Diwali Festival: Lakshmi Puja date, city-wise auspicious time, puja method and significance

Lakshmi Puja, an integral part of the Diwali festival, is an important and revered ritual dedicated to the worship of Goddess Lakshmi. Usually celebrated on the third day of Diwali, Lakshmi Puja plays an important role in this five-day festival of lights. It symbolizes the deep belief that seeking the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi during this auspicious time will bring wealth, success and prosperity in the lives of those who worship her.

This year, Lakshmi Puja is on 12 November. It is celebrated on the evening of ‘Amavasya Tithi’, which refers to the new moon day in the Hindu lunar calendar.

Lakshmi Puja 2023: Auspicious time

In most cities, the main Lakshmi Puja muhurat is from 5:05 pm to 7:03 pm on Diwali day. Additionally, there are also auspicious times known as Pradosh Kaal (4:54 PM to 7:29 PM) and Vrishabha Kaal (5:05 PM to 7:03 PM) that correspond to the puja . According to Drik Panchang, Nishita Kaal Lakshmi Puja Muhurta is from 10:55 PM to 11:47 PM on November 13.

City wise Lakshmi Puja Muhurta

  • Pune: 6:09 pm to 8:09 pm
  • New Delhi: 5:39 pm to 7:35 pm
  • Chennai: 5:52 pm to 7:54 pm
  • Jaipur: 5:48 pm to 7:44 pm
  • Hyderabad: 5:52 pm to 7:53 pm
  • Gurugram: 5:40 pm to 7:36 pm
  • Chandigarh: 5:37 pm to 7:32 pm
  • Kolkata: 5:05 pm to 7:03 pm
  • Mumbai: 6:12 pm to 8:12 pm
  • Bengaluru: 6:03 pm to 8:05 pm

Lakshmi puja method

The Lakshmi puja ceremony involves careful preparation, including purifying the puja place and collecting the necessary offerings.

The puja begins with invoking Lord Ganesha to remove obstacles and then inviting Goddess Lakshmi into the home.

Various offerings like water, flowers, incense, fruits and sweets are offered to the deity, symbolizing purity, devotion and abundance.
The lighting of lamps symbolizes the removal of darkness and the arrival of prosperity.

Chanting of mantras and singing aarti is an integral part of the puja, with personal prayers expressing gratitude and good wishes.
The ritual ends with the distribution of Prasad, followed by joyous feasting and celebrations, promoting unity, a feeling of gratitude and hope for a prosperous and harmonious life.

Lakshmi Puja: Importance

As the Hindu goddess of wealth, prosperity and good fortune, Goddess Lakshmi holds a central place in the hearts of millions of devotees. This puja is a way to get good health, wealth and success in life.

Lakshmi is not only the goddess of wealth but also a symbol of spiritual well-being. People believe that worshiping him gives strength and peace and helps them achieve their life goals.

This celebration involves various rituals and is a time of gratitude and family gatherings.