Varalakshmi Vratam The traditional month of Sravanamasam / Aavani is considered to be very auspicious especially for women.

Women perform the famous Mangalagouri vratam on Tuesdays and Mahalakshmi puja on Fridays during the month. Varalakshmi Vratam is the most important of festivals of them all. Varalakshmi vratam happens to be a sacred day for the Hindus. Popularly known as “Varalakshmi Vrata” it is performed by married Hindu ladies on Friday before the full moon day during the month of Sravana(August). Those who are unable to perform it on that day can do it on any of the Friday during that particular month. The Vratha is performed more in the Southern part of India in states such as Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu and also in some parts of Orissa and Maharashtra. The puja is performed by Hindu women who are married to seek the blessings of Lord Vishnu, who is considered to be the God of prosperity and wealth. It is believed that worship of Goddess Lakshmi will bring health, wealth and prosperity. Vara means boon. Needless to say, performing puja (in the form of a Vratam) to Goddess Varalakshmi will bring in boons to those who performs with utmost devotion. This puja is performed by the women folk irrespective of their caste and creed. The name Varalakshmi can be interpreted in two ways. In one sense, Varalakshmi is one who grants boons. In another, she is the Goddess who is invited into the home and honored. The different types of benefits that will accrue thanks to performing the Varalakshmi puja are Dhan (Money), Dhanyam (Gains or Food), Arogyam (Health), Sampath (Property), Sathsanthanam (Virtuous offspring) and Dheerga saumangalyam (Longevity of the husband). Significance Eight forces or energies are recognised and they are known as Sri (Wealth), Bhu (Earth), Sarasvati (learning), Priti (love), Kirti (Fame), Santi (Peace), Tushti(Pleasure) and Pushti(Strength). Each one of these forces is called a Lakshmi and all the eight forces are called the Ashta Lakshmis or the eight Lakshmis of the Hindus. Vishnu is also called Ashta Lakshmi Padhi which is equivalent to saying that he is the asylum for the eight-Lakshmis or forces. In fact, Vishnu representing the preservative aspect of the universe, radiates these forces from him. These forces are personified and worshipped as Lakshmis, since abstract force is beyond the comprehension of the ordinary people. As health, wealth and prosperity depend upon the rythmic play of these forces, the worship of Lakshmi is said to be to obtain these three. Only a woman can sympathise with women. Lakshmi is a woman. So she will more readily sympathise with women. Hence this festival is observed largely by women, invoking the blessings of Lakshmi on them, their husbands and their children. Varalakshmi Nomu believed to be the day in which Goddess Lakshmi was born from Sea falls on July 31, 2009. Praying to Goddess on this day is said to be equivalent to worshiping Ashtalakshmi (the eight goddess of wealth, earth, learning, love, fame, peace, pleasure, and strength) especially Dhanalakshmi. That is the reason why families also have a habit of buying gold jewellery or gold

Goddess Adilakshmi. In some cases. as a sign of welcoming Dhanalakshmi into their houses. The story happens in a beautiful town called Kundinagaram located in the Kingdom of Vidarbha (Vidarba Rajyam). Varalakshmi Vratam is performed by married women for the welfare of their husband. The Lord tells her that performing Varalakshmi Vratam will bring in sowbagyam to the women folk. they found kankanams made of navaratnams to their hands. Hindu women perform this vrata with utmost faith and trust till today. they found immense wealth. she will present the entire family the gift of health. Lakshmi Ksheerasamudra rajatanyam sri rangadhameswareem Dasibootha samastha devavanitham lokaika deepamkuram Sri manmanda kataksha labdhivibhat brahmendra gangadharam Twamtrayamlokyakutumbhineem sasijavandemukunda priyam Then she wore nine threads Thoranam to right hand and offers naivadyam to Goddess Lakshmi Devi. It is believed that if one worships Goddess Lakshmi on this day. The prescribed day for the pooja is the Friday of the month of Sravan in the fortnight known as Sukla paksha. In that Kundinagram town. Charumathi wakes up and tells her husband about the dream. He narrates the story and explains the process of performing the vrata to Goddess Parvathi. On the second circumstance. On completion of the third circumstance. wealth. With this. She recites the following sloka along with other women with utmost faith and devotion. women prayed for being blessed with children.coins during Varalakshmi Vratam. peace and happiness. Andelu and other ornaments. Since then. Lord Eswara concludes telling the story to Goddess Parvathi. Varalakshmi Astottaranamavali is recited As the legend goes. preceding the full moon day. this is a pooja that was pronounced by no other than Lord Parameswara to be performed by his consort Parvathi to seek prosperity and happiness for the family. Then Charumathi offers Tambulam to the brahmin priests and distribute the vrata prasadam to the relatives and lead a happy life. Thus it came to be emulated by married women who sought boons (varam) for the health. This vrata has to be performed on Friday that falls before Poornima in Sukla Paksham in Sravanamasam. Legend of Varalakshmi Vratam Varalakshmi Vratam Story One day when Lord Eswara is relaxing in Kailasa giri. she heard she found Gajjelu. being pleased by her devotion tells Charumathi in a dream and directed her to perform the vrata to enable Her to fulfil her desires. Goddess Parvathi approached Him and asked him to tell a vrata that gives wealth and prosperity. . On the completion of the first circumstance. children and household. wealth and knowledge for the entire family. Charumathi along with some neighbourhood women takes bath in the wee hours and prepare a mandapam and invites Varalakshmi Devi.

