" KOJAGARA VRATHA " can also be called as pooja for INDRA & LAKSHMI. Indra is the brother of Lakshmi. This is cleberated on Ashwayuja - Shukala Paksha - Pournami - Night. From morning. we do not take food after our usual pooja to gods, we get prepared for this Pooja, which is done after late evenings (i.e after sun set) as we wait for the Moon to rise. Here Indra is worshipped on a White Elephant ( IRAVATHA ). Usually for slokas on Lakshminarayana, we should also light about 100000, 1000 or 100 deepas as per our willingness. We have lighted 100 only. During the pooja time we should play games with our family members like the " Dice " (called "dhaya kattai" in tamil) the whole night. It is also believed that we should offer tender coconut & pal payasam (a milk based dessert) to the Moon light and then offer it to Lakshmi & Indra.
Its believed , Lakshmi with Narayana along with her brother Indra who go round , during this time, it is Lakshmi who offers boon for the people who are doing the pooja & playing the dice during this time (hence KO - JAGARTHI - means who is not sleeping during this night).
This year it was observed on the 14th of October.
Kojagori/Kojagari Lakshmi Puja During Ashwin Mahina: This festival takes place in the Hindu month of Ashwin (September-October). That day it is full moon or Purnima. This celebration is commonly performed by the Bengalis immediately after Goddess Durga Puja.
On Kojagara or the night of awakening, devotees fast and stay awake all night. It is believed that the Goddess visits every household at night and asks â€œKo Jagartiâ€ which means who is awake. So those who are awake, they are blessed by Lakshmi Devi. She bestows her devotees with good fortune and prosperity.
Kojagori Vrath also coincides with the harvest season. It is known as Navanna (Nav- new, Anna â€“ grain). From this day, the new grains derived from the fresh harvest is offered to the Deity and then consumed.
This amazingly elaborate rangoli was made by Veena Mathur on the occasion of Diwali. She started out with a rough free-hand sketch on the floor with a chalk and then used rangoli colours to colour it. It took her four hours from start to finish for this rangoli.
"Sumangali" means married women. It is customary, for a married hindu woman, to invite other married ladies for a religious ritual (puja), followed by a feast during festival days like Ugaadhi, Dasara and for Varalakshmi pooja. After the feast, the ladies are offered gifts which have symbols of "auspiciousness" like the turmeric, vermillion, flowers and beetle leaves (with areca nuts).
This rangoli was created by Lakshmi and Bharathi. It has items like: Betal leaves (with nuts) placed with coins, fruits, cones of mehendhi or henna, flowers on plates, soaps, talcum powder boxes, colorful glass bangles, coconut oil in small plastic bottles, Kajal boxes, mini boxes of turmeric and kumkum (vermillion).
This is a kolam drawn in pooja rooms to honour Sree Devi. Auspicious symbols like "Om" are written in the middle of the kolam with turmeric powder and vermillion. The following Devi mantra is also chanted while worshipping the goddess.
Sarva Mangala Maangallyey,
Shivey Sarvaartha Saadhikey,
Sharanyey Thriyambakey gauri,
Aayur Dehi, Dhanam Dehi,
Vidhyam Dehi, Maheswari.
Samastha Mahilam Dehi,