Just like every year, we had Kojagari Lakshmi Puja at our place on 10th of this month. For those of you who find this new, let me give a brief history for this puja.
History of Kojagari Lakshmi Puja: Lakshmi Puja is an Indian tradition of worshipping Goddess Lakshmi for wealth and prosperity, both material and spiritual. Kojagari Lakshmi puja is celebrated on a full moon night (Pournima) after Dassera and prior to Diwali in Bengal and eastern parts of India. In western parts of India, it is tradition to boil the milk under the reflection of the moon and sings hymns of the Goddess. Lakshmi puja is celebrated in north India on the night of Diwali as well.
Living in a small flat, its impossible to afford the luxury of a separate room for the temple. However, like always Mom made a brilliant arrangement for the puja.
Moa or Mowa is a Bengali confectionery which is specially made during lokkhi pujo. It basically consists of khoi(puffed rice cereal) mixed with jaggery and made into ball-like shape using palms. Trust me, once you taste it, I bet….No one can eat just one 😉
Bhejano Chola (Soaked Bengal Gram) is served with grated coconut and sugar as one of the sweets offered to the Goddess for the pujo.
It is customary to offer atleast 5 kinds of sweets and 5 kinds of fruits to the Goddess as naivedya. The yellow book is the Lakshmi panchali read out during the Lakshmi Puja by the devoted.
More pics on their way…..