Diwali, one of India’s biggest festivals, is just around the corner, and people can’t wait to celebrate it. Traditionally known as Deepawali (meaning a row of lamps), Diwali is observed on the New Moon day in the month of Kartik (Amavasya Tithi).
And in the evening, people pay tributes to Devi Lakshmi (also spelt as Laxmi), the Goddess of wealth, by performing puja. This year, Badi Diwali or Lakshmi pujan will be celebrated tomorrow. Ahead of the festival, check out the Lakshmi puja timings in different cities and read on to know the Lakshmi puja vidhi.
Diwali Lakshmi Pujan 2021 city-wise puja timings
|New Delhi||6:09 PM to 8:04 PM|
|Mumbai||6:42 PM to 8:35 PM|
|Chennai||6:21 PM to 8:10 PM|
|Bangalore||6:32 PM to 8:21 PM|
|Hyderabad||6:22 PM to 8:14 PM|
|Kolkata||5:34 PM to 7:31 PM|
|Ahmedabad||6:37 PM to 8:33 PM|
|Jaipur||6:17 PM to 8:14 PM|
|Bhopal||6:17 PM to 8:14 PM|
|Guwahati||5:15 PM to 7:12 PM|
|Thiruvananthapuram||6:41 PM to 8:26 PM|
|Lucknow||5:57 PM to 7:53 PM|
|Kanpur||6:00 PM to 7:57 PM|
|Shimla||6:04 PM to 7:59 PM|
|Srinagar||6:08 PM to 8:01 PM|
|Jammu||6:10 PM to 8:04 PM|
Before offering your prayers to Goddess Lakshmi, invoke Lord Ganesha and seek his blessings. All pujas are incomplete without homage to the Lord, who is hailed as a remover of obstacles. Therefore, know how to perform Lord Ganesha’s puja as well as Devi Lakshmi’s.
Ganesh and Lakshmi Puja Vidhi
- You may choose the temple in your home for performing the puja. Keep a wooden chowki adjacent to the altar and cover it with a red cloth.
- Spread some rice on the right front of the chowki.
- Light an oil/ghee lamp and place it on the rice carpet.
- Fill water in a copper/brass or silver Kalash.
- Put a pinch haldi, chandan and kumkum into it. Then cover the neck of the Kalash with Mango or betel leaves. Finally, place a whole brown coconut with its husk on top of it.
- Then do Dhyana (connect the inner self with God)
- Spread some rice on the surface of the chowki and place idols of Goddess Lakshmi and to her left, an idol of Lord Ganesha. The layer of rice in the bottom acts as an Asana (seat). Begin the puja by paying tributes to Lord Ganesha. All the offerings must be first made to Lord Ganesha.
- Invoke the deities and invite them to accept your humble offerings.
- Padya – (offer a drop or two of water to the Lord’s feet)
- Arghya – (offer a drop or two of water to the Lord)
- Achaman– (drink water from your palm after offering it to God)
- In case you wish to do the Abhishek, gently place the idols of each of the deities on a plate one after the other and repeat the following process.
- Snana – (offer water to the Lord for bathing. One may use water, milk, coconut water, Gangajal, honey, curd etc., for doing the Abhishek – only if the idols are made of metal).
- If you do the Abhishek, gently pour water on each of the idols in the end and wipe them with a clean cloth.
- After performing the Abhishek, you would have to place them back on their respective seats.
- Vastra – offer a fresh piece of cloth to the deity. For example, you may use small pieces of kalava as vastra and offer two pieces for each deity.
- Yagnopaveeth – offer the sacred Janeyu and Akshat to the Lord Ganesha.
- Also, worship the lamp by offering flowers, akshat, kumkuma, haldi and chandan.
Diwali Puja Mantras
Om Gam Ganpataye Namah
I bow to the omnipresent one.
Vakratunda Ganesh Mantra
Vakratunda Mahakaya, Surya Koti Samaprabaha
Nirvighnam Kurumedeva Sarva Karyeshu Sarvada
Salutations to the one who has a curved trunk, and a huge body, the one who radiates the glow of millions of Suns, and to the one who removes obstacles.
Bless me before all my endeavours always and forever.
Ganesh Gayatri Mantra
OM Ekadantaya Viddhmahe, Vakratundaya Dheemahi
Tanno Danti Prachodayat
OM, Glory to the one who has one tusk and a curved trunk,
I bow before you to get blessed by your grace for an illuminated life.
Gajananam Bhoota Ganadi Sevitham
Kapittha Jambhu Phalasara Bhakshitam
Umasutam Shoka Vinasha Karanam
Namami Vighneshawara Pada Pankajam
Salutations to the one who has the face of an elephant. Hail to the one who is served by the Ganas. I worship the one who consumes the Kapittha and Jambhu fruits. I pray to you, O son of Mata Uma, the destroyer of sorrow. I bow to you, Vighneshawara, at your lotus-like feet.
Lakshmi Mantra for wealth and prosperity
Om Sarvabaadhaa Vinirmukto, Dhan Dhaanyah Sutaanvitah
Manushyo Matprasaaden Bhavishyati Na Sanshayah Om
Meaning: Salutations to the Mother Goddess, who removes hurdles and liberates people from trouble, bless me with wealth, food aplenty and a prosperous future.
Lakshmi Mantra for fortune
OM Shreem Maha Makshmiyei Namaha
Lakshmi Mantra for prosperity
OM Hreem Shreem Kleem Maha Lakshmi Namaha
After chanting the mantras, follow the procedure mentioned below:
Offer Haldi, Kumkuma, Roli and Akshat to the deities followed by:
Gandha – offer Chandan paste or itra/natural scent (to all the deities)
Pushpa – offer lotus or any other flower to Goddess Lakshmi and Durva and a flower to Lord Ganesha
Dhoop – offer incense sticks and dhoop
Deep – offer an oil lamp
Tamboolam – consisting of two paan (betel) leaves, two suparis, banana or any other fruit, a coconut with its husk and some dakshina.
Naivedhya – offer bhog to God
Pradakshina or Parikrama/ Circumambulate – stand up on your feet and turn around from your right.
Aarti – Perform the Ganesha aarti and the Lakshmi Aarti. Check out the Lakshmi aarti lyrics here.
Pushpanjali – offer flowers and do pranam