How To Perform Lakshmi Puja
At the place of Puja, spread a clean cloth and put rice on it creating a bed.Place a Kalash (stoup) (filled with water, flower, betel nut and clean coin) on the bed of rice.Around the mouth of the Kalash, arrange some mango leaves.Place a Thali (plate) on this Kalash.Using turmeric powder, draw a lotus on the thali and place the idol of Goddess Lakshmi on it.Keep few coins on the plate.Place the idol of Lord Ganesha on the right side of the Kalash. Idols of other Gods can also be kept along.Close your eyes and chant ‘OM’ in your mind.Sprinkle some water on all the puja items.Apply Haldi (turmeric) and Kumkum (vermilion) on the Kalash and put a flower on it.Light an earthen lamp filled with Ghee.Take a flower or flower petals and rice in your hands, close your eyes and meditate on Goddess Lakshmi. Sprinkle the flowers or flower petals and rice on the idol of Goddess Lakshmi.Now put the idol of Goddess Lakshmi on a Thali. Clean it with water, Ghee, milk, curd, honey and sugar. At last, clean the idol again with water.Now, place it back on the Kalash.Offer garlands, sandalwood paste, vermilion and light incense sticks.Offer coconut, betel nuts, betel leaves, fruits and sweets.Now offer Batasha sweets and puffed rice.In the end, perform Aarti for Goddess Lakshmi.