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Lakshmi Puja Varsha Pratipada The Conventional Puja

LakshmiThe third day of Deepawali is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi. This day is popularly known as Chopada Puja among the Business community. Glowing lanterns and shimmering lamps adorn the thresholds to welcome the Goddess of wealth and prosperity – Goddess Lakshmi. Lakshmi- Puja falls on the dark night of Amavasya. There are several legends related to this day. Some believe that on this auspicious day Lord Krishna discarded his body. Another interesting legend associated with this day is that of a young boy Nichiketa. He was of a strong belief that Lord Yama – the god of death was terrifying to look at. It is believed that on this day Lord Yama manifested before him. Nichiketa was rather surprised by Yama’s benign countenance. It was on this auspicious day that Yama explained the intricacies of life and death to Nichiketa. He then realized that death is the ultimate reality of life. And thus Nichiketa realized the importance of the perennial cycle of life.

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