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Laxmi puja method

Laxmi Pooja Bidhi

According to Hindu Holy epics, goddess Laxmi is the daughter of rishi Bhrigu. When gods were sent to exile by the demons she took refuge in the ocean of milk. She was found during “Samundra Manthan”. Goddess Laxmi is believed to be the goddess of good fortune, wealth, beauty, and light.  It is said the blessing of Laxmi is always with those who do hard work.
Goddess Laxmi loves cleanliness and purity. Therefore, it is very important to keep your house clean and pure during laxmi puja (and even always as possible). It is believed that goddess Laxmi visits those houses, which are very clean and pure shining with burning lights.

We especially clean and mop the house with cow dung & red soil to make it pure and clean. We take bath and wear clean cloths. We then offer flower, specially cooked food (naibedya), fruits, Turmeric (haledo), red color powder (abir) and sandal paste (keshari) to goddess laxmi and worship her on the night of laxmi puja. Then we lit up our house inside and out in order to light up the path goddess Laxmi comes to our house.   

Actually five forms of gods and goddesses are worshiped in Laxmi Puja. Lord Ganesh is worshipped in the beginning puja. Since, Lord Ganesh is “bighnaharta”, it is believed he takes away all the mishaps that could probably happen. Then three forms goddess laxmi’s, Mahalaxmi (goddess of wealth), Mahasaraswoti (goddess of knowledge) and Mahakali (goddess of power) is worshipped. Then lord Kuber (treasurer of all gods) is worshipped.   

Method of laxmi puja 

First establish the kalash (कलश). Kalash is any vessel (usually the vessel is made out of copper, but some rich people put gold or silver vessel too) filled with water and mango leaves (आँपको पात), peeple leaves (पीपल को पात), panchayakabya (पञ्चकव्य), few flowers on top and few coins dipped into the water.
Sprinkle some sandal wood powder, flower and a tulsi leaf (holy basil leaf) in the kalash. Place whole coconut on the mouth of kalsh, And recite this mantra.

कलस्या मुखाये विष्णु: कण्ठाये रुद्र:समासृताहमुलये तत्र स्थिथो  ब्रह्मा मद्धेय मात्रगण:स्मृता: !

(Meaning:  We worship the kalash inviting Vishnu to sit on the mouth of kalash. We invite Lord Rudra in the neck of kalash, and Brahma on the base. We invite Universal Mother Goddess and Her retinue in the middle. Thus we invite the trimurti along with goddess durga. We pray to all of them!)

Now get one more Kalash or any pot and place a plate on the top.  Put some rice grains on the plate. Take some turmeric powder and draw picture of lotus on top of rice grains. An idol or picture of goddess Laxmi is placed on the rice grain. Place a big diyo filled with ghee and white cotton cloth made in the shape of batti on the rice grain. Diyo represents The Sun and goddess laxmi and diyo represents Mahalaxmi as a whole. 

Take one red cloth and spread some rice grain on it and on top of rice grains place 8 diyos filled with ghee and white cotton cloth made in the shape of batti. Place the kalash near/before the red cloth. The diyos are placed around the kalash in half circle (batti facing us). 

Now place an idol of lord Ganesh on right side of kalash. Worship lord Ganesh by lighting the diyo and doing puja offering abir, kesari, flowers and naibadya.

Now we perform shodasmatrika puja (सोडस्मातृका पुजा). Sodasmatrikaa puja is worshipping 16 forms of goddess laxmi. To perform sodasmatrika puja make small heaps of rice and a nutmeg on top 

Pray to 16 forms of goddess laxmi with a little bit of rice grain, flower and fragrance (attar) reciting following names. 

कपुज यह उर्ड्ड होउ पुज्यस्च सोडासह

1. गौरी (Gauri)
2. पद्मा (Padhma)
3. सकिमेध: (sachimedha)
4. सावित्री (Sabitri)
5. विजया (Bijaya)
6. जया (Jaya)
7. देवसेण:  (Devsena)
8. स्वाह: (Sabadha)
9. सवहा:(Sabaha)
10. मतारो:(Mataro)
11. लोकमातारह: (Lokamatarah)
12. हृस्टिह: (harasatiha)
13. पुस्टिस्तठतुस्ती (Pustistathastuti)
14. अत्मानह्कुलदेवता: Aatmanaha)
15. गणेसी (Ganeshe)
16. नधी (nadhi)

कापुजायाह: उरदा होउ पुजयास्चा सोडसह: 

Now start mahalaxmi puja by recite the mantra 

ॐ श्री लक्ष्मी देव्याय नम:
ॐ स्रीम ह्रीम स्रीम कमले कमलाल प्रसीद प्रसीद  स्रीम ह्रीम स्रीम ॐ महालक्ष्मी नम:  

(Meaning of this mantra is; “salutations to that feminine energy which bestows all manner of wealth, and for which Shreem is the seed.”)

