Howrah: An agriculture based village of Howrah, Khalna situated nineteen 19 km away from Bagnan station that celebrate Kojagori Lakshmi Puja with great enthusiasm.
Many people resides here who used to celebrate Lakshmi Puja. Counting all the small and big budget pujas, there are many puja that took place in the area. Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped on this day in several parts of the state. In West Bengal, Kojagari Lakshmi Puja is celebrated with great enthusiasm.
The villagers used to sell their produce in the city to live their needs. So they worship Goddess Lakshmi with great devotion to feed their faith and turn the village more productive. The village has faced huge loss in 1978 flood situation. There is a belief that they return back to the normalcty with the blessing of Lakshmi after worshipping relentlessly.
Durga Puja is not the biggest festival for them, Lakshmi Puja has got the prority. There is a belief that many years ago, Maa Lakshmi worshipped here with immense belief.
It is said the the word ‘kojagari’ or ‘kojagiri’ is derived from the expression, “Ko Jagorti?”, meaning “who is awake?” Descending on the Earth on this day, Goddess Lakshmi is said to go around asking this, and gives Her blessings to people who replies int he affirmative. At many places, people stay awake at night on this day to be able to respond to her call, and get Her blessings.
In most of the Bengali households, women keep a fast on Kojagori Purnima, cook bhog for Goddess Lakshmi and worship Her. Making beautiful ‘alpana’ (rangoli) and drawing Lakshmi footprints using rice paste form an integral part of the puja. Educational institutes and office establishments observe a holiday on this day.
The village residents who stay outside the place returns on this occasion. Three days fair organised on this occasion. People from the native village visits and participate in Lakshmi Puja.