Lakshmi Kubera Pooja for Diwali You will also find it here - http://www.indusladies.com/culture/lakshmi-kubera-pooja-for-deepavali/ Part 1: It is customary and auspicious to pray to Lord Kubera & Goddess Mahalakshmi for prosperity through out the year. This “Lakshmi Kubera Puja” is best done in the evening on Deepavali day. If one can light 16 small lamps using ghee during the puja, it is auspicious. For Mahalakshmi, archanai can be done with vilvam leaves which is very auspicious. One can buy silver vilvam leaves, available in shops. Alternatively, silver coins, copper coins, flowers or kumkum can also be used. The picture of Kuberan with Mahalakshmi is available, which can be used. If not, a picture of Lakshmi is enough. For Kuberan archanai, coins are best used. For naivedyam, Sarkarai Pongal or Milk with honey and a drop of ghee can be used. I am giving a very simplified format here. I am aware one cannot spare a longer time on Deepavali day ! In tamil a person is blessed thus “ Pathinaarum petru peru vazvu vaazka”. To achieve that, it is necessary to worship Shodas(h)a Mahalakshmi and Kuberan. The 16 Lakshmis are: Soundaryalakshmi - Beauty Soubhagyalakshmi - all blessings in life Keerthilakshmi - fame & name Veeralakshmi - Courage Vijayalakshmi - success Santhanalakshmi - progeny Medhalakshmi - brilliance Vidyalakshmi - education Thushtilakshmi - contentment Pushtilakshmi - good health and courage Jnaanalakshmi - self-knowledge S(h)akthilakshmi - power Shanthilakshmi - peace of mind Samrajyalakshmi - success in profession and career Arogyalakshmi - good health Adi Mahalakshmi - Main core of all the other Lakshmis Kuberan is worshipped for financial prosperity. Shodas(h)a Mahalakshmi Dhyanam: Yaa s(h)ree svayam aavirbhaboova jagathhidaaya prasannavadanaam Shodas(h) phalapradaam bhagavatheem vandae aravindasthithaam Ya s(h)rih shadhastha viraajamaanaa saa varam dadaathi sampoojakaanaam Thasyai s(h)reeyai namo(a)sthhu sathatham namaami thaam aadilakshmeem s(h)ubhaam S(h)ri dhanaakarshana s(h)ri Kubaera sahitha s(h)ri Mahalakshmeem dhyaayaami Archanai: Om s(h)reem S(h)reeyai namah Om s(h)reem Soundaryalakshmee sampannaayai namah Om s(h)reem Soubhagyalakshmee parivruthaayai namah Om s(h)reem Keerthilakshmee saevithaayai namah Om s(h)reem Veeralakshmee aas(h)rithaayai namah Om s(h)reem Vijayalakshmee vandithaayai nanah Om s(h)reemSanthanalakshmee sthuthaayai namah Om s(h)reem Maedaalakshmee maedithaayai namah Om s(h)reem Vidyalakshmyaa viraajamaanaayai namah Om s(h)reem Thushtilakshmee santhushtaayai namah Om s(h)reem Pushtilakshmyaa prasannaayai namah Om s(h)reem Jnaanalakshmee yukthaayai namah Om s(h)reem S(h)akthilakshmee samaethaayai namah Om s(h)reem S(h)anthilakshmyaa prasanna vadanaayai namah Om s(h)reem Saamrajyalakshmyaa alankruthaayai namah Om s(h)reem Aarogyalakshmyaa namaskruthaayai namah Om s(h)reem Aadilakshmee ithi virrajamaanaayai namah Lakshmi Ashtothra S(h)athanama Stotram in tamil Neeranjanam: Neeranjanam sumaangalyam karpooraena samanvitham Chandraarka vahni sadhrs(h)am grhaana harivallabhae sarva dukkhopa s(h)aanthyartham sarva mangala avaapyartham aavaahithaabhyo sarvathaabhyo devathaabhyo karpoora neeranjanam sandars(h)ayaami Prarthana: Yaa hi vais(h)ravanae laksmeeh yaa chendrae harivaahanae Saa raavanagr(u)hae sarvaa nithyamaevaanapaayinee Yaa cha raajah kubaerasya yamasya varunasya cha Thaaddhr(u)s(h)ee tadvisishtaa vaa rh(u)ddhee rakshogr(u)hoshviha Svargoyam daevaloko(a)yam indrasyaeyam puree bhavaeth Siddhirvaeyam paraahi syaandithyamanyatha maaruthih Continued in the next post. Love & regards, Chithra.