In 2018, 16-days Mahalakshmi Vrat begins on 17 September and ends on October 2, 2018. 16-days Mahalakshmi Vrata is observed in Bhadrapada Month – Ashwin Month as per North Indian Hindi calendar.
Women perform Lakshmi puja in early morning taking a ritual bath. After bath, in some places, women tie 16 knotted strings on to left hand and sprinkle some water using Durva grass blades on to their body. Before sprinkling water, the Durva grass blades are kept in water.
During Mahalakshmi Vrata, Sun God (Surya Bhagwan) is also worshipped. Sun God is offered water in early morning. Mahalakshmi Vrata in North India is continued for 16 days starting from Bhadrapad Shukla Astami till Ashwin Krishna Astami. As a part of Lakshmi Vrata in North India, Mahalakshmi Vrat katha is recited.
Mahalakshmi Vrata Vidhi (Step-wise Procedure)
Simple Mahalakshmi Puja, Step-wise Mahalakshmi Puja, Mahalakshmi Puja with Mantras, Slokas and Stotrams
om sarvebhyo gurubhyo namaḥ |
om sarvebhyo devebhyo namaḥ |
om sarvebhyo brāhmaṇebhyo namaḥ ||
prāraṁbha kāryaṁ nirvighnamastu | śubhaṁ śobhanamastu |
iṣṭa devatā kuladevatā suprasannā varadā bhavatu ||
anujñāṁ dehi ||
Atha devasya vāma bhāge dīpa sthāpanaṁ kariṣye |