This is Lakshminarayana Yantra. It is a free hand rangoli and is usually put during Lakshmi pooja.
Entered for diwali rangoli contest 2008.
Kolam named SWARNAPUSHPAM. The dots are 3, 6, 7, 8, 7, 8, 7, 6, 3 with designs on all the 6 sides.
" 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.