Even though Diwali is linked to Lord Rama, Lakshmi the Goddess of prosperity and wealth is worshipped also . It is believed that Lakshmi visits every home during Diwali and brings prosperity with her.
On the appointed day of diwali “Lakshmi-Puja” is performed in the evenings. A traditional Puja is performed after sunset in all the homes. Five earthen lamps (diyas) are lit in front of the deities. Alongside, Naivedya or the traditional offering of sweets is offered to the Goddess and devotional songs in praise o the deity are sung
After the Puja people light diyas (lamps) in their homes to usher in light, and symbolically obliterate the darkness from their lives.
Steps for the performance of pooja
Clean the house and then bathe the pictures of Gods first with water, then with panchamrita/or rose water, followed by water once more.
Now light the main lamp ( diya) in front of the Deities.
Make a Panchamrita with 5 ingredients of milk, curd, ghee(clarified butter), sugar & Honey.
Place some sweets and fruits as prashad and place it before the throne so that they may be blessed by the deities. .
Make offerings of flowers, abir (red colour), sindoor (vermillion), haldi (turmeric). Light the agarbatti and lamps filled with oil or ghee .
Next offer betel leaves or cloves. Now pray to the dieties to seek their blessings.
Ganesha is to be worshipped in all ceremonies before any other god or goddess.That is because he is remover of obstacles
Place Lotus and other flowers at the feet of Laxmi as an offering. A silver coin is to be placed before the deity during the puja. Now perform Arti with flowers, lighted lamps and accompanied by the tolling of bells.
Finally bow in reverence before the deities and sing Lakshmi Aarti