Ujjain : Maharashtrian community people celebrated the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi while paying obeisance to Goddess Mahalakshmi here on Monday. Mahalakshmi Pujan is the festival of worshiping Goddess Parvati celebrated.

Many people bring home small idols of the Goddess Mahalakshmi in the same manner as the Ganpati idols were brought home, with a lot of fanfare and whoops of joy, often accompanied by the loud beating of drums. On the day of Mahalakshmi Pujan all Maharashtrian women stay awake the whole night and play traditional games. Goddess Mahalakshmi is Lord Ganesha’s mother. Goddess Mahalakshmi is considered to be one of the many forms of Shakti, the Mother of the universe, with lots of power. Goddess Mahalakshmi is symbolic of fertility and motherhood and of the victory of good over evil.

The idol of Goddess Mahalakshmi is always brought home four days after the beginning of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival and is worshipped with the Lord Ganesha idol for one and half day. To welcome Goddess Mahalakshmi home, first her footsteps are symbolically drawn at the threshold of the home, either with rangoli powder or with kumkum. The idol of Goddess Mahalakshmi is placed next to the idol of Lord Ganesha. The next day, Chhappan bhog (special meal) is offered to the Goddess.

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