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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?

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…