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Do you remember waking up on the big day of Diwali and getting ready for a grand Pujan? Beautifully decorated idols of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi used to be there. You used to recite your prayers and present your offering to them as a standard ritual of Diwali. It is one of those feeling blessed moments and mystic part of the festival of light. Full of positivity and spreading that vibe everywhere around, the holy chant of prayers gives peace like none other. Before reminiscing the moment further, have you ever wondered why we conduct Lakshmi and Ganesh Pujan on Diwali?
Talking individually first, Lord Ganesha is known to be a god of wisdom and intelligence, while Laxmi is a goddess of wealth and prosperity. Ganesh and Laxmi Puja is done together due to many reasons. The first and the foremost being, one should always have wisdom and intellect before gaining wealth and prosperity to utilize it and not misuse it. It is crucial to have a proper mindset before gaining wealth. When we conduct Lakshmi Puja without Lord Ganesha, it is considered incomplete for the same reason.
Some people also believe and support mythological stories behind Lakshmi and Ganesh Pujan on the grand occasion of Diwali.
One of them is that years ago, One day, Goddess Lakshmi was talking to her husband, mighty Lord Vishnu. After a while, the conversation became awkward when Lord Vishnu observed that Goddess Lakshmi made it entirely about her. The conversation became self-centered from the side of Goddess Laxmi as she was praising only herself. Lord Vishnu found it absurd as Goddess Laxmi was praising herself only for all worldly graces and joys and considered herself the most renowned divinities in the creation. He could not stand it and thought to do something about reducing her self-esteem and ego. In Hindu mythology, there is a strong belief that motherhood completes a woman.
As goddess Laxmi did not have a baby, he told her about it, and this deterred Goddess Lakshmi. She went to Goddess Parvati for help and expressed the desire to adopt one of her sons to experience motherhood's grace. She requested that she wanted to raise either Kartikeya or Ganesha. Goddess Parvati was not in support of giving any of her sons to Goddess Lakshmi, because Goddess Lakshmi used to keep moving from place to place and did not reside at one place to live. That is why Goddess Prvating was in perplexity whether Goddess Laxmi should take up the responsibility or not.
Then Lakshmi ensured Parvati that she would do her best and take care of son. She promised her that the prayer would not be complete whenever someone worships her without worshiping the son she adopted from Parvati along with her. People who would not worship both of them together, they will never get blessed with joy, money, wealth, and victory. On discovering this, Parvati got willing and gave Ganesha to Lakshmi. Since then, God Ganesha and Goddess Laxmi are worshipped together to overcome obstacles and emerge out of them as wiser and more prosperous.
Another belief of people is that when Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after returning, he worshipped Lord Ganesh and Goddess Laxmi. Since then, people have been following the same ritual in Diwali.
That was about the why part, and everyone has their own set of beliefs for the same. Goes without saying that Laxmi Ganesh Pujan is a vital and aesthetic part of Diwali, and so should be its preparations. Now you can buy puja essentials like Diwali diyas and Lakshmi and Ganesha idols online. Online shopping will save you from the pain of market hustles, and you can even grab some great offers when looking to buy Lakshmi and Ganesha idols online. You can find the great collection on verified sites like brass puja items, exquisitely designed Ganesh and Laxmi idols, Puja thali, hand-painted Diwali diyas, and other such elegantly crafted puja essentials.
Rituals keep the essence of the festival together. They bind us all together in a way so pure that nothing else can. Families meet up to conduct this custom, forgetting everything and spreading love.
Diwali being a festival of light, aims to bring light to everyone's life. A person to lives a bright life needs wisdom and wealth. Lakshmi and Ganesh's puja seeks to bring that to everyone's home.