DIWALI PUJA / GANESH - LAKSHMI PUJA
Diwali dates back to ancient times in India, as a festival after the winter harvest in the Hindu calendar month of Kartik. The festival is mentioned in Sanskrit scriptures such as the Padma Purana, the Skanda Purana, etc. The Diyas (lamps) are mentioned in Skanda Purana to symbolically represent the Sun, the cosmic giver of light and energy to all life. Hindus in some regions of India associate Diwali with the legend of Yama and Nachiketa on Kartik Amavasya (Diwali night). The Nachiketa story about right versus wrong, transient wealth versus true wealth, ignorance versus knowledge is recorded in Katha Upanishad.
The Yoga, Vedanta, and Samkhya schools of Hindu philosophy share the belief that there is something beyond the physical body and mind that is pure, infinite, and eternal, it is called the Atman. The celebration of Diwali as the "victory of good over evil" refers to the light of higher knowledge dispelling all ignorance, the ignorance that masks one's true nature, not as the body, but as the unchanging, infinite, immanent, and transcendent reality. Diwali is the celebration of this inner spiritual light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, right over wrong, good over evil. On this day Lord Ganesh and Devi Mahalakshmi are worshipped together.
Lord Ganesh is the bestower of success, intelligence, education, knowledge, wisdom, talent as well as wealth & prosperity. He is Vighnaharta, the remover of obstacles and hurdles. He is the Pratham Pujya and is always worshipped first. Lord Ganesh is worshipped for Riddhi (Wealth), Siddhi (Success) & Buddhi (Intelligence).
Devi Mahalakshmi is the bestower of wealth. Praying to Devi Mahalakshmi is one of the best ways to please her. Anyone who worships her with full devotion is blessed with wealth and material comforts.
To get the benefit of both the Dieties, they are usually worshipped together before starting any important work like a new business, house construction or any other undertaking, or on festivals related to Lord Ganesh or Devi Lakshmi. This Puja is considered to be very effective in toning down miseries related to hurdles & obstacles and financial scarcity.
Puja Description: Swasti Vaachan, Shanti Path, Sankalp, Gauri-Ganesh Pujan, Kalash Pujan, Lakshmi Sthapan, Shodash Matrika Sthapan, Sapt Ghrut Matrika Sthapan, Rudra Sthapan, Navgrah Sthapan, Ganesh & Lakshmi Pujan, Chopda Pujan, Diya Pujan, Sri Suktam Paath, then Aarti and Prasad to Brahmins.
Number of Vedic Pundit/s: 2
Duration: 3 Hrs.
Prasadam: Ganesh Lakshmi Yantra, Rudraksha Japmala and a video recording covering the most important parts of the Puja and Prasad from the Puja.