The full moon day after Durga Puja is observed as Lakshmi Puja by Bengalis and it is also referred as Kojagari Lakshmi Puja. Kojagari Lakshmi Puja 2012 date is October 29. Lakshmi symbolizes wealth and prosperity and it is believed that on the full moon night she visits the homes of devotees and blesses them with prosperity. Therefore special pujas are held in the evening on the day.
Idols of Goddess Lakshmi are installed in many households and in pandals of neighborhood committees. The rituals associated with Lakshmi puja varies locally and is also different for different communities. Elaborate traditional Lakshmi Pujas, which needs the help of a priest or elderly person, are conducted on the day. The pandals which were erected for Durga Puja also conduct the traditional Lakshmi Puja.
The long list of puja articles include oil, turmeric, soil from the River Ganga, grains, durba grass, flowers, and a great many other items. Markets are filled with special Lakshmi Puja items and these items are only available mostly during this period.
A major event on the day is the drawing of Alpana or Alpona patterns especially that of Goddess Lakshmi’s feet. Special vegetarian dishes – khichuri, naru, narkel bhaja, chirey and taaler phopol – and sweets are made and offered to the goddess along with fresh fruits.
Alpana Designs Pictures
Kojagari Lakshmi Puja Story - Kojagari Laxmi Puja Vrat Katha