very popular as Diwali gift.

Wishing you a Happy and Embellished Diwali!!

When is Diwali Pooja 2010 – Diwali Pooja Thali

Diwali is celebrated on the no moon day (Amavasya) of the auspicious month Kartik (October – November). It is celebrated for 5 days but the main pooja of Diwali, also called Lakshmi pooja, is celebrated on the third day, that is on amavasya. In 2010, Diwali pooja is on 5th of November.

Diwali Pooja or Lakshmi Pooja
Lakshmi pooja is the main observation of Diwali celebrations. This day is considered very auspicious as the sun enters the second course and passes the Libra. This day is regarded as best for balancing account books and closing the past accounts. Businessmen and shopkeepers observe this day carefully and also start some of the new ventures.

On the day of Lakshmi pooja, people worship the deity of Lakshmiji. They keep their houses and shops clean and decorated as Lakshmi devi resides where there is cleanliness. Rangoli designs are patterns decorations to welcome Lakshmi devi into the house.

Diwali pooja is combined pooja of 5 deities: Ganesha; Goddess Lakshmi in her 3 forms – Mahalakshmi, Mahasaraswati and Mahakali; Kubera – The tresurer of gods. The pooja begins in the night of Diwali. People lit lamps and crackers to welcome Lakshmiji. There is a detailed procedure for Diwali pooja in which Diwali pooja thali is very important.

Diwali Pooja Thali
Diwali thali is a metal plate made of copper, stell, brass or silver or even gold, in which paraphernalia of pooja (pooja samagri) are kept. The Diwali pooja thali is vital in Diwali pooja for the worship of Lakshmi devi and other deities.

Diwali thali contains of all the essential accessories for the pooja: a bell, two or more diyas, small katauri, halidi-kumkum holder, a om-coin, leaf-shaped box to hold roli chawal etc. Small deities of Lakshmi and Ganesh are also included in some sets of Diwali thalis. The thali is decorated with colors and flowers. Now-a-days Diwali thalis are sold in markets but it gives a special divine feeling while decorating one’s own pooja thali.

Wish You Happy and Prosperous Diwali!!

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