Lakshmi Puja in India in 2020

Lakshmi Puja in India in 2020
Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity. Image via Pixabay

  How long until Lakshmi Puja?
This holiday next takes place in 37 days.
  Dates of Lakshmi Puja in India
2022 Oct 9
OdishaSun, Oct 9Regional Holiday
TripuraSun, Oct 9Regional Holiday
West BengalSun, Oct 9Regional Holiday
2021 Oct 19
OdishaTue, Oct 19Regional Holiday
TripuraTue, Oct 19Regional Holiday
West BengalTue, Oct 19Regional Holiday
2020 Oct 30, Oct 31
OdishaSat, Oct 31Regional Holiday
TripuraFri, Oct 30Regional Holiday
West BengalFri, Oct 30Regional Holiday
2019 Oct 13
OdishaSun, Oct 13Regional Holiday
TripuraSun, Oct 13Regional Holiday
West BengalSun, Oct 13Regional Holiday
2018 Oct 24
OdishaWed, Oct 24Regional Holiday
TripuraWed, Oct 24Regional Holiday
West BengalWed, Oct 24Regional Holiday
The most important day to worship Goddess Lakshmi falls on the full moon day in lunar month Ashwin
  Which regions observe Lakshmi Puja in 2020?
  OdishaOct 31Regional Holiday
  TripuraOct 30Regional Holiday
  West BengalOct 30Regional Holiday
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When is Lakshmi Puja?

In Assam, Odisha, Tripura and West Bengal, Lakshmi Puja falls on the full moon day of the lunar month of Ashwin.

It may also be known as Kojagari Lakshmi Puja or Bengali Lakshmi Puja. This is because Lakshmi Puja may be observed later in the year, during Diwali, in other parts of India and Nepal.

Traditions of Lakshmi Puja

Kojagari Lakshmi Puja follows on from the celebrations of Vijaya Dashami and the immersion of the ten-armed Goddess Durga.

One of the most popular and enduring Hindu deities, the goddess Lakshmi symbolises prosperity and good luck. The word Lakshmi is derived from the Sanskrit word Laksya, meaning "aim" or "goal," and in the Hindu faith, she is the goddess of wealth and prosperity of all forms, both material and spiritual.

Lakshmi is said to be the daughter of the mother goddess Durga. and the wife of Vishnu.

Kojagari Purnima concerns the observance of the Kojagari 'vrata' (devotion), which is performed in front of Lakshmi's idol under the moonlight after fasting for the entire day.

The word Kojagari comes from the phrase 'ko jagorti', which means 'Who is awake?' According to tradition, Goddess Lakshmi descends to Earth on the full moon day of Ashwin to observe the actions of mortals and asks 'who is awake?' Those who answer her get her divine blessings.

Devotees draw footprints of Lakshmi to entice the Goddess into their homes.

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