Diwali is one of the most popular festivals on India. The rituals and values trace a long way back. But even today these values and rituals hold a place of great importance. Lights, diyas, mithai and gifts have become an indispensible part of this festival. But in this article we shall be talking about why lord Ganesha and goddess Laxmi are worshipped together on Diwali.
On the auspicious day of Diwali which is believed to bring prosperity and peace in our life, we generally worship lord Ganesha and goddess Laxmi together. It is only on this particular day that goddess Laxmi is worshipped with lord Ganesha instead of lord Vishnu.
Laxmi puja is a ritual that is performed on Diwali, the festival of lights. It is believed that people who light oil lamps and worship goddess Laxmi on this day with true heart and soul are blessed with prosperity and goodness. Goddess Laxmi symbolizes wealth and money, thus she is usually worshipped by people who wish to acquire wealth. But goddess Laxmi only visits those houses which are clean and have hard working people. Just by praying goddess Laxmi, you won’t get wealth. You have to make continuous efforts in the direction. One must make a rangoli to welcome goddess Laxmi into their house on Diwali.
The ritual of Laxmi puja is to worship a total of 5 deities. Lord Ganesha is worshipped at the start of all new ventures. On the day of Diwali he is especially worshipped as Vighneshwara. Next is goddess Laxmi in 3 forms – Mahalaxmi (goddess of wealth and money), Mahasaraswati (goddess of learning, books and knowledge) and Mahakali. Last but certainly not the least in this list of deities is Kubera – the treasurer of gods. By worshipping lord Kubera you are offering him to become the treasurer of your wealth and money as well. Keep in mind that while performing Laxmi puja on Diwali you must recite Shri Ganesha aarti before reciting goddess Laxmi’s aarti.
There is another story that explains why lord Ganesha and goddess Laxmi are worshipped together on Diwali. Once when goddess Laxmi and lord Vishnu were having a conversation, goddess Laxmi was praising herself and boasting about her abilities. She told lord Vishnu that by worshipping her people can get all the pleasures and happiness in the world. To reduce goddess Laxmi’s ego, lord Vishnu told her that although you have all these qualities, but you still cannot feel the joys of motherhood. And for a lady motherhood is the most important happiness of the world. She became disheartened and went to goddess Parvati to seek help. Laxmi ji said to Parvati ji that since you have two sons, could you please give me one of your sons. This way I would also get to feel the joys of motherhood. Goddess Parvati loved both her sons, lord Ganesha and lord Karthikeya immensely and could not decide who to give to goddess Laxmi.
She made a tough decision and gave lord Ganesha to Laxmi ji. It was then that goddess Laxmi said that she would be giving all her love and prosperity to lord Ganesha. In addition to this goddess Laxmi also promised goddess Parvati that Ridhhi and Sidhhi, Lord Brahma’s daughters would get married to nobody other than lord Ganesha. Goddess Laxmi declared that whenever my worship will be performed, Lord Ganesha’a worship will be a must. The worship would be considered incomplete if lord Ganesha is not worshipped. That’s the reason why lord Ganesha and goddess Laxmi are worshipped together on Diwali.