Lakshmi Jayanti is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Goddess Lakshmi. It falls in the Falgun month on the full moon day which is also known as Falgun Purnima. On this auspicious occasion, devotees worship Maa Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity with full devotion. The festival is also celebrated as Madan Purnima or as Vasant Purnima. In some regions, people observe the Lakshmi Jayanti as Uttara Phalguninakshatram. On this day Goddess Lakshmi has appeared from the churning of the ocean. Goddess Lakshmi is a symbol of prosperity and cleanliness.
Significance of Lakshmi Jayanti:
Devotees attain the blessings of Lakshmi Devi by worshipping her with devotion. Goddess Lakshmi is pleased by the mantras or the yantras followed by rituals and the offerings. If Goddess Lakshmi gets pleased, then all the desires of the devotees are fulfilled. The supernatural techniques, spiritual knowledge, the mental peace and spiritual peace are also bestowed by Goddess Lakshmi.
Lakshmi puja is considered very powerful. Goddess Lakshmi provides the relief from the financial crisis. This puja brings the success in all the aspects of the life. Devotees should perform this puja to evade the problem of money in their life. The puja to Goddess Lakshmi should be performed with devotion to attain her blessings.
The word Lakshmi has its origin in the Sanskrit word Lakshya, meaning goal. Lakshmi is the Goddess of wealth, prosperity, and fortune. She also offers material and spiritual growth. She protects her devotees from misery and money-crisis. She is the consort of Lord Vishnu and is also called as Shri. As per Vishnu Purana, Lakshmi is the daughter of Bhrigu and Khyaati. She left Swarga and made ksheera Sagara her home due to the curse of sage Durvasa. She is the sister of the guru Sukracharya as well as planet Chandra. When the Devas and Daanavaas churned the ksheera Sagara (ocean of milk), Chandra and Lakshmi were born out of the sea. Lakshmi is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu's spiritual feminine energy, in the form of Adi Param Prakriti, which empowers and takes the devotees to the higher elevation of spirituality. She is the goddess of beauty. She has a golden complexion with wavy and long hair, represented as conferring happiness. Her red or golden costume, ornaments full of gold with a golden ruby-studded crown symbolises fulfilment. Her right hand is in Abhay mudra and Gyan mudra depicting power and intelligence. She holds a pot of gold and paddy sheaf in her left hand which depicts her as a bestower of wealth and prosperity.
The idol of Goddess Lakshmi is placed on the altar and the four wicks Deepak is lit. Conch are also placed above it. The abhisheka of Lakshmi Maa is done using Roli and Chawal. Flowers and garlands are offered to the idol, and the Aarti is performed to praise Goddess Lakshmi. The sweets are offered as the bhog of Goddess Lakshmi, and after the prayers, it is distributed among all the devotees.