In Hindu tradition Goddess Laxmi
is looked upon as the provider of wealth and is worshipped by all believing Hindus with the hope of receiving the blessings of the Goddess. However, the relationship of the devotees with the Goddess goes deeper than is the case with many other Gods and Goddesses. When a Hindu man gets married, he is blessed by his parents and other elders of the family who assure him that his bride will turn out to be the ‘Laxmi’ of his house which means, her presence will bring wealth and prosperity to the household. In rural areas where cows are very much a part of the family, being revered and worshipped as Gau Mata, people very often name their cow ‘Laxmi.’
In the larger part of the country across the vast expanse of northern, western and central India, Laxmiji’s Pooja
is done simultaneously with Ganeshji’s Pooja
during the festival of lights, Diwali. The festival takes place in the Hindu month of Ashwin (October-November) on Amavasya (New Moon) of Krishna Paksha when the moon is actually not visible. It is believed that on this day Goddess Lakshmi visits Her devotees and blesses them with wealth and prosperity. However, in Maharashtra, Laxmiji is worshipped as the mighty Mother Goddess MahaLaxmiji with none of the softness and shyness with which She is otherwise perceived. As the Mother Goddess MahaLaxmiji, She is worshipped as much for wealth as for power and strength.Goddess Laxmi
is perceived in different ways in different parts of the country. For instance, in Bengal, everything good about an individual especially a girl or a woman is admired by likening the person to the Goddess, e.g. ‘she’s just like Laxmi.’ In fact, Bengalis worship the Goddess on a full moon day which is usually a week after Vijay Dashami. Here, it is one of the quietest of Poojas anywhere in India and devotees take special care to minimize noise of any kind as it annoys Laxmiji, quite in contrast to the tradition in other parts of the country where She is worshipped on Diwali when noise levels across the country goes up quite a few decibels.
In Bengali tradition, Laxmiji
is seen as the daughter of the mighty Mother Goddess Durgaji whose Pooja, coinciding with Navratri and Dasera in other parts of the country, is considered to be her annual visit to her parent’s home. Along with the Mother Goddess Durgaji, Her children, Laxmiji, Saraswatiji, Ganeshji and Kartikji also accompany Her. Interestingly, in the background, Lord Shivji is also shown to be accompanying them covertly as it is believed that He just can’t stay away from his family. All these tales from the epics makes the story of Laxmiji so much more interesting.
Hence, any aspect of existence that relates to resourcefulness and wealth is synonymous with Goddess Laxmi in Hindu tradition and culture. Laxmiji is considered the originator of wealth and doing Her Pooja is absolutely important but along with the pooja of the Goddess
it is also recommended that you do a Pooja of Lord Kuber, who is considered the distributor of wealth. Ensure that the Pooja of Goddess Laxmi and Lord Kuber is done together to win the blessings of both the deities. It is believed that doing Laxmi Kuber Pooja helps the devotee overcome all the barriers toward gaining wealth and prosperity.