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City celebrates Lakshmi Puja with much joy

The familiar sound of conch shells echoed all over the neighbourhoods, while several mouth-watering delicacies adorned the table.

Statesman News Service | Kolkata |

As the people of Kolkata begin getting back to the monotonous schedules of day to day life, they signed off the festive fervour by celebrating Lakshmi Puja today. Almost every Bengali household observed the ceremony, worshipping the goddess of wealth on full moon night (popularly known as Kojagori Purnima).

The city worshipped goddess Lakshmi with women and children drawing “alponas” (traditional decorative patterns) and footprints of the goddess Lakshmi using rice flour on the floor and across the doorways.

The familiar sound of conch shells echoed all over the neighbourhoods, while several mouth-watering delicacies adorned the table.

Families offered grains, flattened rice, fruits and gold ornaments to the deity who is worshipped in clay idols, photographs and paintings. Though the prices of fruits and vegetables required in this occasion were sky-high, it failed to curb the zeal of countless devoted Bengalis. The festivity is not just restricted to individual households, but families residing in housing societies collectively performed the puja with all the elaborate rituals.