Wednesday, September 24, 2014 | 3:51:00 AM
Lakshmi puja is one of the important rituals performed during the festival of Diwali. Laxmi Puja, or the worship of the goddess of prosperity and wealth. It is believed that Goddess Laxmi visit everyone during Diwali and brings peace and prosperity to all.
It is s extremely important to keep the house spotlessly clean and pure on Diwali. Goddess Lakshmi likes cleanliness, and she will visit the cleanest house first. This is also the reason why the broom is worshipped on this day with offerings of haldi and kumkum (turmeric and vermilion). Lamps are lit in the evening to welcome the goddess. They are believed to light up Her path.
The third day of Diwali is believed to be the most auspicious day as this is when Lakshmi Puja is performed. With pomp and ceremony, she is invited into the homes of devotees to partake of the gifts that are a part of the puja. The auspicious time for the puja is decided when amavasya tithi prevails during pradosh kaal or the evening time . On this very day the sun enters his second course and passes by the Libra which is represented by the balance or scale. Hence, the sign of Libra is believed to suggest the balancing and closing of account books. Despite the fact that this day falls on Amavasya, it is regarded as very auspicious.