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Diwali Lakshmi Puja – Mahalakshmi Pooja during Deepavali

Lakshmi Puja, or Laxmi Pooja, is an important ritual held during Diwali. During Mahalakshmi puja, Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity, is worshipped. On the day, Goddess Lakshmi is invited into the houses by Hindus. She is propitiated along with Ganesha and Lord Kubera. In 2017, the date of Diwali Lakshmi Puja is October 19. People also choose special time or muhurats to perform the Lakshmi puja.

Lakshmi Puja during Diwali is an important event for business establishments. New account books are opened by shops and other establishments.

Lakshmi Puja is widely observed in North India, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. You may also like to read How to perform or do Lakshmi Puja during Diwali?

Important Hindu Festivals and Auspicious Days in November 2008

Dates of important festivals associated with Hinduism in 2008 November – based on major Hindu calendars used in India.1st November – Naagula Chavithi in Andhra Pradesh2nd November – Naga Chaturthi Orissa3rd November – Skanda Shasti Soorasambharam3rd November – Labh Pancham4th November – Chhat Festival4th November – Thirukalyanam Skanda 9th November – Ekadasi – Dev Prabodhini Ekadashi10th November – Tulsi Vivah11th November – Pradosha Puja13th November – Tripurari Poornima – Kartik Purnima – Pournami13th November – Dev Diwali14th November – Margashreesh Month begins in Hindi calendar16th November – Sabarimala Mandalam Vrat begins16th November – Vrishikam month begins in Kerala Malayalam calendar16th November – Tamil month Karthigai begins16th November – Sankashti Chaturthi Vrata16th November – Agrahan month begins in Bengali calendar23rd November – Ekadasi – Uttpatti Ekadashi24th November – Pradosha Puja27th November – Amavasi28th November - Margashreesh Month begins in Gujarat and Mah…

Adi Shankaracharya on the worthlessness of complicated Hindu rituals performed by priests

Because rituals involve material objects and because there is a system as well as a defined goal, a person's expectations grow and become vivid. When someone performs a ritual and the expected results don't occur, as is usually the case, that person becomes disappointed.
In order to cope with the disappointment, the person tries to discover the mistake in the ritual. Then the interpreter, who is usually the priest, takes advantage of the subtle tendencies of the mind of the person performing the ritual and puts the entire blame on the performer:
"You didn't do it with the right attitude of mind; you did not follow the exhortations correctly; you did not give the appropriate love offering to the officiating priests"; and so on.
Such explanations create and perpetuate guilt.
As the ancient portions of the revealed scriptures state, the original rituals were a simple means of channeling one's devotion toward the divine. They did not require help from priests a…

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