Varamahalaxmi Pooja-Vrat is celebrated on the Shukravaras (Fridays) of Shravanamaas. It is considered that the second Friday occurring on 20th August in 2021 in Shukla Paksha (Bright Fortnight) before full moon of Shraavan to be more auspicious.
Varamahalaxmi Pooja or the Varamahalaxmi Vratham is mainly performed by married women for the wellbeing of their entire family especially for the spouse’s wellbeing. Performing Varamahalaxmi Vratham on this auspicious day is equivalent to worshipping Ashtalakshmis who are the eight forms of goddess Lakshmi: Wealth, Earth (Bhoomi), Wisdom (knowledge), Love, Fame, Peace, liking and strength.
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Varamahalaxmi Pooja is performed across India, where goddess Laxmi is worshipped under different names. Among them the Varalakshmi Vrata or Varamahalaxhmi festival is the most auspicious festival celebrated by married Hindu woman to celebrate or commemorate Goddess Mahalakshmi. “Vara” in Sanskrit means “boon” and Goddess Lakshmi is known to shower all boons to those who performs pooja with utmost devotion on this day.
Varalakshmi Vratham is a most popular festival in South Indian states like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamilnadu, North Indian states like Gujarat, Maharashtra and even Odisha (Orissa). It is believed that worshipping Goddess Lakshmi on this auspicious day is equivalent to worshipping Ashtalakshmi ( the eight forms of Laxmi)– Sri Laxmi (Goddesses of Wealth), BhuLaxmi (Goddess Earth), Saraswati (Goddess of Learningi), Priti Laxmi (Love), Kirti Laxmi (Goddess of Fame), Shanti Laxmi (Goddess of Peace), Tushti Laxmi (Goddess of Pleasure) and Pushti Laxmi (Goddess of Strength).
How to Celebrate Varamahalaxmi Festival or Varamahalaxmi Pooja?
The Varamahalaxmi festival is celebrated with grand decorations to goddess Laxmi and is performed for the well-being of family members. Hindu women observe a Vrat on this occasion for the health, well-being and a longevity of the husband and to get children, wealth and so on. Every year Varalakshmi Vratham is observed in Sravana month (in Telugu), Avani (In Tamil) Saawan (in Hindi). It is most celebrated on Friday preceding Pournami (the full moon day).Those who cannot perform it on that day, can do it on any other Friday in Sravan month. On this day, married woman observe fasting till they finish the puja.
Why do Varalakshmi Pooja?
In Hinduism, Mahalakshmi is known as the goddess of wealth and prosperity. Hindu women worship Mahalaxmi for healthy progeny (children), as well as asking for a better health and long life of their husband. Varamahalaxmi vratham is observed on a Friday that falls before the full Moon day of the month of Shravana (Shravanmas which falls between August and September).
Varalakshmi vrat is mainly performed by married women for the well-being of their family and especially for their husband. On this day, Goddess Varalakshmi is equal to worshipping Ashtalakshmi (Eight incarnations of Mahalaxmi), namely Adi Laxmi (for Protection), Dhana Laxmi (for Wealth), Dhanya Laxmi (for Food & Grains), Vijaya Laxmi (for Victory), Vidya Laxmi (for Knowledge, Education), Santana Laxmi (for offspring or children), Dhairya Laxmi (for confidence and strength), Soubhagya Laxmi (for continuity of being Sumangali). All these are become the embodiment of an ideal woman.
What are the Benefits of Performing Varamahalaxmi Pooja:
Performing Varamahalaxmi pooja provides the following benefits:
- Good health, wealth, fame, fortune and prosperity
- Protects you and your family from evil forces and promote longevity
- Eliminates financial problems and bestow wealth ad profits in business
- Helps you attain inner peace and fulfill your material desires
How to perform Varamahalaxmi Puja?
Vara Maha Lakshmi Pooja Vidhanam:
Preparations for Varamahalaxmi Pooja:
As Varamahalaxmi puja is performed on a Friday, you can start preparing for the pooja on Thursday by readying all required pooja items and preparing the place of the pooja. Wash all pooja vessels, pooja Kalash, brass or silver lamps, apply Kumkum on the lamps and set aside all required Pooja Dravya (Puja items).
Varamahalaxmi pooja decorations:
Decorate the puja altar with Rangoli, Peetham (seating for the goddess), Thoranam (with mango leaves) and small plantain stems on the sides. Preparations are done for the pooja Prasadam (sundal, sweets etc). Decorate the peetham with silk saree, flowers etc. Place the Mahalaxmi Idol on the peetham.
Traditionally people decorate the idol with dress (small silk saree) and Jewelries and decorative garlands. Some decorate the Kalash with saree. Some people use actual gold jewels to decorate the idol. It is considered to be the Mangal sutra (ತಾಳಿ). Keep chandan and Kumkum dots. As per tradition, a pooja is offered to lord Ganesha prior to the beginning of any festival or major pooja, hence a small idol of Ganesh is placed in front of the Laxmi.
