Worshipping Lord Ganesha and Goddess Laxmi is the on the eve of Diwali is the most important thing that no one can miss. People often wonder why both of them are worshipped together on the auspicious day of Diwali.
Well, it is for the reason that the festival of Diwali is celebrated to bring in prosperity in the family in all the spheres of life. It is considered that Goddess Laxmi is considered as the deity of wealth and Lord Ganesha is considered as the emblem of knowledge and intelligence. On this festival of lights, people wish to bring bright light in every sphere of their life. So, Lord Ganesha and Goddess Laxmi are worshipped together to summon prosperity that is acquired with knowledge and intelligence.
Laxmi & Ganesha are worshipped together on Diwali
We all know that, everything gets to start on an auspicious node only if it starts by worshipping Lord Ganesha. Therefore, starting life afresh on an auspicious node on the day of Diwali, worshipping Lord Ganesha is obvious. It is believed that worshipping Ganesha removes all the obstacles on the way and makes it smoother to carry on the task.
On the other hand, Goddess Laxmi is worshipped with so much conviction and reverence on the day of Diwali because it is believed that Goddess Laxmi visits every single house on this festival of lights to wish the family with prosperity, love and fulfilment.
But you are still not convinced on why it is that Lord Ganesha and Laxmi are worshipped together only on the day of Diwali?
Let’s explain it by illustrating with this story related to the same:The Story behind worshipping Lord Ganesha and Laxmi together on the day of Diwali:
The story goes like, once there was a conversation between Goddess Laxmi and Lord Vishnu and the Goddess of wealth seemed very much arrogant for her power to bestow everyone with affluence and prosperity. The scriptures explain that she grew so very much big-headed about herself that Lord Vishnu had to think for a way to let her be generous even if she is powerful.
She got into a fierce conversation of self-praise and started thinking that she is the wealthiest of all and she is the one who bestows upon all the wealth to people. Lord Vishnu did not find it good enough for her to be so much self-centred. As a result of this, her husband Lord Vishnu decided to find a way to make her realise her mistake.
Lord Vishnu, in a very benevolent tone said that, it does not matter if a woman has all the wealth; she is incomplete if she does not have the blessing of a child. Since, Goddess Laxmi does not have a child, this pinched her very much. He said that, is only the happiness of bearing a child that completes a woman and wealth does not play any role in that. This made Goddess Laxmi very disappointed!
She thought of going to Goddess Parvati, with a heavy heart, to get help from her. She asked Parvati to let her adopt one of her children. But, Goddess Parvati was not willing to give any of her children because she knew that, Laxmi does remains in a stable form at one place. This will make her child to suffer as Laxmi would not be able to take proper care of the child. Upon this, Goddess Lakshmi gave her the assurance that in every possible way she will try to take proper care of the child and give him all the happiness possible.
This convinced Goddess Parvati and taking cognisance of the pain of Goddess Laxmi, she allowed her to adopt Ganesha as her son. On this, Goddess Laxmi became so very much ecstatic and promised that she will take all the care of Ganesha and whosoever will worship Goddess Laxmi have to worship Ganesha first. Wealth cannot be acquired without acquiring knowledge and intelligence. And, people will not be able to get the blessing of Goddess Lakshmi without worshipping Lord Ganesha.
And, this is the reason that Goddess Laxmi is always worshipped with Lord Ganesha! It has been established that without acquiring the adequate knowledge and intelligence to spend, wealth will only be useless. You can only be able to make most the wealth that you have acquired by any means if you have adequate intelligence to spend that wealth intelligently. So, we should never forget to worship Ganesha before the Laxmi Pujan at the time of Diwali.