Gajalaxmi Puja celebration starts in Odisha from today (26 October 2015). The Gajalakshmi Puja is celebrated primarily in Dhenkanal town.
In Odisha, the Goddess of wealth is worshipped for one day. But in Dhenkanal, it is a 11-day festival dedicated to goddess Laxmi, which begins on Kumar Purnima.
Gaja Lakshmi Puja is celebrated on Sharad Purnima, full-moon day in the Odia month of Aswina (September-October). This autumn festival is one of the most popular and important festivals of Odisha.
Gaja Laxmi Puja is especially celebrated by the business community in Odisha. In all over Odisha beautifully made images of Goddess Gaja Lakshmi are installed and the festival instills a spirit of holiness and sanctity into the whole community.
Besides Dhenkanal, Gajalaxmi Puja is also celebrated in other districts and towns of Odisha, such as: Angul, Kendrapada, Chowdwar, Khurda, Jatni, Talcher etc.