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Mahalaxmi Vrat 2023: A Way to Gain Mahalaxmi’s blessings!

By July 17, 2023December 15th, 2023No Comments
Mahalaxmi Vrat 2023

Wondering how to gain the blessings of Goddess Laxmi? Do not worry, as Mahalaxmi Vrat 2023 is coming. This auspicious Hindu ritual is a beautiful way to connect with Goddess Lakshmi, the giver of wealth and prosperity. By performing Mahalaxmi Pooja, we invite the divine energy of Goddess Lakshmi into our lives. Therefore, seeking her blessings for abundance, happiness, and fulfilment. Join us as we go on a journey of devotion as well as gratitude. Keep reading to learn all about the Mahalaxmi festival!

Starting of Mahalaxmi Vrat 2023 Date: September 22 2023
Ending of Mahalaxmi Vrat 2023 Date: October 6 2023

Ashtami Tithi Begins: 1:35 PM September 22
Ashtami Tithi Ends: 12:17 PM September 23

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What is Mahalaxmi Pooja

All of us must be familiar with the divine qualities of Goddess Laxmi. In Hinduism, Mahalaxmi or Goddess Laxmi represents wealth and abundance. Therefore, Mahalaxmi Pooja is a festival that celebrates the gracious qualities of Mahalaxmi.

Mahalaxmi Pooja goes on for sixteen days. Devotees throughout the country perform various rituals to gain Mahalaxmi’s blessings. This auspicious period begins in the Bhadrapad Month and ends in the Ashwin month. People start with the rituals on the Ashtmi, or the 8th day of the Shukla Paksh of Bhadra month.

However, the auspicious meaning of this day has not ended yet! People also celebrate it as the birth of Goddess Radha. This gives it the name Radha Ashtami. Furthermore, many worship the Durva plant on this day, hence calling it Durva Ashtami. Therefore, Mahalaxmi Pooja begins on this auspicious note.

Significance of the Mahalaxmi Festival in Hinduism

The main purpose of Mahalaxmi Pooja is to seek the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi. She blesses us with health as well as prosperity. People believe that performing rituals with devotion and sincerity can bring financial abundance and material well-being to their lives. Mahalaxmi can also eliminate financial difficulties, debts, and other obstacles.

However, Mahalaxmi Pooja is not just about material wealth. It also symbolises spiritual wealth and enlightenment. Many believe that Goddess Lakshmi bestows her devotees with spiritual growth, wisdom, and inner peace. Goddess Lakshmi can also bring happiness and prosperity to the entire household.

Many individuals, especially business owners and professionals, perform Mahalaxmi Pooja. By doing so, they seek the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi for success and growth in their business. People keep the Mahalaxmi vrat for sixteen days to show their devotion to the goddess and ask her to bless them with good fortune.

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Mahalaxmi Pooja Rituals

Devotees show their love to the generous goddess in many ways during this time. Therefore, if you want to receive divine benefits, you can follow these rituals during the Mahalaxmi festival.

1. Mahalaxmi Pooja Preparation

To perform this auspicious ritual, people wake up early in the morning. This time is known as the Brahma Muhurat. Afterwards, they take a bath and begin with the preparations for Puja. Devotees prepare various sweets as well as food items to offer as prasad. People worship eight forms of Mahalaxmi.

Then, they make an idol of Mahalaxmi sitting on an elephant with clay. This form of Laxmi is known as Gajalaxmi. You can also bring an idol or a picture of Gajalaxmi. Then, they prepare a chowki for the goddess to sit on. Furthermore, people decorate this chowki with flowers, and then they place the idol on it.

2. Tying of Auspicious Mahalaxmi Sutra

To worship Mahalaxmi, people prepare the Mahalaxmi Sutra. This is a thread with sixteen knots. Afterwards, people worship it with Kumkum and sandalwood. Then, devotees tie this thread on their left wrists for sixteen days.

After sixteen days, they immerse it in any river or holy water. This holy thread gives them protection against any obstacles they may encounter. If you tie this thread on your left wrist, Mahalaxmi will watch over you as well as protect you from negativity.

3. Mahalaxmi vrat

Mahalaxmi vrat is the most significant ritual of this festival. It is a vrat, which people observe for sixteen days to show their devotion towards goddess Laxmi. People can keep various types of fasts during this auspicious period. They also listen to the Mahalakshmi Vrata Katha during this time.

If someone can not keep a vrat for all sixteen days, they can keep it for three days. These three days are the first, eighth and sixteenth days of this duration. Furthermore, the devotees keep the Mahalaxmi vrat every day from sunrise to sunset. People offer arghya to the sun when they wake up in the morning and begin with the fast.

4. Kalash Pujan

Another important ritual of the Mahalaxmi festival is the Kalash Pujan or Kalash sthapna. For this ritual, people prepare an altar to keep the kalash. They light diyas as well as incense sticks around the altar. Afterwards, they fill the Kalash with water and place some coins in it.
This water is usually water from sacred rivers like Ganga.

