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Paddy and Goddess Lakshmi – Hanging Made of Rice Grains

In Hinduism, rice plant or paddy which is about to be harvested symbolically represents Goddess Lakshmi – the Hindu Goddess of wealth, prosperity and fertility. Paddy is offered to Goddess Lakshmi in many regions in India before harvesting. Earlier, many houses in South India, especially in Kerala, used to display harvested paddy in front of the home and in puja room. It symbolically represents peace, wealth, fertility and prosperity.

On the Tula Sankranti day (October 17), the newly harvested paddy is offered to Goddess Lakshmi in Orissa. It is believed that a huge quantity of rice will be harvested by offering the just grown shoots of paddy. The belief is that Goddess Lakshmi will protect the paddy and bless the farmer with a very good output. Good food production means no famine in the region and wealth will also pour in due to a good harvest.

Paddy is a symbol of prosperity and wealth in Hindu culture. Goddess Lakshmi is the one who blesses devotees with wealth and prosperity. Hence the deep symbolism between paddy and Goddess Lakshmi.

Hanging made of rice grains is an essential part of many Kerala homes. It is a sign of fertility and prosperity. It also symbolically represents Goddess Lakshmi.

Goddess Lakshmi and Kati Bihu in Assam

During Kati Bihu in Assam, Hindus worship, pray and welcome Goddess Lakshmi by lighting earthen oil lamps in the rice fields.