Goddess Varalakshmi Vratham Pooja and Its Importance
In Hindu mythology, Goddess Varalakshmi is one of the most propitious avatars of Goddess Laxmi. The word “Varalakshmi” is a combination of two words “Vara” and “Lakshmi”. In Sanskrit, “Vara” means “boon”, and “Lakshmi” means “prosperity and wealth”.
Goddess Varalakshmi is also known as Varamahalakshmi. Goddess Varalakshmi, the goddess of boon, is renowned for Varalakshmi Vratam, which is celebrated with great pomp and shows in several parts of the country. This popular Varalakshmi Vratam and Varalakshmi Pooja is a very sacred ritual and is performed on a grand scale.
The auspicious Varalakshmi Vratam 2023 will be celebrated on the 25th of August, Friday. This popular Pooja is performed by women. This ritual starts on the second Friday or a day before, i.e. is Thursday on Full Moon during the Shravan month. Varalakshmi Vratam is observed by married women for the good health and fortune of their family members, exclusively the husband.
It has been mentioned in the Hindu mythology that praying to Goddess Varamahalakshmi on this auspicious day is the same as praying and performing rituals for Ashtalakshmi. Goddess Ashtalakshmi is known as the eight goddesses of Earth, Wealth, Love, Wisdom, Fame, Contentment, Peace, and Strength.
Importance of Varamahalakshmi Vratham
Varalakshmi Vratam is one of the most renowned Hindu festivals, which is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi or the goddess of richness and prosperity. This majestic festival is celebrated on a grand scale in several states of the country, including Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and Maharashtra.
Goddess Varalakshmi is the sole controller of prosperity, wealth, wisdom, courage, and fertility. Both males and females worship Varalakshmi Vratam Pooja for good luck and to accept blessings for themselves and their family.
Observing fast and performing rituals for Varalakshmi Pooja or Vratam is considered similar to worshipping 8 varied forms of Mata Lakshmi. It has been believed that if devotees perform this sacred ritual will be benefited from the followings:
- Dhanam (Financial gains)
- Dhanyam (Food and other eatables)
- Arokkyam (Health and wellness)
- Sampath (Richness and prosperity)
- Santhanam (Children)
- Veeram (Courage)
- Deerka Sumangali Bakkayam (Long life of husband)
- Gaja Lakshmi (Debts free)
This festival begins with fasting. Women fast during the entire day and have food after completing the puja rituals.
Varalakshmi Vrat Katha
It has been believed that, Goddess Parvati performed rituals and kept fast for Lord Shiva for the happiness, prosperity, and long life of the family. On this auspicious Varamahalakshmi festival, a special puja is performed to please the goddess to obtain blessings and good luck.
According to Hindu mythology, one day Goddess Paravati asked Lord Shiva about Varalakhsmi Vratham. How is the fast observed, and what are its benefits? Lord Shiva narrated a very beautiful story about a lady named Charumathi. Charumathi was a very sincere, humble, and religious kind of homemaker. Goddess Lakshmi was very happy and satisfied with her dedication and loyalty towards her family.
Once Mata Lakshmi appeared in her dreams and asked her to worship Varalakshmi and keep Varalkshmi Vratam for the well-being and good health of her family. Charumathi did all the preparations, called her neighbours, relatives, and friends, and performed all the rituals as directed.
Varalakhsmi Puja Vidhi
Varalakshmi, or the Goddess of boon, is known for granting wishes to her devotees. The wedded ladies of the house keep fast and perform the puja for the welfare of their family, especially the husband, children, etc. The day begins with a fast during the early morning on Friday and finishes when all the rituals are done.
List of Varalakshmi Puja:
- The face of Goddess Lakshmi or earthen pot
- Sandalwood paste
- Akshata (Rice coated with turmeric/Manjal Podi)
- Rice flour & colours for creating beautiful rangolis
- Turmeric Powder
- Banana leaves
- Betel leaves
- Mango leaves
- Lotus flower
- A wooden plank/Peetha or Thambaalam
- Rice Grains
- Betel Nuts
- Seasonal Fruits
- Dry Fruits & Nuts
- Panchamrit made up of dry fruits, ghee, fruits, nuts, and jaggery.
- Scented water to be filled in Kalash made up of cardamom, saffron, cloves, mace, and edible camphor.
