Lakshmi Puja is the important puja observed on Sharad purnima, the Full Moon day in the month of Ashin. This Purnima is known as the brightest night of the year.
Sharad Purnima Lakshmi Puja 2016 will be celebrated on October 16. On this festival, idols of Goddess Lakshmi are installed in sanctified puja places in Sarvajanik pandals as well as in houses.
Devotees worship the Goddess with Shodashopachar Puja and offer many types of food and clothes. Mainly the idols of the Goddess are depicted in Red coloured sari and adorned with ornaments and various types of other decorating items. Her golden complexion makes devotees to feel that they are blessed with pleasure and peace. She holds a potful of gold in her left hand and rice crop in her left hand.
The Goddess blesses her devotees with her Abhaya and varada mudras (blessing postures).
Bengal people celebrate Durga Puja in Durga Navratri period, Lakshmi Puja in Sharad Purnima and Kali Puja in Diwali period.
In other places of India, Sharad Purnima Lakshmi Puja is celebrated as Kojagari lakshmi Puja. Kaumudi Puja and Indra Puja are also observed on the Full Moon day in Ashin month.