Take unbroken flower or not broken rice grain in your hands and chant or meditate this mantra 

या सा पद्मा सणस्था विपुला कटी तटी पद्मा पत्रायट अकसी गम भिरा वर्तणा बिष्टणा भरणा मिटा सुभ्रा वास्त्रोतरिय
या लक्ष्मिर दिव्या रुपा इर्माणी गणा ख किटैह स्ण पिताहेमा कुम्भ यैह स नित्यम पद्मा हस्त ममा वसतु गृहे सर्व मंगल्यायुक्त स्वाहा 

Drop the flower or rice in the feet of goddess Laxmi .

(Meaning: “Laksmi who is seated on a lotus, has eyes as wide as lotus petals, massive hips, deep navel, and heavy breasts, wears white upper and lower garments, wears jewelry, immersed from a golden pitcher, carries a lotus in her hand, and is associated with every auspicious sign, please live in my house”.)

Doing the aavahan (inviting goddess Laxmi)

You welcome goddess Laxmi as you invite every other guest in your house. Then recite the mantras 

ॐ सर्व लोकस्य जन निम सुला हस्तम त्रीलो च नामसर्वदे वमा यिमी सम देवी मवा हय म्य अहम देवीम अवहायमी स्वहाँ

Meaning: (I invite mother of three worlds, the three eyed one in her hand, in whom all gods reside.)
Now doing the Laxmi panchamrit snan (पंचामृत स्नान):

In a plate or a bowl place the idol of goddess Laxmi and wash the idol with water, yogurt, ghee, sugar, honey respectively. Again wash the idol with water containing a gold ornament or pearl. Wipe the idol and place it on the plate on top of kalash. 

Offer seat to the idol reciting the mantra (ॐ इदम आसानम श्री लक्ष्मी माता समर्पयामी स्वह्:).

Touch the feet of the idol and recite :( ॐ पादयोहा पाद्याम श्री लक्ष्मी माता समर्पयामी स्वाह्:)   

Offer some water to drink by reciting: (ॐ हस्तयोर्अर्घायाम C

Purify the area around the idol with water by reciting: (ॐ मुखे आच्मन्-यम श्री लक्ष्मी माता समर्पयामी स्वह्:)

Offer a cloth (usually silk cloth): (ॐ वस्त्रम श्री लक्ष्मी माता समर्पयामी स्वह्:)

Now offer kaacho dhago or janai: (ॐ यज्नो-पवित्रम श्री लक्ष्मी माता समर्पयामी स्वाह) 

Offering attar (scent): (ॐ गन्धम श्री लक्ष्मी मस्तस समर्पयामी स्वाह:)

Chandan : ॐ चन्दनम प्रती गृहताम श्री लक्ष्मी मस्तस समर्पयामी स्वाह:

Sindur: ॐ सिन्दूरम श्री लक्ष्मी माता समर्पयामी स्वाह

Turmuric: ॐ हल्दीयम श्री लक्ष्मी माता समर्पयामी स्वाह:

Incense Stick (to do aarathy): ॐ धूपमाघ्रापयामी श्री लक्ष्मी माता समर्पयामी स्वाह:

Akshata (rice grain) – ॐ अक्षतय श्री लक्ष्मी माता समर्पयामी स्वाह:

Now recite 108 names of goddess laxmi. But first recite maha laxmi strotram.

“नमस्तेस्तु महामाए श्रीपीते सुरपुजिते
शङ्ख: चक्र गधा हस्ते महालक्ष्मी नमोस्तुते“

108 names of Laxmi

posted Nov 4, 2012, 11:30 AM by Weall Nepali   [ updated Feb 19, 2013, 7:02 PM ]

