Varalakshmi Vratham

Posted: August 17, 2011 in Uncategorized

Varalakshmi Puja is most popular festival in South India, mainly in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamilnadu, by married women for the prosperity and happiness of their family and unmarried young girls to get a good husband and happy life ahead. Celebration of this festival starts from drawing of “Kolams/Rangoli/Muggu” at the entrance of the house and also in the puja area, where the “Vratam” is to take place.

It is said that worshipping Goddess Lakshmi on Varalakshmi Vrata day is equivalent to worshipping Ashtalakshmi – the eight goddesses of Wealth, Earth, Learning, Love, Fame, Peace, Pleasure, and Strength This is usually performed on Friday [Sukla Paksham] before the full moon day during the month of Sravana. Nevertheless, many ladies celebrate on all possible Fridays of this month. The sacredness of this festival is that Varalakshmi is not included in ASHTA LAKSHMI. This is the ninth lakshmi- That is why during the puja [particularly towards the end] one Thoranamulu (9 thread) with 9 knots is placed and puja is performed and then this thread is worn. The mantra includes the first 8 Lakshmi and 9th is Vara Lakshmi. I decorated the idol and placed it for puja. Here is list of items required for the Puja:

Termeric, Kumkum, Sandalwood, Betal nuts, betal leaves, flowers, fruits, Camphor, Akshatamulu, Coconut, Bananas, Mango leaves, preferably 9 varieties of food, thoranam (yellow thread with 9 strings, 9 knots, 9 types of flowers), new saree, new gold ornament, senagalu, kalasham (can be of silver, gold or bronze), peetam (table to place the Goddess), rice flour

How to perform this puja is narrated below.

Apply turmeric to the peetam and put some rice on the peetam (preferably 3 handful). Put Kumkum on it, dram a Rangoli with rice flour. Upon this place the Kalasam. Apply turmeric to Kalasam, and Kumkum on four sides of it. I use two Kalasam one above the other to get a feeling that Goddess is sitting on the peetam. Put rice, a rupee coin in the Kalasam. Apply turmeric to coconut and place it on the Kalasam. A new cloth is placed on the coconut. Some decorate the Kalasham with jewels to make it appear more beautiful. I decorated it with jewels and flowers.

Half fold the saree and make saree pleats. Put this around the down Kalasam and tie it at the neck of the Kalasam, as shown in image below.

Take another round of remining portion of the saree and put it around the top kalasam. This should appear like Pallu of the saree, as shown in image below.

As per Hindu customs, any puja is started with praying Lord Ganesha. This applies to Varalakshmi Vartham as well. Take turmeric powder, mix it with water, and form a cone shape turmeric lump. Apply kumkumam to this and place it on Betal leaves. This is considered as Pasupu Vinayakudu. You have to do puja to this with Jaggery as Nivedyam.

After this you have to start Varalakshmi vartham by reading Lakshmi Asthothram. You can find this in youtube. Once asthotharam is completed, the story begins.

Here is the story:

One day when Lord Eswara is relaxing in Kailasa giri, Goddess Parvathi approached Him and asked Him to tell a vrata that gives wealth and prosperity. The Lord tells her that performing Varalakshmi Vratam will bring in sowbagyam to the women folk. He narrates the story and explains the process of performing the vrata to Goddess Parvathi. This vratam has to be performed on Friday that falls before Poornima in Sukla Paksham in Sravanamasam.

The story happens in a beautiful town called Kundinagaram located in the Kingdom of Vidarbha [Vidarba Rajyam]. In that Kundinagram town, Goddess Adilakshmi, being pleased by her devotion tells Charumathi in a dream and directs her to perform the vrata to fulfill her desires. Charumathi wakes up early in the morning and tells her husband about the dream. Charumathi along with some neighbourhood women prepare a mandapam and invite Varalakshmi Devi. She recites the following sloka along with other women with utmost faith and devotion.

Lakshmi Ksheerasamudra rajatanyam sri rangadhameswareem

Dasibootha samastha devavanitham lokaika deepamkuram

Sri manmanda kataksha labdhivibhat brahmendra gangadharam

Twamtrayamlokyakutumbhineem sasijavandemukunda priyam

Then she wore the Thoranam to right hand and offered naivadyam to Goddess Lakshmi Devi. Since then, this vratam is performed with utmost faith and trust till today. With this, Lord Eswara concluded the story to Goddess Parvathi.

Once the story is completed, I did Maha-mangalarathi and invited a women (my neighbor); who is considered to be Goddess Varalakshmi and offered tamboolam and sweets. In the evening, I invited some of the ladies in the locality and my family friends and offered tamboolam (betel leaves, betel nuts fruits, turmeric as well as dakshna (money)…

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Comments
  1. lakshmi says:

    i really appreciate the way you have explained the measures of installing god… i clearly got to know how all these can be done… hopes so many will quick understand int these images only….

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