Dhenkanal, Oct 27: Odisha will celebrate the annual Gajalaxmi Puja 2023 from tomorrow. The Puja is celebrated on KumarPurnima in the month of Aswina for 11-days.
In Odisha, Laxmi Puja is celebrated in a grand manner in Dhenkanal which is almost a century-old tradition. The pandals have been decorated with dazzling lights. Besides, Meena bazaar is the main attraction of the pandals.
Self help groups (SHGs) and other traders will sell their products at the fair organised on the occasion. Besides Dhenkanal, Laxmi Puja is also celebrated in other places like Angul, Kendrapara, Choudwar, Khordha, Jatni, Talcher, and so on.
Not only in Odisha but also Kojagari Lakshmi Puja is celebrated across West Bengal, and Assam. Most of the people from other parts of the country also worship Maa Laxmi on Amavasya Tithi during Diwali, so that people will be blessed with health and wealth.
Gajalaxmi Puja draws its origin to Kumar Purnima which is also observed on this day - the last day of Ashwina month, marking the beginning of Kartika as per the Odia calendar. Kumar Purnima is mostly dedicated to all unmarried girls.