- Diwali is celebrated on the Amavasya Tithi of the Kartik month
- On this day, Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi are worshipped
- Lord Ganesha represents Shubh (Auspiciousness) and Goddess Lakshmi symbolism Labh (Wealth)
The most important part of Diwali festivities is the Lakshmi Pujan. People perform the puja of Maa Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth on the Amavasya Tithi (New Moon night) to welcome her to their homes. Thus, they pay obeisance to the Mother Goddess, who showers people with riches. The puja symbolises the presence of the Goddess in the household and devotees show their hospitality by offering their prayers and bhog (naivedhya) and singing the aarti to honour her might. Read on to know the Diwali 2020 Lakshmi pujan date, shubh muhurat (puja time) and vidhi.
This year, Badi Diwali will be celebrated today, and people shall perform Lakshmi Pujan in the evening tonight.
Diwali Lakshmi Puja 2020 time (Shubh Muhurat)
Lakshmi Pujan must be performed during Pradosh Kaal. The shubh muhurat is between 5:28 PM to 7:24 PM.
LAKSHMI PUJA VIDHI
You may choose the temple area in your home for performing the puja. Keep a wooden chowki adjacent to the temple in your house 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. 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 with 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).
In case 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. You may use small pieces of kalava as vastra and offer two pieces for each of the deities.
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 Ganesha Mantra
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.