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Lakshmi Puja, Kojagari Puja -

Lakshmi Puja (also known as Kojagari Puja) is a popular religious festival of Hindus that falls on the new moon day (Amavasya) of Krishna Paksha in the month of Ashwin.

In west Bengal, Assam and Orissa, people worship Goddess Lakshmi on full moon day of Hindu lunar month of “Ashwin”. This auspicious day of Ashwin called “Kojagari Poornima” and Lakshmi Puja on this poornima also known as “Kojagari Lakshmi Puja”. Lakshmi Puja is celebrated in every household in Bengal.

Goddess Lakshmi symbolizes wealth, prosperity and peace. Lakshmi is one of the daughters of Maa Durga. She represented as a beautiful woman, sitting on a lotus. She is also known as the consort of Lord Vishnu.

People worship Goddess Lakshmi at night of the “Kojagari Poornima” and the schedule time for the puja is well maintained by the devotees and they also cook delicious foods to offer Goddess. Khichri, Luchi, Naru are some delicacies prepared for offering to the Goddess.

It is said that Goddess Lakshmi visits homes of devotees and provide them with wealth. So a lamp is lit outside the house to welcome her.

According to folklore Goddess Lakshmi visits households asking “Ko Jagriti” means “who is awake?” and those who awake at the time are blessed with good fortune, wealth and prosperity. This is the reason why devotees awake whole night on this auspicious day.

Fasting is the most important part of this puja. Devotees keep fast for whole day and break the fast after worshiping Goddess Lakshmi and offering food to the Goddess.

The doorways and the place where puja will be performed are decorated with beautiful designs, drawn by the paste of rice, called “Alpana”; it is one of the main characteristics of the kojagori Lakshmi puja. A pot full of rice is always kept beside the Goddess. It is symbolized the good flow of wealth in the house. Lamps and incense sticks are also lighted. As it is believed that Lakshi doesn’t like noise, so only the conch shell is blown during the puja.

A Kalash or pot filled with water is kept in front of the idol of the Goddess and some rice grain and “Dubba” which is a type of grass with three twigs put under the Kalash. A “Swastik” is drawn with the paste of red vermilion and mustered oil. Place a bunch of five mango leaves in the “Kalash” and put, betel leaves, betel nut on it.

# Name of the Festivals Date
1 April Fool Day 01 April, 2017 (Saturday)
2 Odisha Day 01 April, 2017 (Saturday)
3 Bank Holiday 01 April, 2017 (Saturday)
4 Lakshmi Panchami 01 April, 2017 (Saturday)
5 Rohini Vrat 01 April, 2017 (Saturday)
6 Skanda Sashti 01 April, 2017 (Saturday)
7 Yamuna Chhath 02 April, 2017 (Sunday)
8 Navapad Oli 03 April (Monday) - 11 April, 2017 (Tuesday)
9 Masik Durgashtami 04 April, 2017 (Tuesday)
10 Ram Navami 05 April, 2017 (Wednesday)
11 Babu Jagjivan Ram Birthday 05 April, 2017 (Wednesday)
12 Kamada Ekadashi (Shukrodaya) 07 April, 2017 (Friday)
13 Vamana Dwadashi 07 April, 2017 (Friday)
14 Pradosh Vrat 08 April, 2017 (Saturday)
15 Shani Trayodashi 08 April, 2017 (Saturday)
16 Panguni Uthiram 09 April, 2017 (Sunday)
17 Mahavir Jayanti 09 April, 2017 (Sunday)
18 Purnima Upavas 10 April, 2017 (Monday)
19 Chaitra Purnima 11 April, 2017 (Tuesday)
20 Hazrat Ali’s Birthday 11 April, 2017 (Tuesday)
21 Hanuman Jatanti 11 April, 2017 (Tuesday)
22 Jallianwala Bagh Day 13 April, 2017 (Thursday)
23 Baisakhi / Vaisakhi 14 April, 2017 (Friday)
24 Rongali Bihu / Bohag Bihu / Haat Bihu 14 April (Friday) - 16 April, 2017 (Sunday)
25 Tamil New Year / Puthandu 14 April, 2017 (Friday)
26 Dr Ambedkar Jayanti / Bhim Jayanti 14 April, 2017 (Friday)
27 Vishu Festival 14 April, 2017 (Friday)
28 Sankashti Chaturthi 14 April, 2017 (Friday)
29 Solar New Year 14 April, 2017 (Friday)
30 Mesha Sankranti 14 April, 2017 (Friday)
31 Vishu Kani 14 April, 2017 (Friday)
32 Biju Festival 14 April, 2017 (Friday)
33 Good Friday 14 April, 2017 (Friday)
34 Bengali New Year / Poila Baishakh 15 April, 2017 (Saturday)
35 Easter 16 April, 2017 (Sunday)
36 World Haemophilia Day 17 April, 2017 (Monday)
37 Patriots' Day 17 April, 2017 (Monday)
38 World Heritage Day 18 April, 2017 (Tuesday)
39 Kala Ashtami, Kalashtami 19 April, 2017 (Wednesday)
40 Garia Puja 21 April, 2017 (Friday)
41 Varuthini Ekadashi 22 April, 2017 (Saturday)
42 Shri Vallabhacharya Jayanti 22 April, 2017 (Saturday)
43 Earth Day 22 April, 2017 (Saturday)
44 World Book Day / International Day of the Book 23 April, 2017 (Sunday)
45 Shab E Miraj 24 April, 2017 (Monday)
46 Pradosh Vrat 24 April, 2017 (Monday)
47 Manav Ekta Divas 24 April, 2017 (Monday)
48 Papmochani Ekadashi 24 April, 2017 (Monday)
49 Masik Shivaratri 25 April, 2017 (Tuesday)
50 Darsha Amavasya 26 April, 2017 (Wednesday)
51 Parashurama Jayanti 28 April, 2017 (Friday)
52 Varshitap Parana 28 April, 2017 (Friday)
53 Akshaya Tritiya 28 April, 2017 (Friday)
54 Matangi Jayanti 29 April, 2017 (Saturday)
55 Ramanuja Acharya Jayanti 29 April, 2017 (Saturday)
56 Basava Jayanti 29 April, 2017 (Saturday)
57 Vinayaka Chaturthi 29 April, 2017 (Saturday)
58 Rohini Vrat 29 April, 2017 (Saturday)
59 Adi Shankaracharya Jayanti 30 April, 2017 (Sunday)
60 Surdas Jayanti 30 April, 2017 (Sunday)
61 Kaila Devi Fair
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