Varalakshmi Vratham- Varalakshmi Pooja-Puja Festival
Goddess Lakshmi Devi is worshiped as goddess of wealth. Varalakshmi Vratam-Puja is celebrated on the last Friday of the bright fortnight in the month of Ashada, corresponding to the English month of July-August.
The worship of Maha Lakshmi is performed by married ladies to obtain good progeny, and for the long life of the husband.
Sri Lakshmi or Mahalaxmi :-
Goddess of Wealth, Light, Wisdom, the lotus.flower and fortune, and secondarily of luck, beauty, courage and fertility. Due to Her Motherly feelings and being the consort of Narayan (Supreme Being), She is believed as the Mother of the Universe.
She is the consort of Vishnu and married Him in His incarnations Rama (in her incarnation as Sita), Krishna (as Rukmini) and Venkateshwara (as Alamelu). In Vaishnava traditions, She is believed to be the Mother Goddess and the Shakti of Narayan
Primarily eight kinds of wealth are established, associated with Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi. They are:
Adi Lakshmi – The main goddess
Dhanya Lakshmi – Granary wealth
Dhairya Lakshmi – Wealth of courage
Gaja Lakshmi – Elephants, symbols of wealth
Santana Lakshmi – Wealth of progeny
Vijaya Lakshmi – Wealth of victory
Vidya Lakshmi – Wealth of knowledge
Dhana Lakshmi – Monetary wealth
Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi is worshiped by those who wish to acquire or to preserve wealth. It is believed that Sri Mahalakshmi (wealth) dwells in those houses which are clean and where the people are hardworking.
Story of Varalakshmi Vratham:-
In a town called Kundina, there lived a humble and kind natured Brahmin woman named Charumathi. She loved her husband and family very much. Impressed by her sincere devotion towards her family, Laxmi Devi came into her dreams one night.
She asked her to perform the Vara Laxmi pooja and also explained her the details, procedure and when to do the pooja. She told her that the Friday just befor ethe Shravana Purnima is a completely apt day for the puja.
Charumati woke up and told about the dream to her family, who took the news in a supportive manner and enchoraged her to proceed with the pooja.Charumati told about the pooja to her friends and neighborhood and the word spread out in the town.
Thus on that year, all the women from the town worshiped varalakshmi devi with their sincere dedication. They all chanted
“Padmaasane Padmakare sarva lokaika poojithe
Narayana priyadevi supreethaa bhava sarvada”
The story says that impressed by their dedicated pooja Laksmi Devi appeared in front of them and blessed them with everything they ever wanted in life. Their houses did not have any lack of food ,lack of jewellery.
The families in the town lived happily ever after doing this pooja every year. Since then the new spread and now the whole South India performs this pooja.
Varalakshmi Vratham-Varalakshmi Pooja in Andhra Pradesh:-
In Andhra Pradesh women perform Varalakshmi Vratam to please Goddess Lakshmi. This puja is performed in the month of Sravana. The second Friday in the month of Sravana is the day on which Varalakshmi Vratam is performed.
For the Varalakshmi Vratam, houses are cleaned and the door frames are decorated with turmeric and Kumkum. Mango leaves are tied to the entrance.
Fruits, flowers, coconuts, betel leaves, jaggery, new clothes for the Goddess are kept ready.
In few families the tradition of arranging a Kalasam for Varalakshmi vratam is not followed. Women should ask their elders about it and arrange Kalasam only when the family follows this tradition.
Nine types of naivedyams are offered for Goddess Varalakshmi.
Toralu which are to be tied to the hands should be prepared with nine lines of threads making nine knots and tying flowers.
Pulihora, Purnam Boore, Paramannam and Pulagam are the compulsory offerings that should be prepared for Goddess Varalakshmi.
Vaayanam is given to a married woman after completing Varalakshmi Vratam which contains nine boorelu, tambulam, dakshina, toram, kumkum, turmeric, fruits, flowers and blouse piece.
After completing the puja in the morning, in the evening neighboring women and young girls are invited home and offered tambulam.
If a woman could not perform Varalakshmi vratam on second Friday of Sravana month, the same can be performed on 4th Friday.
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How to Perform Varalakshmi Vratham-Varalakshmi Pooja-Puja?
Performing Varalakshmi Vratam:
Padmasane padmakare sarvalokaika poojite,
Narayani priye devi supreeta bhava sarvadaa
Ksheerodaarnavasambhoote kamale kamalaalaye,
Sushtiraa bhava me gehe suraasura namaskrute,
Varalakshmi devatam dhyaayami
Varalakshmi Vrata Vidhanam:
On the day of Varalakshmi Vratam, wake up early in the morning. Take a shower and arrange the things to perform the pooja. Decorate the peetham with kolam or muggu after applying haldi paste to it. Place Goddess Lakshmi’s photo on it. Put kalasam in front of the deity and arrange thoralu, akshatalu, pasupu ganapati, flowers, fruits etc there.
How to prepare thoram:
Make a five or nine threaded thorams with white color cotton thread and apply haldi paste to it. Make five or nine knots to it place them near the puja peetam.
Things needed for the Varalakshmi puja:
turmeric powder, kumkuma powder, red blouse piece-1, sandal paste, flowers, fruits, betel leaves, betel nuts, white thread to make thorams, coconuts, lamps, ghee to light the lamp, camphor, incense sticks, rice, and chana
The Varalakshmi puja procedure begins:
Suklambaradharam vishnum sasivarnam chaturbhujam
Prasanna vadanam dhyayetsarva vighnopasantaye
Meditate about Ganapati and perform aachamanam later
Om Keshavaya swaahaa (take little water into your hand and drink)
Om Narayanaya swaahaa (take little water into your hand and drink)
Om Madhavaya swaahaa (take little water into your hand and drink)
Om Govindaya namaha (wipe your hands)
Om Vishnave namaha (wipe your eyes)
Om Madhusudanaya namaha, Om Trivikramaya namaha
Om Vamanaya namaha, Om Sridharaya namaha
Om Hrushikeshaya namaha, Om Padmanabhaya namaha
Om Samkarshanaya namaha, Om Vasudevaya namaha,
Om Pradyumnaya namaha, Om Aniruddhaya namaha,
Om Purushottamaya namaha, Om Adhokshajaya namaha,
Om Naarasimhaya namaha, Om Achyutaya namaha,
Om Janardhanaya namaha, Om Upendraya namaha,
Om Haaraye namaha, Om Srikrishnaya namaha
Uttishtantu bhoota pishachaah yete bhoomi bharakah,
Yetesha mavirodhena brahmakarma samaarabhe.
Read this mantra and throw some akshintalu behind Now perform
pranayam chanting the following mantra..