Monday, October 29, 2012

I Hope You've Cleaned Your House!

Everyone who reads this blog regularly should already know I can't stand a dirty house lol. But today is not your ordinary day. Today is Lakshmi Puja!
Maa Laxmi Sending You Blessings | Lakshmi Puja | Forward this Picture

Before your festivities can start, you must have a clean house. Wash the walls, dust the baseboards, vacuum out your window sills, etc. Your whole house needs to be clean from top to bottom for this puja. Why you ask? Because Lakshmi is the goddess of light, beauty, good fortune and wealth. You can't have beauty in a dirty house - nor is there peace in a dirty house - and Lakshmi won't stay at your house long if it's dirty or if you haven't picked up yesterday's laundry. So if you haven't done your breakfast dishes and you're reading this then what are you waiting for?

Lakshmi Puja is a major part of the Diwali celebrations. Leading up to today, Hindu's worship Lakshmi fervently so she does not feel like they only want her for her money. As with any puja ceremony, a physical manifestation (figurine or framed artwork) is placed on a special pedestal or area raised off of the floor. The area is decorated in a certain manner and items are placed around the deity as part of the puja ceremony.

Lamps or diyas are lit and the deity is bathed and offered gifts in similar methods used in the many puja's performed througout the year. For full details on the items you need, see this link - "Simple Dipawali Lakshmi Puja." Then to read more about exactly how to perform the puja, see this link - "Hindu Blog: How to Perform Lakshmi Puja at Home."

It's my sincerest wish that the Goddess Lakshmi bless you and your home throughout the upcoming year. She has already blessed my home with riches beyond belief. I truly appreciate each and every one of you, even those with differing opinions. You each bring something special to this blog and I value hearing your thoughts and views. Enjoy your holiday season! (Indian, Hindu and American!)

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