Lakshmi Puja: Lakshmi Purnima, also known as Sharad Purnima, falls on the full moon of the Shukla Paksha in the month of Ashwin. According to astrologers, this night marks the completion of all sixteen phases of the Moon, making it a significant celestial event.
Lakshmi Purnima is a special day dedicated to honoring Goddess Lakshmi, the divine embodiment of wealth and prosperity. It is believed that on this auspicious night, Goddess Lakshmi embarks on her journey, riding an owl through the dark of the night.
Goddess Lakshmi, who is mentioned in the Rigveda, is revered as the goddess of wealth and abundance. She is the ultimate custodian of all forms of wealth and possessions, possessing six divine qualities. Furthermore, she is the source of Lord Vishnu’s power. When Lord Vishnu incarnated as Rama and Krishna, Goddess Lakshmi manifested as his consorts, Sita and Radha. Additionally, Rukmini and Satyabhama, the wives of Lord Krishna, are also considered incarnations of Goddess Lakshmi.
Lakshmi Puja is a significant tradition observed in many Hindu households, with special reverence on the days of Diwali and Kojagari Purnima, also known as ‘Kojagari Lakshmi Puja.’ Scriptures emphasize that pleasing Goddess Lakshmi is a rare achievement and necessitates performing the puja with utmost dedication and adherence to rituals.
Auspicious Timings for Lakshmi Purnima in 2023:
This year, Sharad Purnima (Lakshmi Puja) falls on October 28th, which is a Saturday. The puja commences at 4:17 PM and continues until 1:56 PM on the following day, Sunday, October 29th. The moon is expected to rise at 5:20 p.m. According to the Panjika, the most auspicious time for Lakshmi Puja is from 8:52 PM to 10:29 PM. The ideal time for Amrit Yoga is from 10:29 PM to 12:05 AM, with the normal time extending from 12:05 AM to 1:41 AM. As per the Benimadhava Shila calendar, the most auspicious time to worship Goddess Lakshmi is at 5 PM in Pradosh Kaal, with Kojagarakritya observed during the late night hours, starting at 6:36 PM.