Then, they place a coconut on top of the Kalash. Furthermore, people draw four lines on the coconut with Kumkum. These four lines represent the qualities of Chaturvedas, a sacred Hindu text. Then they tie a red thread around the Kalash and draw a Swastik on it. Lastly, they cover the coconut with mango or betel leaves, decorate the Kalash with a red cloth and place it on Akshat.

5. Durva Pujan

Durva is a very special plant which holds a lot of religious significance in Hinduism. People use this plant on various religious as well as auspicious occasions. For Mahalakshmi Pooja, devotees tie sixteen blades of the Durva grass together.

Then, they dip it in sacred water, and afterwards, they sprinkle that water on themselves and their family members. They also sprinkle this water in various spots in their homes. This welcomes positivity in their homes as well as makes them pure.

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Mahalakshmi Vrata Katha

Whoever reads or listens to the Mahalakshmi Vrata Katha gains immense benefits from Goddess Laxmi. This is a story which teaches us the importance of genuine as well as sincere prayer. These stories behind our festivals serve as an important reminder for various life lessons. They also help us connect with our cultures in a deeper sense.

1. Story of Yudhishtira

In the great epic Mahabharata, the Pandavas lost their wealth in a gamble against Kauravas. Therefore, Yudhishtira, the eldest of the Pandavas, went to Lord Krishna to ask for his guidance. He asked Krishna to tell him a way to regain their wealth back.

Therefore, Lord Krishna told him to keep the Mahalakshmi Vrat. The god told him that by keeping this vrat, he could regain his wealth and also receive blessings from goddess Laxmi. Listening to Krishna’s advice, Yudhishthira kept a fast for sixteen days and, therefore, regained his wealth.

2. Brahmin’s Story

Once upon a time, there lived Brahmin, who was devout of Lord Vishnu. He prayed to Lord Vishnu, upon which the god answered his prayers. The Brahmin asked Lord Vishnu about how he could invite the goddess Lakshmi to his house.

Lord Vishnu told him that if he visited the temple in the morning, he would find a woman there. She would be applying cow dung cakes to the walls of the temple. The god told the Brahmin that the woman was Mahalaxmi and he could invite her home.

The Brahmin did as told and invited the goddess home. To this, she told the Brahmin to observe the Mahalakshmi vrat for 16 days and perform Mahalakshmi Pooja. The Brahim kept the vrat, and as a result, Goddess Laxmi resided in his house and gave him her divine blessings.

3. Charumati’s Story

Another story behind this auspicious vrat is Charumati’s story. According to Hindu mythology, once goddess Laxmi appeared in Charumati’s dream. The goddess told her to keep the Mahalaxmi vrat for sixteen days.

As a result, Charumati told her friends about her dream. Therefore, all of them kept the Mahalaxmi Vrat. Goddess Laxmi was pleased by their efforts, and hence, she blessed them with various jewels and riches.

As we conclude our Mahalakshmi Pooja, our hearts are filled with joy and gratitude. Through this festival, we immerse ourselves in the divine presence of Goddess Lakshmi. Therefore, we seek her blessings for wealth, prosperity, and fulfilment. As we step forward, may the blessings of Mahalaxmi continue to guide us, showering us with abundance and happiness. To read more about such interesting festivals, visit InstaAstro’s website and download the app.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

1. What to eat during Mahalaxmi Vrat?

During the Mahalaxmi Vrat, you should consume vegetarian satvik food. You should avoid consuming alcohol, ginger, garlic, and onions, as well as non-vegetarian food items.

2. Why does Mahalaxmi sit on an elephant?

Goddess Lakshmi sits on an elephant as it symbolizes strength, royal power, and stability. The elephant represents auspiciousness and prosperity, which is a symbol of the goddess’s ability to provide abundance and fortune to her devotees.

3. What is Mahalakshmi meaning?

Mahalakshmi means goddess Laxmi. She is the Hindu goddess of fortune as well as abundance. She is also the wife of the supreme Hindu god, Lord Vishnu.

4. Do I need to do 16 friday fasting for goddess Laxmi?

If you cannot keep a vrat for all sixteen days, you can fast for three days. These days are the 1st, 8th and 16th days of this auspicious period between the Bhadrapada month and Ashwin month.

5. What are the benefits of Mahalakshmi Pooja?

Performing Mahalaxmi Pooja brings various benefits to people. These include financial prosperity, business growth, spiritual enlightenment, and the removal of obstacles and difficulties.

6. Which mantra to chant during Mahalakshmi Pooja?

There are various mantras and prayers you can chant Mahalaxmi Pooja. The most common mantra is the “Lakshmi Beej Mantra” (Om Hreem Shreem Lakshmibhayo Namaha).

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