What Puja materials do I need for Vara Mahalaxmi Vrat?
Varamahalaxmi Vrat-Pooja Samagri List:
- Kumkum and Turmeric powder
- Rangoli (colored rice flour)
- Lotus flowers (Mahalaxmi’s favorite flower)
- Peetha to place the Idol (a wooden plank or decorative metal plate)
- Mango leaves for Kalasham and a few Banana leaves for offerings
- Rice (to spread over the peetha)
- One Kalasham (Silver, bronze or copper)
- Scented Water (scented with Jathikai, Cardamom, Saffron, camphor, Cloves, all mixed in the water)
- One coconut for kalasha and few more for thamboolam
- Sandalwood paste (Chandan)
- Akshatha (Raw rice coated with turmeric)
- Mahalaxmi idol or Face of goddess
- Jewelry (Decorative, For Eyes, Nose, head)
- Vastram (Dress for Lakshmi)
- Flowers and garland (for pushparchanai & decoration)
- Betel leaves, Betel nut, Banana
- Doram for hands ( doram is a sacred thread coated with turmeric powder with 9 strings and 9 knots)
- Unprocessed cow milk, dry fruits & nuts
- Fruits ( five seasonal varieties)
- Panchamritam (a mixture of fruits, honey, jaggary, dry fruits, nuts and ghee)
- Naivedyam (Sweet dishes, Payasam, sweet appam (based on your tradition).
- Thamboolam set of turmeric & kumkum, kajal, chandan, bangles, Betel leaves and nuts, Yellow thread, vastram, coconut, banana along with rupee coins) – for offering to women invited.
Varamahalaxmi Pooja or Varamahalaxmi Vrat Procedure:
Ganesha Pooja – all pujas or festivals are started with an offering of a pooja to lord Ganesh. A lamp is lit, flowers and aarati are offered to lord Ganesh while chanting the Ganesha Stotra.
वक्रतुण्ड महाकाय सूर्यकॊटि समप्रभ |
निर्विघ्नम् कुरु मे देव् सर्व कार्यॆषु सर्वदा ||
VakratuND mahAkAya sUryakOTi samapraBa |
nirviGnam kuru me dEv sarva kAryEShu sarvadA ||
Avahanam and Anga Pooja
After Ganesha pooja, flowers and akshata are offered to Mahalaxmi while chanting the Avahana slokam. Visualise Goddess Lakshmi in mind and offer the flowers and akshatha to kalasha. This is an invitation to Goddess Laxmi. Anga pooja is performed by offering flowers and akshata to each part of the goddess while chanting the Stotram.
Pooja is offered to the Kalasha while chanting the Laxmi Astothara (108 verses or names of Mahalaxmi). This is followed by Thorana pooja.
Naivedyam & Mangal Aarati
Finally, Mangal aarati is performed. Different types of sweets/Naivedyam are offered to the Goddess. Doram or the yellow thread should be tied on the woman’s right hand.
Frequently Asked Questions on Varamahalaxmi Pooja:
What is Varamahalaxmi Vrat?
Varamahalakshmi Vrat is a festival to propitiate the Goddess Lakshmi, the consort of Lord Vishnu. Goddess Varalakshmi is one who grants boons. It is an important pooja performed by many women in the states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Maharastra and Uttar Pradesh.
In 2020 the Varamahalakshmi pooja falls on Friday, July 31, 2020.
How to do Varamahalakshmi Pooja?
For doing a simple pooja: Light the lamp, keep some naivedyam and do the pooja by chanting Mahalakshmi Ashtothram (108 verses). Married women are invited to this pooja and the Thamboolam and prasadam are offered to them seeking their blessings.
Why do Varalakshmi Pooja?
Varamahalaxmi Pooja vratham is mainly performed by married women for the well-being of their family and specially for the well-being of their husband. Worshipping Mahalaxmi on this day is equivalent to worshiping Ashtalakshmi (the eight incarnations of Goddess Laxmi), namely Adi Laxmi, Dhana Laxmi, Dhanya Laxmi, Vijaya Laxmi, Vidhya Laxmi, Santana Laxmi, Dhairya Laxmi, Soubhagya Laxmi, the embodiment of an ideal woman.
When should we do Varamahalakshmi Pooja?
Every year Varalakshmi Vratham is observed in Sravana month (in Telugu), Avani in Tamil & Sawan in Hindi. It is celebrated on Friday preceding the full moon day (Pournami). Those who cannot perform it on that day, can do it on any other Friday in that month.
How can we do varalakshmi pooja at home?
For doing a simple pooja: Light the lamp, keep some naivedyam and do the pooja by chanting Mahalakshmi Ashtothram. Distribute the Thamboolam and prasadam by inviting married woman to your house in the evening.
Can we do varalakshmi Pooja on 1st Friday?
Varalakshmi pooja or Varamahalaxmi Vratam is celebrated on the Second Friday or the Friday before the day of the full moon – Poornima – in the month of Shravana, which corresponds to the Gregorian months of July–August.