Kolkata: The festivities associated with Durga Puja hardly come to a conclusion before Bengalis gear up to celebrate Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu deity popularly associated with wealth and prosperity.
Goddess Lakshmi is one of the primary deities of Hindus. She bestows the worshippers and devotees with abundance of wealth and prosperity in life. Kojagori Lakshmi puja is celebrated on the full moon day in the lunar month of Ashwin. Kojagari Lakshmi puja is celebrated with fun and frolic across Bengal. Almost in every house people worship Goddess Lakshmi on the auspicious day of Kojagari Purnima. This year it is on Thursday and everyone is waiting for the arrival of Goddess of wealth.
This is exactly five days after Dussehra or Vijaya Dashami, the day which marks the end of Durga Puja celebration in Bengal. But the price hike of daily goods are creating trouble for the common mass. As the price of everything has hit the market, the price of the things like flowers, fruits and vegetables has also gone high that has increased trouble for the middle class Bengalis.
But, ignoring all these issues everyone is eagerly waiting for the Goddess of wealth to welcome her. At present, the price of apples Rs 120-150per kg, Sweet Lime (Musambi) Rs 15-25 pair, Banana Rs 100 a dozen. Paniphal Rs 80 per kg, Guava Rs 90 per kg, Coconut Rs 30-40 per piece, Price of flowers have also increased. Price of pulses like Mung Dal RS 130-150per kg, Masur dal Rs 120 per kg etc.
The price of the ‘bhog samagri’ has hit the market so much that it has led to huge pocket pinch for the common mass.