Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth, prosperity and peace. Kojagari Lakshmi Puja
is another Bengali festival that is celebrated in every household. Lakshmi is one of the daughters of Durga who symbolizes wealth, peace and prosperity
and it is believed that on the auspicious day she visits the homes of devotees and blesses them. Goddess Lakshmi is generally represented as a beautiful
golden woman, usually sitting or standing on a lotus, her symbol.
The Bengalis celebrate Kojagari Lakshmi Puja on the full moon day (known as Purnima Night) that succeeds Maha Dashami. Maha Dashami
marks the end of the Durga Puja. Small clay idols of Goddess Lakshmi are installed in many households and in pandals for community puja. The pandals
which were erected for Durga Puja also conduct the traditional Kojagari Lakshmi Puja. The puja take place in the evening or night nut within the
specified time span. On the day women draw Alpana or Alpona patterns (something similar to Rangoli) at homes. The white color of the alpana is made
from ground rice and water. Small, face to face 'S' shapes, the most preferred Alpana, are drawn all over the homes to symbolize the footprints of
the goddess. Delicious Bengali Recipes on Lakshmi Puja night are cooked and are then given to Goddess Laxmi as an offering. A diya or oiled lamp
remains lit throughout the night as it is belived that Goddess Laxmi visits the houses and blesses the devotees. Also, there is a funny tradition
in some places where youngsters steals turmeric and ginger plants, fruits and flower during that night, may be because that is
the brightest night of the year.