Guwahati: Right after Durga Puja Sharad Purnima is observed as Kojagari Lokkhi Pujo or Lakshmi in several parts of India particularly in Assam, West Bengal, Odisha and parts of eastern Bihar and this year it is being celebrated on October 20 (Wednesday).
Following the norms and protocols for COVID-19 Guwahati City is gearing up for the celebration of Lakshmi Puja.
The Ganeshguri market and the Beltola market is filled with Lakshmi idols, with garlands, flowers, fruits, earthen lamps and other decoration materials for the occasion. People are thronging the market to buy Lakshmi idols, fruits, vegetables and other puja items.
Buyers complained that the prices which had been already high this pandemic year, increased manifold during the pujas.
The same is with the Fancy Bazar market. People are busy buying puja items but are complaining about the high price.
As per drikpanchang.com, moonrise on Sharad Purnima will happen at 07.03 pm on 19 October and the Purnima tithi will end at 08.26 pm on 20 October.
This Lakshmi Puja is specially performed in households on Kojagari Purnima or Sharad Purnima.
According to legend, the Goddess Lakshmi visits the houses of people to bless them when they worship her at night.
Kojagari is derived from the Bengali words Ke Jago Re meaning ‘who is awake’ and it is believed that on the day of Kojagari Lakshmi Puja, Goddess Lakshmi takes around on the Earth’s orbit and relieves her devotees from their woes.
Those who remain to awaken on the night of Sharad Purnima are blessed with health and wealth. The puja is performed by the woman of the house as it is believed that in every woman Maa Lokkhi resides.