Bengal welcomes goddess of wealth

Last Updated: Mon, Oct 29, 2012 11:15 hrs
Bengal welcomes goddess of wealth

The festive frenzy city never got to spare a breath of peace as just a week after the Durga Puja ended, the revellers once again celebrated Laxmi Puja on Monday even as the goddess of wealth was worshipped in households.

Several small pandals (marquees) across the city and in Bengal, were spotted hosting Laxmi Puja along with large number of household Pujas to add on to the celebration mood.

Goddess Laxmi, the possessor of wealth, fortune, beauty, power, luxury, fertility and auspiciousness, is believed to bestow the same on those, who deserve her grace.

Hindus, thus celebrate Laxmi Puja to usher in prosperity and fortune in their lives as Goddess Laxmi is said to be ´swarna hasta´ or golden handed.

Laxmi Puja is also celebrated in those pandals (marquees) that had been a shelter to goddess Durga.

The rituals and yajnas (fire rituals) of the puja are generally performed late in the afternoon and during dusk, with mantras (hymns) being chanted. The goddess is treated with fruits, sweets and rice grains are a must in the offerings.

Since Saturday, the streets in the city have been largely preoccupied with Laxmi idols on sale and people rushing from one stall to the other shopping for the requisitions.

The day stood witness to devotees paying visit to places of friends and families hosting Pujas, in order to pray and receive the blessings on the occasion.

While the city celebrates the last festival before Diwali, Goddess Laxmi holds the promise of material fulfillment and contentment for all her devotees.

(Reporting by Shabarni Basu)

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