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Bengali Lakshmi Puja 2024: Kojagari Laxmi Puja Vidhi And Muhurat

By June 5, 2024June 6th, 2024No Comments
Bengali Lakshmi Puja

Kojagari Lakshmi Pooja is celebrated throughout the country with great enthusiasm. This festival has its major roots in West Bengal, Assam and Odisha. People celebrate it with great devotion. It is observed on a full moon day in the month of Ashwin. It symbolises the victory of good over evil.

The most auspicious time for celebrating Kojagari Lakshmi is between sunset and midnight, and this time is known as pradosh kaal. Let’s have a look at the Kajori Laxmi Puja, its significance and its vidhi. 

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Kojagari Laxmi Puja 2024 Date And Time

Let’s have a look at the Kojagari Laxmi Puja 2024 date and time in Bengali. Here is a table to provide an insight into the timings of Bengali Kojagari Lakshmi Puja. 

Moonrise on Kojagara Puja Day  17:05
Purnima Tithi Begins  20:40 on Oct 16, 2024
Purnima Tithi Ends  16:55 on Oct 17, 2024

Kojagori Laxmi Puja Meaning And Significance 

Kojagori Laxmi Pooja, also known as Kojagori Lokkhi Puja in Bengali, is a really auspicious day. The meaning of Kajori Laxmi Pooja is Koja, which is who, and gari, which is awake. Together, it comes down to someone who doesn’t sleep on the night of the Kojagari festival. It is believed that one who doesn’t sleep on the night of the Kojagari festival is blessed with fortune in their lives. This festival holds significance because of the belief that the festival of Kajagori Laxmi brings prosperity. 

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The Kheer Tradition And Its Importance

There is a tradition of making kheer overnight on the night of Kojagari Purnima. Its scientific significance is also stated. Needless to say, the full moon of the month of Ashwin can otherwise be considered as the last day of the rainy season. 

According to science, the moon is closest to the earth on this day, so when the moon’s rays fall on the kheer, which, when eaten, helps keep one’s mind calm and increases the body’s ability to fight diseases. People with respiratory diseases benefit from it, besides improving eyesight.

Kojagara Laxmi Pooja Vrat Katha

In ancient times, there was a moneylender. His mother, Lakshmi, who had two daughters, was a great believer in Goddess Lakshmi and was very religious. Both the daughters fasted on the full moon. The eldest daughter of the moneylender fulfilled this vow and performed it in full ritual. 

However, his younger daughter ignorantly left the fast incomplete. Goddess Lakshmi became angry with him for leaving the fast incomplete. The son of the moneylender’s younger daughter used to die. 

Whenever she gave birth to a child, her son died soon after. The moneylender’s younger daughter was very upset, and she told a sage about her trouble. Rishi understood the whole matter by seeing the moneylender’s younger daughter.

He told the moneylender’s younger daughter about her mistake in leaving the full moon fast incomplete and not observing it in full ritual. He told her that if she observed the Purnima fast properly, her child could survive.

On the advice of the sage, he observed the Purnina vow in accordance with the rituals. She had a child but died a few days later. 

She was upset, but then she remembered her older sister. He laid the boy on a small wooden bench and covered him with a cloth. Then she called her older sister and motioned for her to sit on her. The elder sister was unaware that the child’s body was lying there. As soon as she started sitting on the bench, her lehenga touched the baby, and the baby suddenly came alive and started crying. 

Seeing this incident, the elder sister reprimanded him and said, “You wanted to stigmatise me. If I sat down, it would have died. The younger sister politely said that it was already dead. It is by your penance and merit that it has come to life. You have the immense grace of Mata Lakshmi. 

After this incident, the moneylender proclaimed that the city should observe the full moon fast. Since then, this day has been celebrated as a festival, and Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped on this day.

Kojagari Lakshmi Puja Vidhi

To celebrate Kojagiri Laxmi Puja, the proper rituals are essential. Let’s look at the rituals needed to appease God on Kojagiri Lakshmi. 

  • Take a bath early in the morning and get ready, preferably wearing new clothes. 
  • It is expected from individuals to keep a fast on this day. 
  • After taking a bath and getting ready, pray to God. 
  • Clean and decorate the house. 
  • Make rangoli if it is possible for you. 
  • Prasad can be made from a wide variety of foods. Once you finish your fast, you can eat it by the end of the day. 
  • Offer flowers and fruits to Goddess Lakshmi.
  • Perform Lakshmi Ganesha Panchopchara Puja. 
  • Offer Deep (lamp), Pushpa (flowers), Dhoop (incense), Naivedya (food offering), and Aachman (water) to Goddess Lakshmi in order to receive blessings on this day 
  • Try being awake throughout the night to get the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi. 

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Fasting Rules On Kojagiri Lakshmi Pooja 

To ensure that your fast is devoid of any mistake it is necessary to make sure that you are following proper rules while fasting. Here, we present to you a proper list of rules that you are required to follow while fasting to attain blessings on this day.

  • It is essential that you get up early in the morning and take a bath.
  • Chant mantras in the praise of Goddess Lakshmi. 
  • Visit the temple and get involved in the Bhajans being performed.
  • Meditate for a while and feel the presence of God.
  • Have an intention of keeping fast and keep a full day fast. 
  • Make sure that your house is clean and decorate it well. 
  • It is essential to stay awake on the night of Kojagari Laxmi Pooja.
  • Get involved in charity during the fast. 
  • Consume food that isn’t prohibited during the fast.
  • You can complete your fast once you are done with the Pooja.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What should we avoid in Kojagari Laxmi Puja?

You must avoid alcohol and iron utensils, and you must not get involved in arguments with family members.

2. What are the requirements of Kojagari Lakshmi Pooja?

You must have an ink pot, a red cloth made of silk and a yellow cloth. Without these, Kojagari Lakshmi pooja is incomplete.

3. Difference between Kojagari and Lakshmi Pooja?

Kojagari Lakshmi Pooja is very different from the Lakshmi Pooja during Diwali. The former is done especially in honour of Goddess Laxmi, whereas the latter is part of a large celebration of Diwali.

4. Can we eat non-veg on Kojagari Pooja?

It is advised to avoid non-veg during the Kojagari Pooja as it annoys Goddess Laxmi.

5. Why is Kojagari Lakshmi Pooja celebrated?

It is believed that Goddess Laxmi visits people’s homes during the night and checks to see if they are awake. If they are found awake, the Goddess blesses them.

6. What is the favourite food of Goddess Lakshmi?

Kheer and Malpua are believed to be the favourite food of Goddess Lakshmi.

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