Lakshmi is worshiped by offering flowers and fruits along with Puspanjali. Owl in her bahan. Kojagori or Ko jagrati, means Who is awake. Hindus believe Lakshmi comes at night with wealth, and knocks the door of the house and the one remaining awake is entitled to the treasures.
In Bengal Kojagari Lakshmi puja is done in the Ashwin Sharad Purnima, the first full moon after the autumnal durga puja. Extensive preparations are made to please the Goddess Lakshmi. Prasad is distributed to devotees at the end of worship with the special preparation of assorted Narkel Naru made with coconut.
Lakshmi, also called Mahalakshmi the great Lakshmi, is one of the most popular goddesses of Hinduism, Mother Goddess is consort shakti of Vishnu also called Narayana, especially when it is in association with the Goddess and his female counterpart, and mother of Kama, God of Love. As such it is often referred to with the attribute of shri lady and mata mother as well as must goddess as the other goddesses. Lakshmi is the Goddess of wealth, fortune and abundance whose image is found in every home, to protect the welfare and prosperity of the family.
Mahalakshmi is also the bearer of spiritual wealth, and you are associated with gifts such as intelligence, enlightenment and inner awakening. It is said of her being more radiant gold, shining like the moon, and even brilliant as the sun and shining like fire. But the power of Lakshmi is even more profound and esoteric meaning is associated with immortality and the essence of life. Mahalakshmi is the personification of the Divine Mother, whose blessing is revealed through prosperity and participation in life's abundance.
Mahalakshmi, like the other goddesses of the Hindu pantheon, was probably founded as a pre-Vedic goddess of fertility and abundance. In the Vedic literature she appears at the time of the war between the devas beings of light and asuras demonic beings. Its origins are in the SRI sukta Hymns to shri, which was added to the RIG VEDA the holy book of Hinduism before 1000 BC.
The story goes that the great rishis, the sage Durvasa known for his fiery temperament a garland of flowers that would never wilted from a beautiful girl. He then made a gift to Indra, king of devas, Indra gave the garland to his elephant sacred Airavata. The elephant trampled the flowers, however, and so it was that Durvasa cursed Indra and all the gods, irreverent and arrogant.
Following this curse came to pass that the asuras, always fighting with the devas, were able to oust the demigods from heaven. Deva, defeated, fled from the Creator Brahma, who asked the devas and asuras to churn the ocean of milk to get the nectar of immortality. The Devas then asked the help of Vishnu, who took the form of the tortoise Kurma and provided the basis for supporting Mount Mandara, which was used as a stick, while the king of nagas serpents, Vasuki, made from rope.
Among the divine treasures appeared from the churning of the ocean of milk, there was also Lakshmi, who chose immediately Vishnu as a companion as the only one able to control Maya illusion. As a result of these origins, Lakshmi is also called the daughter of the sea, and sister of the moon, also appeared from the churning. names and images of Lakshmi Goddess is represented as a beautiful woman of golden complexion, with four arms as Vishnu's consort, sitting or standing on a lotus flower, or a lotus in her hands.
Her hands are adorned with jewels and so present: one offers blessings and give support - the woman rests now in its deepest character, is her growing children, it is she who takes care of family relationships and bringing peace. What if the world not an extended family. Another hand spreads donating money welfare and economic stability - if you can not meet their basic needs are not able to pay attention on the Spirit, having money, but it means to be stingy if he does not spend on others, to give them protection demonstrating generosity.
The other two hands hold a lotus flower, call to Mother Earth, as well as being delicate, colorful, fragrant, feed on insects ugliest offering them shelter, and thus represent love and hospitality. Cascades of gold coins flowing from one of her hands or sometimes by holding a cup in her hand suggest its connection with the ancient Mother Goddess, whose main attribute was plenty.
Her clothes are embroidered in gold and red and red and gold are also the colors of the robes of Indian brides, symbolizing prosperity and action. Lakshmi is the active energy of Vishnu, that Hinduism is purely feminine rather than masculine. Both govern the scope of the virtue of the energies that feed and maintain their existence, and the energies of purity and knowledge.
Her images are also characterized by the presence of water courses and two or more elephants, which symbolize, among other things the unremitting efforts, in accordance with their own dharma and inspired by the wisdom and purity higher, leading to material and spiritual prosperity.
The virtue of her divine characteristics, there are many names with which they turn to you her faithful Padmasundari fascinating as a lotus, Padma Mukha as beautiful as a lotus, Padmakshi she who holds the lotus, Padma Maladhara devi goddess with lotus garland, Padmapriya lover of the lotus, Bhargavi daughter of sage Bhrigu, Narayani, wife of Vishnu, Dharidradvamghini, one who fights poverty.