- Mahalakshmi Strotam book
- Thoram ( A holy thread consisting of nine knots with nine strings coated with turmeric)
- Pongu nool (A sacred thread coated with turmeric to be worn around the neck)
- Thamboolam is to be distributed among married women after the puja is completed. Thamboolam is a kind of set that includes banana, coconut, betel leaves, nuts, blouse pieces, yellow thread, and 1 Rupee coin.
Varalakshmi Vratam Puja
The festival begins the day before i.e. is on Thursday. The celebrations start early in the morning. After getting up early in the morning, women clean the puja vessels along with the Kalash or pot. During Varamahalkshmi Pooja, lamps are filled with oil and kept beside the statues of Goddess Lakshmi and Ganesha. They make torans, rangoli, and arrange Pooja thali for the next day rituals of Vralakshmi Vratam Pooja.
On Thursday at 5:30 pm, cleaning each room and mopping the floors should be done. Once cleaning is done, draw two kumkum lines and one line each of turmeric on the corners of the entrance. Now place small dots of Chandan and kumkum on these lines. Now light the oil diyas. Now take a wooden plank and place a banana leaf and cover it with rice. Now place the idol or image of Goddess Varalakshmi. All preparation is done for the next day’s puja.
The procedure of Varalakshmi Vratam
- Women wake up early on Friday morning. Take a head bath, wrap a silk saree and wear gold pieces of jewellery.
- Women keep fast till the end of Varalakshmi puja. Elderly women can have milk and fruits during the fast.
- Colourful Rangoli is drawn, and a wooden Peetha is placed before the procedure begins.
- Now place a banana leaf on Peetha and over the leaf with rice. Now take the Kalash filled with scented water along with coconut and betel leaves on the Peetha.
- Now wrap the coconut with a new piece of cloth in a tapering shape.
- Apply some turmeric powder to the coconut and decorate it with ornaments. You can also buy Goddess face from the market.
- Pongu nool is to be tied around the coconut in resemblance to the mangal sutra.
- Now apply a dot of kumkum and Chandan and start puja vidhi by lighting a ghee lamp.
- Recite the Lakshmi Mantra “Om Hreem Shreem Lakshmi Bhyo Namah”
- Use Lakshmi beads while you recite Lakshmi Mantra.
- You can also perform Mahalskhsmi Puja on this auspicious day. The Puja begins with Kalash sthapana.
- Panchdev Sthapana
- 64 yogini puja
- Kshetrapal puja
- Swasti Vachan
- Sankalp, Ganpati puja and Abhishek
- Navrgrah Pujan and recitation of Mantras
- Lakshmi idol puja and Abhishek
- Worship Lakshmi Yantra
- You can recite various Lakshmi mantra
- Aarti and Pushpanjali
- Begin Puja with Lord Ganesh and recite mantras
- Now chant the Lakshmi mantra and offer flowers.
- After this, perform Thoram Pooja and Mangal Aarthi. Offer naivedyam.
- Now you can wrap a thoram on the right-hand wrist.
- Mix kumkum and chandan with water in a pot and recite Mangal Aarti.
Varalakshmi Puja Mantra
Goddess Varalakshmi mantra: ‘ॐ ह्रीं श्रीं लक्ष्मीभयो नमः॥ Om Hreem Shreem Lakshmibhayo Namah॥
During Varamahalakshmi Vratam, you can also worship Mahalakshmi Puja, Ashtalakshmi Puja, Lakshmi Kuber Puja, and Yagna, Dhan Akarshan Sidh Puja, and various other auspicious puja’s.
Goddess Varalakshmi is the ruler of Seven Mukhi Rudraksha. Hence, wear these Rudraksha beads on Varalakshmi Vratam 2021 as it helps in purifying your inner soul and strengthen your will -power, boost your self-confidence, and draws fiscal opportunities as well.
Mantra For Wealth:
ॐ सर्वाबाधा विनिर्मुक्तो, धन धान्यः सुतान्वितः।
मनुष्यो मत्प्रसादेन भविष्यति न संशयः ॐ ।।
Om SarvaBadha Vinirmukto, Dhan Dhaanyah Sutaanvitah |
Manushyo Matprasaaden Bhavishyati Na Sanshayah Om ||
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