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Kojagari Lakshmi Puja in 2008

Purnima (full moon day) after Durga Puja is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi in Bengal, Orissa and other parts of eastern India and it is referred as Kojagari Lakshmi Puja. In Hinduism, Goddess Lakshmi symbolizes prosperity and wealth and it is believed that on Poornima night she visits the homes of devotees and blesses them. Therefore special Laksmi Puja is held in the evening on the day in homes. In 2008, the date of Kojagari Lakshmi Puja is October 14. Note:There is also an important Laksmi Puja held during Diwali. This year it is on October 28 A highlight on the day is the drawing of Alpana or Alpona patterns. Most preferred Alpana is that of Goddess Lakshmi’s feet. In Bengal and other parts of Eastern India, Goddess Lakshmi is believed to be the daughter of Goddess Durga. Small clay idols of Goddess Lakshmi are installed in many households and in pandals of in most places. The rituals associated with Lakshmi puja varies locally and is also different for different communities. The p…

Simply take the veil off and see purity – thoughts by Swami Vivekananda

All knowledge is within us. All perfection is there already in the soul. But this perfection has been covered up by nature; layer after layer of nature is covering this purity of the soul. What have we to do? Really, we do not develop our souls at all. What can develop the perfect? We simply take the veil off; and the soul manifests itself in its pristine purity, its natural, innate freedom.

Swami Vivekananda (Complete Works, Vol. I. Eleventh Edition, p.412)

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