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Mahalakshmi Puja 2018 during Navratri

The second set of the three days of Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi. Mahalakshmi Puja during Navratri 2018 begins on October 16 and October 17. This puja is mostly observed in western parts of India.

Mahalakshmi is worshipped on the fourth, fifth and sixth day of Navratri festival. She is worshipped for prosperity. Her help is sought for remaining in the path of Dharma and for leading a life of righteousness.

Special pujas are performed on the day. Goddess Lakshmi is offered special ‘prasad.’

Lakshmi Ashtotram and Lakshmi Sahasranamam are chanted during the Mahalakshmi Puja days.

The final three days of Navratri are dedicated to Goddess Saraswathi.

Angarak Vinayaka Chaturthi

Angarak Vinayaka Chaturthi is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and is observed on the fourth day after Amavasi (No moon day). Also known as Angaraki Vinayaki Chaturthi, this auspicious day happens when Chaturthi after Amavasi falls on a Tuesday.

The monthly Chaturthi after Amavas (fourth day during waxing phase of moon) is Vinayaka Chaturthi for Ganesha devotees. Some staunch Ganesh devotees observe a fast from sunrise to sunset on the day.

Usually, the monthly fast on Chaturthi is observed during the Chaturthi that falls after Purnima and it is popularly known as Sankashta or Sankatahara Chaturthi.

Popular belief is that observing Chaturthi Vrat will bring prosperity, happiness and fulfillment of desires. The greatness of Chaturthi Vrata dedicated to Lord Ganesha was explained by Lord Krishna to Yudhishtira, the eldest of the Pandavas. It is also detailed in the Narasimha Purana and Bhavishaya Purana.

Sindoor Tritiya

Sindoor Tritiya is observed on the third day of the 9-day Navartri festival. On this day Maa Chandraghanta is worshiped. In 2018, Sindoor Tritiya is observed on October 11. This day is of great significance in North India.

This is a ritual during Navratri, which is closely associated with Sindoor – the red powder or Vermilion – which is an essential part of Hindu ritual and closely associated with Mother Goddess worship.

The day also marks the end of the first three days of Navratri, especially in South India. The first three days of Navratri is here dedicated to Goddess Durga. The next three days are dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi.

Symbolism of Goddess Lakshmi Worship

Purification of the Mind is obtained through worship of Lakshmi Devi. Contrary to popular belief, Mother Laxmi is worshipped not for material wealth, but for good and noble values (spiritual wealth). More important than material wealth is the inner wealth of spiritual values such as love, kindness, sincerity, self-control, self-discipline, etc. By the practice of such spiritual values in our daily lives, our minds become purified.
The lotus on which the Goddess is seated symbolizes the Supreme Goal of Self -Realization. Source:Excerpt from an article published in the magazine October 2000 edition of Chinmayam a magazine of Chinmayamission.