Ingredients for laxmi puja
*Icon of Laxmi or Supari on White rice representing 9 forms of Laxmi
*A gold or silver coin to represent Laxmi for her bath
*Handkerchiefs or pieces of cloth for wiping the coin representing Laxmi after it has been bathed
*Low stool(s) with square or rectangular tops (chouki or patta), 1 big one, or 2 small ones
*Ledger and account books, books where balance sheets are kept, cash box or safe or drawer where valuables are kept, coin purse made of cloth
*Ink pot, filled with black ink
*Coins – gold, silver or currency
*Three platters (thali)
*Incense (dhupa) preferably incense sticks
*Diyas- 2 big, 8 small. You can have 5, 11, 21, 51, or 101 lamps. These are the numbers in which they are traditionally used.
*Cotton for wicks or ready made wicks
*Clarified butter prepared at home (or desi ghee)
*Water (at least clean and pure), if not from the Ganga or a place of pilgrimage
*Panchamrta – Milk, curds, honey, ghee and pure water, together make up panchamrta or the five amrtas
*Madhuparka – Milk, curds, honey and ghee mixed together, also make madhuparka
*A container for madhuparka – if not made of precious metal, at least a decorative one
*Turmeric and lime powdered and mixed (roli). This is an extremely important ingredient
*Sandalwood powder, red and white, made into paste candana
*Untwisted red thread (mouli or kalava)
*Unbroken grains of rice (aksata or cavala)-an extremely important ingredient, at least half a kilogram.
*Metal or earthenware water pot (kalasa).
*White cloth – 2 meters – to be spread for the yajamana to sit on
*Red cloth – 2 meter – to wrap around the copra or spread on the chouki to represent the nine planets
*Tissues or paper towel
*Dried coconut (meva)
*Flowers and petals (of rose and marigold)
*Garlands (of rose and marigold)
*Fruit according to the season (rtufala), for example, bananas, apples, grapes, pomegranates, custard apples
*Parched rice (khila)
*Cloves (lavanga or long) 15 or 20.
*Saffron (kesara, dried stamens of the plant Messua ferria) – one small packet or sachet
*Nutmeg – 16
You must take a bath, and wear new, or at least clean, clothes, before starting to arrange for the actualceremony. The yajamana, should sit facing the east if the icon faces the west (purvabhimukham upaviseva). If the icon faces the east, you should sit facing the west (pascimabhimukham upaviseva).
This is a pot in the shape of an expanded vase (a lotacan be used in place of Kalash). Place water inside the Kalash. Place thebunch of 5 or 5 Mango Leaves inside the neck and place a saucer of rice ontop of the Kalash. (This Saucer represents the MOON). Place One big diya,filled with ghee, on the plate of rice resting on top of the Kalash (this represents THE SUN). Together they represent MAHA LAXMI. It is customary to setthe pot on some grains of unbroken rice. This pot represents Varuna, the God ofthe Ocean. AND LAXMI as Mother Earth.
Place the other big diya on your right hands side -this one is for arti the wicks should be of the rolled up type. Another diya should be kept on the side next to Ganesh. This can be a small one, with apulled up wick. This is for the purpose of performing arati later on. It should be placed on a small platter or tari on some rice.
Place a lower platform before the one on which the icons and the big diyas are placed. The red cloth should be spread on thislower platform. Now fill the other 8 (diyas) with ghee and wicks and place them around the Kalash in a Half circle with the circle towards you. Each diya is placed on a rice platform.