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Margashirsha Laxmi Puja 2018

Margashirsha Laxmi Puja is dedicated to Goddess Laxmi and is observed on Thursdays during Margashirsha Month (November – December) in Maharashtra and parts of Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. In 2018, the Margashirsha Laxmi Puja begins on December 13, Thursday. The other Thursdays are on December 20, December 27 and January 3, 2019. This Laxmi puja is performed to get Sukh, Shanti and Aishwarya – comfort, peace and prosperity.

The rituals are also observed in North India - the dates are November 29, December 6, December 13 and December 20.



The Mahalaxmi Puja is observed for four Thursdays of the Margashirsha month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in Maharashtra. Some people observe it for eight Thursdays (including the Thursdays in the next month – the Poush month).

Margashirsha Laxmi Puja fast is from sunrise to sunset. The devotee should wear yellow color clothes.

Some Tips on Margashirsha Laxmi Puja
  • Performing Lakshmi Puja and taking holy dip in sacred river like Yamuna is meritorious.
  • The murti or painting of Goddess Lakshmi worshipped on the day should have her sitting on a lotus flower. She should be holding a lotus and elephants should be showering water or coins.
  • The house should be kept neat and clean. All unwanted items should be sold off.
  • On each Thursday a different Bhog or prasad should be offered to Goddess Laxmi.
  • Awla (gooseberry tree) and Mango tree should be planted on Thursday.
  • Food should be offered to the poor.
  • The Kalash prepared on the day should be decorated with mango and awla leaves.
  • Prayers should be offered facing west.
  • Lamp on the day should be lit using cow ghee mixed with turmeric powder (haldi).
  • Dhoop and agarbathi should be of sandalwood.
  • Kesar and yellow color flowers should be offered to Goddess.
  • The prasad prepared on the day should be of jaggery and channa dal.
  • Abhishek should be done with water mixed with haldi or turmeric powder.
  • The mantra to be chanted on the day is श्रीं कमलायै नमः॥
  • The mantra should be chanted 108 times.
  • Offering rice to Goddess and then feeding it to birds will help in overcoming accidents. 
  • Offer 11 piece of dried haldi (turmeric) to Maa Laxmi and then keep it in the place where money is regularly kept in the house. This will help in increase of wealth.
  • Those facing loss in business should offer dried awla (gooseberry) to Maa Lakshmi and then it should be placed in the western part of the house.
In Orissa, a Lakshmi puja is held during the period and it is known as Manabasa Gurubar. It is based on Margashirsh month followed in Orissa. You can find details of it here.