Lakshmi Jayanti Festival 2024
Lakshmi Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Goddess Lakshmi (the goddess of wealth and prosperity) celebrated on Phalguni Purnima day. The day is also celebrated as Holika Dahan and the next day is festival of Holi.
In 2024 Lakshmi Jayanti will be celebrated on 25th March.
Lakshmi Jayanti is mainly celebrated with much fanfare in South India. In North India Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped on Diwali. It is believed that worshipping Goddess Lakshmi on this day in a ritualistic manner is believed to remove shortage of money in your house.
This day is also the birth anniversary of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Know that by taking special measures on this day, there is a recognition of happiness and prosperity in the house.
Birth of Goddess Lakshmi from churning of the ocean
According to the legend, Maa Lakshmi was born in a very supernatural way. She was born during the churning of the milky ocean by Devas and demons which is popularly known as Samudra Manthan (समुद्रमन्थन). Mount Mandara was used as the churning rod, and Vasuki, a nagaraja who abides on Shiva’s neck, became the churning rope.
The Asuras demanded to hold the head of the snake, while the Devas, taking advice from Vishnu, agreed to hold its tail. Vishnu, in the form of the Kurma turtle, came to their rescue and supported the mountain on his shell. fourteen gems came out. Among the 14 gems, Amrita and Poison, Wine (Sura/Varuni) and Milk (from Surabhi), Lakshmi and Jyeshta, Asuras and Devas form pairs of opposites.
Mother Lakshmi was one of those fourteen gems. As Goddess Lakshmi evolved from the depths of ocean, She is considered as the daughter of Samudra i.e. the Ocean God. Maa Lakshmi had a Kalash in one hand and the other hand was in the groom’s posture. After being born from the churning of the ocean, Goddess Lakshmi chose Lord Vishnu as her husband. The day Mother Lakshmi was born from the churning of the ocean was the full moon day of Shukla Paksha of Falgun month. For this reason, every year the full moon of Shukla Paksha of Falgun month is celebrated as the birthday of Goddess Lakshmi i.e. Lakshmi Jayanti.
How to perform Lakshmi Jayanti Puja
Goddess Lakshmi is associated with prosperity, wealth and cleanliness. It is believed that doing pooja to Sri Lakshmi on this day shall bring in wealth and prosperity. Maa Lakshmi is worshiped along with Lord Vishnu on this day. On this day, wake up early in the morning and take a bath and wear clean clothes.
Start preparing for puja by purifying the place. Spread red colored cloth and install the idol of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu. After this, offer yellow clothes to Lord Vishnu and red clothes to Goddess Lakshmi. Offer a red flower to Maa Lakshmi. After this, apply vermilion to the mother and also offer perfume. Offer makeup items to Goddess Lakshmi. Do worship duly by lighting a ghee lamp. Listen to the story of the birth of Mata Lakshmi. Offer sweets as bhog and distribute them among the devotees after the prayers.
Devotees invoke Lakshmi’s blessings by worshipping her with true devotion. Mantras are chanted, and Yantras are worshipped to please her. Homas are also performed on this day to please her. Devotees also recite 1008 names of Goddess Lakshmi known as Sahasranamavali, and Shri Suktam.
According to religious belief, keeping fast of Phalgun Purnima eliminates all the sufferings of human beings. Women performing the fast will get children, wealth, prosperity and peace. To ensure prosperity and prosperity, make some donations to the needy on the day of Phalgun Purnima and Lakshmi Jayanti.
Aum Shreem Hreem Shreem Kamale Kamalalaye Praseed Praseed Shreem Hreem Shreem Aum Mahalakshmaye Namaha.
ओम् श्रीं ह्रीं श्रीं कमले कमलालय प्रसीद प्रसीद श्रीं ह्रीं श्रीं श्रीं महालक्ष्मीय नमः।