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Lalita Jayanti 2024: Date, rituals, puja timings, significance and celebrations

By, New Delhi
Feb 24, 2024 10:09 AM IST

Lalita Jayanti is celebrated every year on the full moon date of the month of Magh. All you want to know about rituals and signifiancance of the day.

Lalita Jayanti is celebrated annually on the full moon date of the month of Magha along with the auspicious vrat of Magha Purnima. Goddess Lalita is one of the ten Mahavidyas and is also known by the name of Tripura Sundari or Goddess Shodashi. The day is celebrated with much fanfare by Maa Durga devotees who worship the goddess by visiting her temples and also attend various darshans and jagratas organised in her honour. Goddess Lalita or Shodashi is depicted as a 16-year-old girl with dusky, red or gold in complexion with third eye on her forehead. Mahavidyas can help people fulfill their specific wishes and each one of them has a specific Yantra and Mantra for the same. Maa Lalita or Tripura Sundari is considered the most beautiful in all the three worlds. (Also read | Masi Magam 2024: Date, significance, rituals, celebration of the Tamil festival)

Goddess Lalita is one of the ten Mahavidyas and is also known by the name of Tripura Sundari or Goddess Shodashi.(Pinterest)
Goddess Lalita is one of the ten Mahavidyas and is also known by the name of Tripura Sundari or Goddess Shodashi.(Pinterest)

Lalita Jayanti 2024 Date

Lalita Jayanti is being celebrated on Magha Purnima on February 24, Saturday, this year. (Also read | Guru Ravidas Jayanti 2024: Date, history and significance)

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Lalita Jayanti 2024 Puja Muhurat

Lalita Jayanti Tithi begins on February 23 at 3:33 pm and will end on February 24 at 5:59 pm.

Lalita Jayanti 2024 history: The story of goddess Lalita

As per the legend, during a Yagya organised in Naimisharanya, Lord Shiva failed to get up to welcome his father-in-law Daksha Prajapati, father of Sati, even though all other God stood up in his honour. This infuriated Daksha Prajapati who refused to invite Lord Shiva for the Yagya organised by him. When Mata Sati came to know about this, she reached her father's house. She couldn't bear the criticism and ill-words about her husband and jumped into the fire. A distraught Lord Shiva carried Sati's corpse around the world. It is said, Lord Vishnu used his chakra to cut Sati's body into 51 pieces so that she could reincarnate. Each part of the body was converted into a Shaktipeetha. In Naimisharanya, goddess is worshipped as Lalita Devi.

Lalita Jayanti 2024 significance

One of the ten Mahavidyas, Mata Lalita is kind and graceful and blesses her devotees with prosperity, wisdom and liberation. Worshipping goddess Lalita is also associated with attaining all sorts of pleasures and comforts in life. Goddess Shodashi's devotees are blessed with accomplishments and worldly pleasures. Worshipping the goddess can also help one get rid of all past sins. According to Drikpanchang, Shodashi Sadhana is done for pleasure as well as for liberation. Tripura Sundari Sadhana provides strength to control body, mind and emotions.

Lalita Jayanti 2024 rituals

  • An early morning bath is taken and fresh clothes are worn to worship Goddess Lalita
  • Her idol or picture is placed in the puja sthaan and is bathed with Holy Ganga water.
  • The puja area is decorated with flowers and rangoli and a bhog of sweets is offered to Goddess Lalita.
  • Ghee diya is lighted and the idol is decorated with flower garlands. Puja and aarti is performed.
  • Food and clothes are donated to the poor.

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