Durga Puja is just over and people are getting all prepared to celebrate Lakshmi Puja on Wednesday. In Agartala too, people flocked to the market on Tuesday to buy various stuff for Lakshmi Puja like paan, flowers, makhana, sweets, betel nuts, rice, mango leaves, coconut, fruits, sweets, etc., beside idols of Goddess Lakshmi.
Though the marketplace was full of people, devotees complained that prices had “touched the roof”. Nevertheless, price rise was “not a deterrent” for people to worship Goddess Lakshmi on the occasion of Sharad Purnima or Kajogari Purnima.
Shopkeepers told Northeast Now that this year, buyers were less due to the “skyrocketing prices”. On Lakshmi Puja day, people in most households wake up early, observe fast and prepare delicious bhog and prasad to offer to the Goddess in the puja that is performed in the evening.
Most people in India worship Goddess Lakshmi on Amavasya Tithi during Diwali; however, Lakshmi Puja on Purnima Tithi is performed in the month of Ashvin and is known as Kojagara Puja. In Tripura, West Bengal, Orissa and Assam, the most important day to worship Goddess Lakshmi falls on the full moon day in the lunar month of Ashvin.