About Diwali Puja
Diwali is called the festival of lights. During the festival prayers are offered to the goddess Laxmi who is the goddess of wealth and prosperity. We offer prayers for the goddess laxmi to bring wealth and prosperity to all our endeavors in the New Year. Laxmi pooja is the central ritual performed at diwali.
Before laxmi pooja the house must be cleaned and prepared to receive the goddess. Tiny footprints are drawn in the four corners of the rangoli to mark the arrival of goddess Laxmi. In the villages, villagers worship their cattle as they are the only source of income. Cows are considered an incarnation of the goddess. Thus in southern India cows are adorned with ornaments and worshipped.
There are lots of interesting details about diwali pooja. The pooja is generally performed after sunset and the time is after with consultation with a pandit. The pooja consists of prayers, singing of bhajans in praise of the goddess and extending offerings. The most common items required for the Lakshmi pooja are gold and silver coins, uncooked rice, paan leaves, vermilion (kumkum), sweets (mithai), incense sticks (agarbattis), flower petals, Diwali Dry Fruits, icons of the deities, etc. Laxmi pooja is pivotal to the success of Diwali and, therefore, you need to know all about diwali pooja.