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Importance of Clay Elephant and Horse during Diwali Lakshmi Puja

In many regions in India during Diwali Lakshmi Puja a pair of miniature Elephant and a horse made of clay are worshipped. Apart from this in some regions miniatures of lions and cows are also kept during Diwali puja. This Puthalas (toys) of elephant and Horse have symbolic importance like Goddess Lakshmi representing auspiciousness and prosperity.

The elephant is placed in the puja area to remove all illness. The elephant flapping its ears is symbolic of blowing away illness.

The horse symbolically represents vehicle. Presence of the horse during puja is for no accident during the year and for the home to always have a vehicle.

Cow represents auspiciousness and prosperity. Lion symbolizes safety and security of the home and office.

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