A Puja Thali is a metal plate, usually made up of copper, brass, steel, silver and sometimes even gold, in which are kept all those accessories(puja samagri) that are required to perform the puja(worship) of Gods and Goddesses. The Diwali Puja Thali is vital to the worship of Goddess Lakshmi and her brother Lord Ganesh that is an integral part of Diwali celebrations.
During Diwali, Hindus worship Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, and Ganesh, the God of auspicious beginnings, to usher in wellbeing and prosperity to individual homes. Innovative and attractive craft items, beautifully decorated pooja thalis are meant both for the home and for gift giving.
Pretty pooja thalis are specially decorated for the festive season of Diwali. Available in lovely shapes, these Diwali Pooja 'Thalis' make for pretty festive gifts. The range is wide, the price varies with the commodity and the quality is to be vouched for. Creativity, innovation and decoration is the key for such business ventures.
Embellished with beautiful designs these pooja thalis helps one perform Dipawali Pooja with great style and grandeur. The Diwali Pooja Thali contains all the essential accessories for a pooja, a bell, small katauri, a matka, a om coin and a leaf shaped tiny box to hold roli chawal. Idols of ganesh and laxmi, the great deities associated with wealth and prosperity, are also included in the set.
Pooja thali come in different shapes and sizes with varied decorated motifs such as floral and animals like elephant, and can be crafted in a wide range of metals from brass to silver and gold. The Thali decoration is a vital aspect of the Diwali rituals and hence, much care is taken in assembling together all the items needed for decorating the thali. Hindu kids greatly enjoy decorating the thali and consider it a privilege to recieve the permission to do so.
However, just before the puja it is up to the ladies of the home to ensure that the thali is in proper order for it is to be remembered that all items on the plate are actually offerings to the deities. The beautifully designed Diwali Puja Thalis are simply indispensable in performing worships during the festival of lights. This is how you can decorate traditionally a typical Diwali Puja Thali: