Diwali is the festival of lights, signifying the win of good over evil. However, the five-day long celebrations also mark the worship of deities which involves various offerings, prayers and rituals like pooja or homa. Prayers are offered to Lord Ganesha, Kalsa (denotes universe) Lord Shiva, the Navagraha and Goddess Lakshmi. In 2016, Diwali falls on October 30th.
However, Goddess Lakshmi is held in special reverence during these days. Performing Lakshmi Pooja during Diwali is considered auspicious as She is believed to visit our home during these holy days. Therefore, offering heartfelt prayers to goddess Lakshmi will bless you with inexhaustible wealth and great fortunes.
Goddess Lakshmi, the consort of Lord Vishnu is the daughter of Sage Bhrigu, and emerged when Devas and demons were churning the ocean of milk. She blesses us with prosperity and success in all endeavors. There are specific rituals associated with Lakshmi Pooja. Since She is said to leave places that are not clean, people ensure that the place for performing Pooja is kept clean.
There is a belief that Goddess Saraswathi, the significator of knowledge and wisdom and Goddess Lakshmi do not stay together at one place for long. Therefore, Lord Ganesha is worshipped along with Goddess Lakshmi, as Ganesha is believed to have the powers to make both the goddesses stay together at one place, so that one can enjoy wealth and wisdom and in turn, success and happiness in all aspects of life.
Lord Ganesha is known as the “God of Luck” as well as the “vanisher of obstacles”. Performing Pooja to Ganesha will help you overcome impending obstacles and achieve success. Worshipping Ganesha on Diwali day along with keeping books in front of him related to your profession or business will bring career success to you and help you deal with work related problems or recover from losses.
So invite home the Goddess of Prosperity on Diwali 2016 as She will help you fulfill all the dreams and pave way for a prosperous life.