The tradition of drawing footprints of Goddess Lakshami on Diwali
In Hindu culture and tradition, on the occasion of Diwali, there is a practice of drawing Shripada, Goddess Lakshmi's footprints, on the threshold of the house pointing inwards. Symbolically the drawing of Shripada is to welcome Goddess Lakshmi.
FLOOR PAINTING or alpana or rangoli of Goddess Lakshmi’s feet is very popular in many parts of India. Often, Shripada is made whenever Goddess Mother is worshipped, i.e during Varalakshmi puja, Navratri Lakshmi puja, Diwali
Lakshmi puja. Those people who perform monthly or yearly fasts dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi also draw the Shripada as rangoli after cleaning their houses on the day of the fast.
With Diwali comes Laxmi Puja as the most important religious ritual on Diwali. On the auspicious moment of Laxmi Puja, the footprints of Laxmi are imprinted with a rangoli material. These footprints are drawn from the entrance of the house and going to the place of worship.
In the inset picture, simple images of the footprints of the Goddess of Wealth Lakshmi have been depicted. These footprints are generally drawn in white and Vermillion. They, in fact, are the ancient graphic designs depicting Lakshmi. Auspicious footprints are drawn at twilight to welcome Lakshmi, who bestows wealth and wisdom.
Some people also wear little charms of Lakshmi's footprints as a symbol of devotion to her compassionate ways of bestowing good fortunes.
At times, Lakshmi's footprints are drawn on doors, lids of coin boxes and money drawers. The belief is that the footprints allow Lakshmi to walk a path of richness and abundance into one’s life.