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Posted: 29 October 2012 at 5:48am | IP Logged
Wish everybody who's celebrating it today a very happy Lakshmi Puja.  Here is the pandal where I live (hours b4 the puja itself)


Originally posted by Debipriya



Lakshmi Puja is another Bengali festival that is celebrated in every household. Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth is worshipped just after Durga Puja. Lakshmi is one of the daughters of Durga who symbolizes wealth, peace and prosperity. On a full moon night people worship her at their homes and pray for her bessings. All the rites performed during the Lakshmi Puja are followed with utmost care and

The Lakshmi Puja time schedule is also maintained well by the devoted. Delicious Bengali Recipes on Lakshmi Puja night are cooked and are then given to Goddess Laxmi as an offering.It is considered that Goddess Lakshmi visits homes of the devotees and replenishes them with wealth.


The Myth

Goddess Lakshmi is generally represented as a beautiful golden woman, usually sitting or standing on a lotus, her symbol. She is also known as 'Sri' and attained importance as the consort of Vishnu.


 
Goddess Lakshmi has generally been thought to have existed first as the daughter of the sage Bhrigu and to have taken refuge in the ocean of milk during a period when the gods were exiled from their kingdom as a result of a rishi's curse. She was reborn during the churning of the milk ocean as Lakshmi, one of the fourteen precious things.The Goddess of Wealth, emerged from the ocean forth fully grown
and radiant, bearing a lotus in her hand. Goddess Lakshmi was then married to Vishnu and has a clear share in Vishnu's activities as preserver, and this reinforces her earlier character as goddess of fortune and giver of wealth.



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Lakshmi Puja in Kolkata is celebrated both by the Bengali community and the non-Bengali community. The Bengalis celebrate Lakshmi on the full moon day that succeeds Maha Dashami. Maha Dashami marks the end of the Durga Puja. Goddess Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth, prosperity and peace. It is basically meant for housewives, who pray for the well being of their family but nowadays Lakshmi Pujas are also done in Pandals. On most occasions, the public Lakshmi pujas are done in the pandal, which was previously used for Durga Puja. The non-Bengali community conducts Lakshmi puja during the diwalis.

Description of the Idol of Goddess Lakshmi

The idol of Goddess Lakshmi is painted yellow and has four hands. She is draped either in 'Daker Shaj' ora sari and crown. She holds a lotus in one of her hands, a vermilion case in one hand, the ripe wheat flowers one another hand. Her bearer is the white owl.

Lakshmi Puja in Bengali Homes

The priest conducts the Puja and at times, the housewife herself conducts the rituals. The Ouja take place in the evening or night nut within the specified time span. The homes are decorated with 'Alpana'. The white color of the alpana is made from ground rice and water. Small, face to face 'S' shapes are drawn all over the homes to symbolize the footprints of the goddess. In some homes, symbols are used instead of idols. The symbolic representatives includes ripe wheat and containers or painted mud plates. The priest performs rituals and ararti. The unique feature is that they unlike other Indian pujas no musical instruments are played. Only the shell is sounded. 





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Posted: 12 November 2012 at 6:18am | IP Logged
Kali Puja greetings to everyone who celebrates it

Here is a pic of the Kali Puja idol in our society complex


I have a question - what is the jackal in this setup - magnified for clarity??

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Vrish / Debipriya / Urmilla

I have a few questions as well :

If Durga Puja commemorates the visit of Ma Durga to her parental home, does Kali Puja also signify something similar? 

It is also unique that Durga , Lakshmi and Kali Pujas fall within a short interval of each other - but Saraswati Puja is celebrated on Basant Panchami, isn't it?

Is Kali Puja confined to Pandals and temples or do households also have a special Puja on this day? The reason I'm asking this is because down South, MahaKali (in her fierce form) is not generally worshiped within a house.

Yes, I was also going to ask about the jackal as well. (I thought it was a fox)

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You have a keen eye, Varaali, if you can distinguish b/w a jackal & a fox.  Although the one above looked to me more like a hyena LOL

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Originally posted by .Vrish.

You have a keen eye, Varaali, if you can distinguish b/w a jackal & a fox.  Although the one above looked to me more like a hyena LOL

No , nothing like that. Fox was the first / only  thing that occurred to me- I didn't even think about jackal / hyena. 

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I have read that Mahakali's vehicle is normally a jackal (incidentally, in the Kanda Purana, which animal did Simhamukha turn into by Kartikeya when he got felled, and was told that he'd be Mahakali's vahana?)  But in this story, Mahakali was just dancing, and happened to step on Shiva, so where would her vahana have come into this picture?

Only explanation I can think of is that since there is only 1 Kali Puja, they toss in her vahana to honor that as well, even though it was not a part of this episode.

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Posted: 21 November 2012 at 7:56pm | IP Logged
Today is Jagaddhatri Puja! Smile  Lots of Best Wishes to all of you! Hug Hug

This year I am not able to visit any Puja mandap, so here is a picture of the Puja mandap I visited last year. 





Detailed info about Jagaddhatri Puja is there in the prev page of this Thread, posted by Dear Sema Smile

http://www.india-forums.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=1878605&TPN=6





Varaali, Vrish,

Reading your discussion Smile. Will try to bring some more explanation, if I come across any of them regarding Kaali Puja.

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