Goddess Laxmi Names

Names Meaning
1 Prakruti  Nature 
2 Vikruti  Multi Faced Nature 
3 Vidya  Wisdom 
4 Sarvabhootahi  One Who Grants Universal Pleasures 
5 Shraddha  Goddess Of Wealth 
6 Vibhuti  The Celestial Goddess 
7 Surabhi  The Omnipresent Goddess 
8 Paramatmika  One Who Has Nectar Like Speech 
9 Vachi  One Who Resides On The Lotus 
10 Padmalaya  Lotus 
11 Padma  Goddess Of Purity 
12 Shuchi  Auspicious 
13 Swaha  One Who Dispels Inauspiciousness 
14 Swadha  Goddess Of Nectar 
15 Sudha  Personification Of Gratitude 
16 Dhanya  One Who Has Golden Appearance 
17 Hiranmayi  Goddess Of Wealth And Prosperity 
18 Lakshmi  One Who Gains Strenght Day After Day 
19 Nityapushta  One Who Is Radiant Faced 
20 Vibha  One Who Has Radiance Like The Sun 
21 Aditi  One Who Answers Prayers 
22 Deetya  Flame Like 
23 Deepta  Goddess Of Earth 
24 Vasudha  Protector Of Earth 
25 Vasudharini  Lotus 
26 Kamala  Consort Of Lord Vishnu 
27 Kantha  Attractive Eyed Goddess 
28 Kamakshi  One Who Emerges From The Lotus 
29 Kamalasambhava  One Who Grants Good Wishes 
30 Anugrahaprada  Goddess Of Wisdom 
31 Buddhi  Sinless Or Pure Goddess 
32 Anagha  Consort Of Lord Vishnu 
33 Harivallabhi  One Who Dispels Sorrows 
34 Ashoka  Goddess Of Nectar 
35 Amrutha  Radiant Faced 
36 Deepa  One Who Removes Worldly Troubles
37 Lokashokavinashini  One Who Establishes Eternal Law 
38 Dharmanilaya  Compassionate Goddess 
39 Karuna  Universal Mother 
40 Lokamatri  Lover Of Lotus 
41 Padmapriya 
42 Padmahasta  One Who Has Lotus Like Hands 
43 Padmakshya  One Who Has Lotus Like Eyes 
44 Padmasundari  Beautiful Like The Lotus 
45 Padmodbhava  One Who Emerges From The Lotus 
46 Padmamukhi  Lotus Faced Goddess 
47 Padmanabhapriya  Beloved Of Padmanabha - Lord Vishnu 
48 Ramaa  Pleaser Of Lord Vishnu 
49 Padmamaladhara  One Who Wears The Lotus Garland 
50 Devi  Goddess 
51 Padmini  Like The Lotus 
52 Padmagandhini  One Who Has Fragnance Like The Lotus 
53 Punyagandha  The Divine Perfumed Goddess 
54 Suprasanna  Compassionate Goddess 
55 Prasadabhimukhi  One Who Grants Boons And Wishes 
56 Prabha  Goddess With The Radiance Like The Sun 
57 Chandravadana  Moon Faced Goddess 
58 Chanda  Calm Like The Moon 
59 Chandrasahodari  Sister Of The Moon 
60 Chaturbhuja  Four Armed Goddess 
61 Chandrarupa  Beautiful Like The Moon 
62 Indira  Radiant Like The Sun 
63 Indusheetala  Pure Like The Moon 
64 Ahladajanani  Goddess Who Bestows Happiness 
65 Pushti  Goddess Of Health 
66 Shiva  Auspicious Goddess 
67 Shivakari  Embodiment Of Auspiciousness 
68 Satya  Truth 
69 Vimala  Pure 
70 Vishwajanani  Universal Mother 
71 Pushti  Possessor Of Wealth 
72 Daridriyanashini  Remover Of Poverty 
73 Preeta Pushkarini  Goddess Who Has Pleasing Eyes 
74 Shanta  Peaceful Goddess 
75 Shuklamalambara  One Who Wears White Clothing 
76 Bhaskari  Dazzling Like The Sun
77 Bilvanilaya  One Who Lives Under The Bilva Tree 
78 Vararoha  Goddess Who Bestows Wishes And Boons 
79 Yashaswini  Goddess Of Fame And Fortune 
80 Vasundhara  Daughter Of Mother Earth 
81 Udaranga  One Who Has A Beautiful Body 
82 Harini  One Who Is Deer Like 
83 Hemamalini  One Who Possesses Golden Garlands 
84 Dhanadhanyaki  One Who Bestows Wealth 
85 Siddhi  Protector 
86 Straina Soumya  Showering Goodness On Women 
87 Shubhaprada  One Who Grants Auspicious Things 
88 Nrupaveshvagathananda  One Who Lives In Palaces 
89 Varalakshmi  Granter Of Prosperity 
90 Vasuprada  Bestower Of Wealth 
91 Shubha  Auspicious Goddess 
92 Hiranyapraka  Admist Gold 
93 Samudratanaya  Daughter Of The Ocean 
94 Jaya  Goddess Of Victory 
95 Mangala  Most Auspicious 
96 Devi  Diety Or Goddess 
97 Vishnuvakshah  One Who Resides In Lord Vishnu's Chest 
98 Vishnupatni  Consort Of Lord Vishnu 
99 Prasannakshi  Lively Eyed 
100 Narayana Samashrita  One Who Seeks Refuge In Lord Narayana 
101 Daridriya Dhwamsini  One Who Eliminates Poverty 
102 Devlakshmi  Goddess 
103 Sarvapadravanivarini  One Who Dispels Unhappiness 
104 Navadurga  All Nine Forms Of Durga 
105 Mahakali  A Form Of Goddess Kali 
106 Brahma-Vishnu-Shivatmika  Goddess In The Form Of Brahma Vishnu Shiva 
107 Trikalagyanasampanna  One Is Aware Of Past, Present And Future 
108 Bhuvaneshwarya  Supreme Goddess Or Diety

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