They worshipped Vara Laxmi with utmost devotion and offered special recipes and fruits to please her. Goddess Lakshmi loves cleaner and tidier homes. Women gets up early in the morning (during Brahma Kalam) and take bath. Since the time. The kalasa comprises of a small pot on which a coconut is placed. Celebration of Varalakshimi Vratam Women tidy their home. She also told to her friends and the word spread throughout the town. The preparation for the puja begins few days before the actual puja day. A small Mantapam (or mandapam) is set up by drawing rangoli. diamonds. Atop the coconut.Another Legend or Story of Vara Laxmi Vratram is explained here. Kum kum marks are applied. She was very much devoted to her husband and family. Rice is spread on the rangoli and a kalasa is placed on the rice. She was very humble and kind in her nature. a Brahmin woman lived in a town. The household should be cleaned and the entrances of the house are smeared with turmeric powder. the Full Moon day in Shravan Month. The coconut is applied with turmeric and is richly decorated with kumkum. a cloth is placed to look like a cap. friends and the women of the town observe Vara Laxmi Vrata. Women shop gold ornaments and new clothes (that are placed before the Goddess Lakshmi on the puja day). Devotional songs are sung in praise of the deity. Kundina. The features of . On the Friday before Shravan Purnima. Preparation for Varalakshmi Vratham Ancient texts say that those who perform the puja have to observe fast on the eve of Varalakshmi Vratam. Laxmi asked Charumathi to observe Varalaxmi Vrata on the Friday just before Shravan Purnima. The actual puja day will be a very busy one. Goddess Laxmi also explained the Vrata procedure and the best day to observe Vara Laxmi Vrata. jewels and gold. They all lived happily in their rest of life. Goddess Laxmi appeared in her dream and told her to worship Vara Laxmi and seek her blessings. it is a general practise to make the house clean and tidy the day before the puja day itself. keep it clean. Hence. Charumathi along with her family. Puja related vessels are cleaned and polished. One night. Vara Laxmi Vrata is observed on the Friday which comes before Shravan Purnima during Shravan month. women have begun observing Vara Laxmi Vrata every year on the specific Friday. Married women perform the puja and invite neighboring ladies in the evening to receive offerings. They wear beautiful clothes and deck themselves up with jewelry. Charumathi. The front yard is decorated with rangolis (colorful design drawn on the floor). Goddess Vara Laxmi appeared before them and granted boons to all of them. Their houses were filled with grains. Charumathi informed about the dream to his husband and family.

