Laxmi is the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity, it is believed that if one worships her from the heart and soul, the goddess Laxmi will shower her blessings on them and make them wealthy and prosperous. Laxmi Pooja is generally celebrated a week after Vijay Dashmi. The festival is entirely Celebrated among Bengalis since Hindus apart from Bengalis do this Puja during Diwali. This puja is also called Kojagori Lokkhi Pujo. Women of the house worship Maa Laxmi in the evening after cleaning their house and decorate the floor of their houses with rangoli.
Laxmi pooja is celebrated on the third day of Deepawali, in Hindus Diwali is celebrated only for 2 days but in Bengalis, Laxmi pooja is celebrated on the third day of Diwali. On the day of Laxmi Pooja, people worship goddess Laxmi with Diyas and candles, People have to wear bright and colorful clothes, it is believed that wearing bright clothes is very auspicious and one should not wear dark clothes and the house as well as should not the dark that’s is why one should lit Diyas and candles in there houses to attract goddess Laxmi prayers.
It is believed that goddess Laxmi comes on earth on the day of Laxmi pooja and bless their devotee, In the evening Lakshmi Pooja has organized, families chant mantras and songs of Laxmi Goddess in front of her small Statue, females pray and do the Arti with incense sticks to show their devotion and trust towards her that she will solve all their problems and, people open their doors and windows to welcome Lakshmi and place Diya lights on their windowsills and balcony ledges to invite her in.
People wear new and good clothes to attract prosperity, It is popularly believed that Lakshmi likes cleanliness and will visit the cleanest house first. Hence, the broom is worshipped with offerings of turmeric and sindoor on this day. Lakshmi Puja consists of a blended puja of five goddesses. Ganesha is prayed at the start of every auspicious day as Vighneshvara, goddess Lakshmi is worshipped in her three forms, Mahalakshmi the goddess of wealth and money, Mahasaraswati the goddess of books and learning, and Mahakali. Kubera the treasurer of the gods is also worshipped. Some people also buy the Laxmi mantra from the market, people also buy the Kachuaa(turtle) mantra, it is believed if you write your wish on a paper and that paper should be placed between Kachuaa mantra then that wish becomes true.
As we have discussed goddess Laxmi likes cleanliness and neatness, so first of all you need to clean all the clutter and make everything clean, Sprinkle Gangajal in the house to purify the house. Make rangoli may be small or a large one depending on your choice and time to guide goddess towards your home. Then set up a pooja platform, Place the statue of goddess Lakshmi on the platform offer her sweets and fruits. lit the incense sticks and dhoop to make the atmosphere pure and fresh. You can hang marigolds in your puja room as it is very auspicious also if you keep lotus in your puja thali as goddess Lakshmi likes Lotus. Now, chant the mantras of Goddess Lakshmi. Then distribute sweets to your family members which are also called Prashad.