Kojagari Lakshmi Puja, also known as Bengal Lakshmi Puja, is celebrated on the occasion of Sharad Purnima in West Bengal, Assam, and Odisha. This year, the festival is being marked today, 20 October. Devotees believe that Goddess Lakshmi will give her blessings to those who worship her on this auspicious day.
The festival falls on the full moon day in the month of Ashwin, according to the Hindu calendar.
Devotees worship an idol of Goddess Lakshmi by covering it with a cloth on the day of the full moon. The idol, which is made of gold, silver, copper or brass, is worshipped in the night, after moonrise, as well as in the morning.
Kheer is prepared and offered to the goddess in a silver vessel and then kept in the moonlight. The kheer is either consumed or donated to Brahmins the next day as prasad.
It is believed that on the night of Bengal Lakshmi puja, Goddess Lakshmi walks the earth, blessing her devotees with happiness and wealth. The goddess is said to utter the words 'Ko Jagrati' as she walks the earth, to see who is awake at night. The goddess is also said to ease the pain and suffering of her devotees.
It is also believed that the moon comes out with all 16 kala(s) on the occasion of Sharad Purnima. The combination of 16 kala(s) makes a perfect human being, with each human quality being associated with a Kala.
On the occasion of Kojagari Lakshmi Puja, here are some wishes and messages to send to your loved ones:
Let us celebrate this day dedicated to the Goddess of wealth, Maa Lakshmi, as she showers her blessings of prosperity and success on her devotees. Happy Kojagiri Lakshmi Puja!!!
May Goddess Lakshmi bring happiness and prosperity in your life on this day. Happy Kojagiri Lakshmi Puja!!!
May the Goddess of luck and prosperity Lakhsmi bring joy to you and your family on this day. Happy Kojagiri Lakshmi Puja!!!
Health is wealth, may you flourish and reach the heights of success with the blessings of Maa Lakshmi. Happy Kojagiri Lakshmi Puja!!!
Wishing you the blessings of Maa Lakshmi. May she preserve your wealth and present new opportunities of prosperity in your life. Happy Kojagiri Lakshmi Puja!!!