What Are The Rituals Of Mahalakshmi Vrata?
As with all festivals it does depend on the region you are in.
Women begin by cleaning their houses and decorating the front with rangoli art (coloured powder patterns).
The sacred pot or kalash is prepared by being filled with rice and water, decorated with mango and betel leaves, and a coconut decorated with turmeric placed on top.
The prayer ceremony starts with praying to Lord Ganesha, who is believed to lift obstacles. The Lakshmi Ashtottara Shatanamam (a list of hundred and eight names in praise of the deity) is then recited.
The ceremony ends with the reciting of the Mahalakshmi Vrata Katha in some regions.
Anyone observing this festival will fast for most of the day.