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Kojagra Puja is considered the most auspicious in Hinduism. The day is celebrated with great joy and gaiety in the states of Assam, West Bengal, and Orissa. It is about worshiping Goddess Lakshmi on the full moon day in the month of Ashwin. It is celebrated in October or September. Worshiping Goddess Lakshmi on Ashwin Purnima day blesses the devotees with abundant wealth and prosperity.
Kojagari Puja falls on the full moon day in lunar month Ashwin. The Lakshmi Puja, also known as Kojagara Puja, is performed on the Purnima, and in the year 2021, Kojagra Puja falls on Tuesday, 19 October.
Moonrise on the day of Kojagar Puja - 05:21 PM
Purnima Tithi Begins - October 19, 2021, at 07:03 PM
Purnima Tithi ends - October 20, 2021, at 08:26 PM
- First of all clean the place of worship and purify it with Gangajal.
- After this, clean the puja post and install the Laxmi Ji statue by laying a red cloth on it.
- After the installation of the idol, take a resolution and invoke the Navagraha deity along with Lakshmi-Ganesh.
- After this, worship Ganesh and Lakshmi Ji duly.
- Then worship the Kalash. After this, offer the worship material one by one to Goddess Lakshmi.
- After duly worshiping Maa Lakshmi, tie a protective thread on the hands. Use Molly for defense.
- After worshiping, pray for forgiveness from Goddess Lakshmi by reciting this mantra.
1. ॐ ह्रीं श्रीं लक्ष्मीभयो नमः॥
2. ॐ श्रीं ह्रीं श्रीं कमले कमलालये प्रसीद प्रसीद ॐ श्रीं ह्रीं श्रीं महालक्ष्मयै नम:॥
3. ॐ श्री महालक्ष्म्यै च विद्महे विष्णु पत्न्यै च धीमहि तन्नो लक्ष्मी प्रचोदयात् ॐ॥
Many stories are described in the Puranas about Lakshmi Ji. In which the story related to Lakshmi and Vishnu is the most popular. According to the legend that is found in the mythological texts, Goddess Lakshmi once got angry with the gods and merged into the sea. When Lakshmi merged into the ocean, all the deities became Lakshmi-less i.e. wealthless. Seeing his pathetic condition, Lord Indra kept fasting for Lakshmi to persuade her. Seeing the deity Indra, all the other gods also kept fast. Like the gods, the demons also kept fast. Seeing this, Lakshmi Ji was born again after the fast after hearing her devotees' call. After this Lakshmi was married to Lord Vishnu. After which all the gods were pleased to get the blessings of Lakshmi.
- The celebration of Kojagara Puja involves many rituals and customs.
- At the time of Kojagara Puja, devotees worship and offer prayers to Goddess Lakshmi. The idol of the goddess is kept or installed in pandals or houses. The customs of performing Kojagara Puja differ from place to place and religion.
- Under the guidance of a priest, the devotees observe Lakshmi Puja.
- Narkel bhajan, talar folk, Naru, khichdi, and sweets are offered to Goddess Lakshmi so that the devotees can seek her divine blessings.
- On this special day, women make Alpin in front of their homes, representing the feet of Goddess Lakshmi.
- It is believed that, on this day, Goddess Lakshmi visits all the houses and offers her divine blessings for good fortune and immense prosperity.
- Devotees do Jagran at night and chant mantras, kirtans, and bhajans to please the Mother Goddess.
- To welcome the goddess, devotees light up their homes with earthen lamps and lights.
- Devotees also observe fast on this day and do not consume food and drinking water throughout the day. After completing all the rituals, offering coconut water, and offering whole rice to Goddess Lakshmi, the devotees can break their fast.