Dedicated to Mata Lalita, this Lalita Jayanti is celebrated every year on the full moon day of Shukla Paksha of Magha month. This year it is on 5th February 2023. Maa Lalita is worshipped on this day with full rituals. According to the scriptures, Mata Lalita is considered the third Mahavidya among the Dus Mahavidyas. If Lalita Jayanti is done with full rituals, then Mata Lalita is pleased and blesses the person with happiness and prosperity in life.
Why is Lalita Jayanti celebrated?
Devotees get salvation by worshipping Devi Lalita on this day. By worshipping Mata Lalita with full faith, one becomes free from the cycle of birth and death. Therefore, Devi Lalita is worshipped with great devotion on Lalita Jayanti.
Significance of Lalita Jayanti:
It is said that by worshipping Mata Lalita, one gets all kinds of siddhis. Maa Lalita is also known by names like Rajeshwari, Shodashi, Tripura Sundari etc.
According to legend, the description of Mata Lalita is found in Devi Purana. Once a Yagya was being performed in Naimisharanya. During this, Daksha Prajapati also came there and all the gods stood up to welcome him. But even after his arrival, Bhagwan Shankar did not get up. Daksha Prajapati found this insulting. In such a situation, to avenge this insult, Daksha Prajapati did not invite Shiva to his yagya.
When Mata Sati came to know about this, she reached the house of her father i.e. Daksha Prajapati without taking permission of Shankar. There, he heard the condemnation of Shankar ji from his father’s mouth. He felt very humiliated and gave up his life by jumping into the same fire pit. When Shiva came to know about this, he became very distraught. He carried the dead body of Mata Sati on his shoulder and started walking here and there in a frantic mood.
The whole system of the world fell apart. In such a situation, Shiva, being compelled, cut the body of Mata Sati into pieces with his chakra. Wherever her limbs fell, she sat in the same figures at those places. It became famous as the place of his Shaktipeeth.
Mata Sati’s heart fell at Naimisharanya. Naimish is a Lingdharini Shaktipeeth site. Here Bhagwan Shiva is worshiped in the form of Linga. Along with this, Lalita Devi is also worshiped here. After holding Bhagwan Shankar in her heart, Sati became famous in Naimish by the name Lingdharini. She is also known as Lalita Devi.
She is offered prayers mainly on Purnima (full moon day) and Shukla Paksha Panchami tithi (the fifth day during the waning phase of moon).
- Wear green color dress and performing the puja facing northeast.
- Create a mental picture of Goddess Lalitha in the mind.
- Light lamp using desi ghee (cow ghee) – light only one wick
- Offer yellow color flowers.
- Offer chandan (sandalwood paste).
- Offer Kumkum on SriYantra and chant Lalitasahasranama/Lalitatrishati/Khadagmala Stotra
- The sweet on the day should be of yellow colour.
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