Photo By: Bhanu Chalise
Posted Date: 29th October
Among all the festivities of the Tihar festival, the third day, also called Laxmi Puja, is perhaps the most celebrated. Every household worships Goddess Laxmi in the evening, wishing for their prosperity and wealth. This is carried out in the form of Puja, decoration, candle lights, and oil lamps. Usually it’s female in the family who performs the rituals. She uses her hand covered with red mud to make a symbolic foot-print on the floor entering the home and makes a trail leading to the Pooja room. It is extremely important to keep the house and streets spotlessly clean and pure on Diwali. Goddess Lakshmi likes cleanliness, and she will visit the cleanest house first. Lamps are lit in the evening to welcome the goddess. They are believed to light up her path.
This picture shows a public celebration on a street near the Thamel area. Not being confined to households such public decorations are also carried out in honor of the great Goddess. A beautiful design has been made with lights all around.