a brahmin woman Charumathi. Together they sing songs in praise of the Goddess. Some decorate the Kalasha with jewels to make it appear more beautiful. The main puja of Varalakshmi Vratam is performed after that. In the evening all the ladies in the locality are invited and are offered tamboolam (betel leaves. This method is gaining ground among the society as this also adds to the families riches in the form of jewellery. Lord Ganesh is worshipped first which is the usual practice before any puja or ritual. who is considered to help in getting rid of obstacles as well as evil forces. the devotees invoke Goddess Varalakshmi to enter the Kalasha. The deity is worshipped through an elaborate puja. Varalakshmi Astottaranamavali Om prakrutyi namaha Om Vikrutyi namaha Om Vidyayai namaha Om Sarwabhoota hita pradai namaha Om Sraddayai namaha . She prays for prosperity and wealth in her home. She. who is considered to be Goddess Varalakshmi and sweets as well savories are offered. turmeric as well as dakshna (money). Flowers are used to enhance the decoration. Varalakshmi Vratam is an auspicious occasion for a married Hindu woman. Then a coconut that is smeared with vermillion and turmeric powder is placed on the Kalasha. The puja starts with the worship of Lord Ganesha. Hymns are sung in praise of the deity. Ritual of Varalakshmi Vratam One method of making kalasam exists where only gold jewellery is placed within the kalasam and is partially filled with holy water from any river. while another one is tied on the right hand of the woman. after which Charumathi as well as all those who attend were bestowed wealth. betel nuts fruits. organizes the puja and invites her friends and relatives to the puja. The puja begins by arranging the kalasha or what is known as the sacred pot. therefore. Subsequently. Jewelry is put round the coconut. who is performing the puja. an ideal housewife serving her in laws and husband dutifully has a dream in which Goddess Mahalakshmi appears and asks her to perform puja to Varalakshmi. Then torams ( it consists of nine threads with about nine knots) are worshipped and one is tied around the Kalasha. Nine types of sweets as well as savories are offered to the Goddess. The pot is filled up with water and rice symbolizing prosperity.the Goddess are also drawn on the coconut to make the image of Her to facilitate worship. Then they chant Lakshmi Ashtottara Shatanamam (it is a list consisting of a hundred names praising the Goddess). Another woman is invited. It is then covered with mango as well as betel leaves . According to the legend. A new cloth is placed on the coconut. Special eateries (called pindi vantalu) are cooked.

Om Vibootai namaha Om Surabhai namaha Om Paramatmikamai namaha Om Vache namaha Om Padmalai namaha Om Padmai namaha Om Suchai namaha Om Swahai namaha Om Swathatai namaha Om Dhanyai namaha Om Hiranmai namaha Om Lakshmai namaha Om Nityapushatai namaha Om Vibhaavarayai namaha Om Adityai namaha Om Deeptai namaha Om Vasudaai namaha Om Kamalayai namaha Om Kantayai namaha Om Kamakshai namaha Om Rakrodasambhavai namaha Om Anugrahapradayai namaha Om Buddai namaha Om Anughooai namaha Om Harivallabhai namaha Om Asokhai namaha Om Amrutai namaha Om Deeptai namaha Om Lokasokavinasinai namaha Om Dharmanilayai namaha Om Karunai namaha Om Lokamatrai namaha Om Padmapriyai namaha Om Padmahastai namaha Om Padmashai namaha Om Padmasundrai namaha Om Padmodbhavai namaha Om Padmamukhai namaha Om Padmamaladharai namaha Om Ramaaai namaha .

Om Daivai namaha Om Padminai namaha Om Padmagandhinai namaha Om Punyagandhayai namaha Om Suprasannai namaha Om Prasadabhimukhai namaha Om Prabhai namaha Om Chandravadanai namaha Om Chandrai namaha Om Chandrasahodarai namaha Om Chaturbhujai namaha Om Chandraroopai namaha Om Indirai namaha Om Induseetalai namaha Om Ahladajannai namaha Om Pushtai namaha Om Sivai namaha Om Sivakartai namaha Om Satai namaha Om Vimalai namaha Om Viswajannai namaha Om Pushtai namaha Om Daridraynasinai namaha Om Preetipushkaranai namaha Om Santai namaha Om Sukla malyambarai namaha Om Srivai namaha Om Bhaskarai namaha Om Bilwanilayai namaha Om Vararohai namaha Om Yasiswai namaha Om Vasunadharai namaha Om Vudaaragai namaha Om Harinyai namaha Om Hemamalinai namaha Om Dhanadhayakartai namaha Om Siddiai namaha Om Shtanasowmayai namaha Om Subhapradai namaha Om Nrumavesmagataa nandanai namaha .

Om Varalakshmai namaha Om Vasupradaai namaha Om Hiranyaprakrai namaha Om Samudratanai namaha Om Jayai namaha Om Mangaladevai namaha Om Mangalai namaha Om Devayai namaha Om Vishnuvakshastalastitai namaha Om Vishnupatnai namaha Om Prasannshai namaha Om Nnarayana samasritrai namaha Om Daridradamsai namaha Om Daivai namaha Om Sarvopradavarinai namaha Om Navadurgai namaha Om Mahakalai namaha Om Brahamavishnusivatmikai namaha Om Trikalagyana sampanai namaha Om Bhuvaneswarai namaha Om Varalakshmai namaha .

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