Lakshmi Puja was celebrated in households across West Bengal with usual fervour.
Ìdols of goddess Lakshmi and her ‘vahana’ owl were put up in houses and beautiful ‘alpana’ (rangoli) resembling the foot steps of the deity, drawn on floor.
Sounds of conch shells were heard from houses in the evening hours of the full moon night as families offered grain, flattened rice, fruits and sweets to pay obeisance to the goddess.
Lakshmi puja was also held in many community puja pandals but in a more solemn, low key manner unlike the grand Durga Puja celebrations some days back.
The puja, popularly known as ‘Kojagari Lakshmi Puja’, is a harvest festival celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu lunar month of Ashvin (September–October).
The full moon day is also known as Kojagiri Purnima, on which day devotees stay awake till late at night by observing fasts.