By Swami Harshananda
Śripañcamī is one of the minor festivals. It is observed on the Mārgaśira-śukla-pañcamī day. It is a sacred day dedicated to Śrī or Lakṣmī worship. The worship is offered to a metallic or clay image or even to a picture. Honoring chaste married women and donating a cow to a worthy person are recommended. The worship may also be carried on for one full year, observing it as a vrata on the śukla-pañcamī every lunar month.
- It is the fifth day in the bright half of the month Mārgaśira, generally in November/ December.
- Vrata means religious vow.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore