How I do Lakshmi Puja living outside of India

Diwali is just around the corner… it is important to start preparing a week in advance. As a child, I would watch my mother deep clean the house a week before Diwali, making it ready for “Lakshmi Pravesh” (the entering of Goddess Lakshmi inside the home).  Lakshmi is symbolized as the Goddess of Abundance, and more so of Wealth and Prosperity.  So, it was an important ritual every year to prepare for Diwali and give Her a welcome fit for a Goddess.

Celebrating 5 Days of Diwali

Every year around October and November, Hindus around the world celebrate Diwali, a festival of lights that stretches back more than 2,500 years. And in India, the five-day celebration marks the biggest holiday of the year.

Celebrating 9 Nights of the Goddess

During Navratri, the nine avatars of Goddess Durga are worshiped on each night.  Goddess Durga is the combined energy of the three supreme goddesses (Lakshmi + Saraswati + Parvati) and fire ceremonies are performed to win over enemies and eradicate negativity. Each avatar of the Goddess has a unique color associated with it; and devotees adorn themselves in that color each respective day.