The day of Laxmi Puja holds always brings special memories. It is the third day of hindu festival Tihar. On this day, hindu goddess of wealth Laxmi is worshipped. For basic info about the festival Tihar, please read this post.
Lately I’ve been busy with work and other stuffs and hence I hadn’t made any special preparations for Tihar. So on the day of Laxmi Puja, I decided to take a day off to prepare for the puja and celebrate Tihar. As I informed A that I wanted to take a day off so that I could make puja preparations, A decided to take a day off as well :). Unlike other non-working day, on the day of Laxmi puja, we got up early. We were invited by our Indian friends P and AC for the evening at their place for a potluck and puja and since Laxmi puja is performed in the evening after the sunset, this meant we had to start our puja exactly at sunset. So the day started by cleaning the house. Since the maid had cleaned the just a day before, this didn’t take much time :). After this, A prepared the dough for puri(deep fried flat bread). Since it is auspicious to buy metal on this day, A went to the market to buy his new metal gadget while I stayed back and made preparations.
For the prasad(offering to God), we made puri, malpuwa and home made rasbari. A helped me to fry the puris and malpuwas :). By this time, it was almost evening, so we took bath and got dressed to perform puja. During puja, I usually put on traditional dress “Kurta” but this year I didn’t have any :(. We started puja lighting diyo and making way for Goddess Laxmi to enter our house. I used marigold flower instead of making traditional Laxmi ko paila. Then we lit diyos to show the way to Goddess Laxmi. Then puja started by first bathing the idols and pictures of god and goddesses. Then we put red tika with rice grains on the forehead of idols, then we offered flowers and prasad that we prepared earlier during the day. After this, we lighted dhup batti(incense sticks), rang the worship bells and completed the puja by applying tika to each other. Once the puja was over, it was time for dinner and we hungry too. So we had some prasad, packed some for friends and went to our friends’ place.
This friend of ours is very religious as well and I love attending puja at her house. As we reached there, we lighted diyos around the beautiful flower decoration(rangoli) she had made. Then we went to her puja room and performed puja at her house too. Puja at her house was longer than ours as she had books with hindu chants and we chanted prayers for goddess Laxmi. After that we performed Ganesh arati and finished the puja. After puja, we gathered in her living room and had dinner. It is so much better to be surrounded by friends and family during festivals :). The tihar party was not over yet. After dinner, we even lit some fire crackers!!
This years Laxmi puja brought me and A even closer. We did everything together and I feel very lucky to have a partner like A :).