Varalakshmi Vratham Festival Thali for the Varalakshmi Vrata. Varalakshmi Vrata is a Hindu festival to propitiate the Goddess Lakshmi. Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth, prosperity, and fortune.
Another name for Lakshmi is ‘Sri’ and ‘Thiru’ (in Tamil). She is the consort of God Vishnu.
Varalakshmi is the Goddess who grants boons. Married women from different Indian states observe this Vratha and perform the pooja in their houses. Varalakshmi puja is the most auspicious festival celebrated across the southern region of the country.
Why do we do Varalakshmi Vratham?
Varamahalakshmi Vrata is performed by women for their own well-being and that of all their family members. It is believed that worshipping the Goddess Varalakshmi on this day is equivalent to worshipping Ashtalakshmi – the eight goddesses of Wealth, Earth, Wisdom, Love, Fame, Peace, Contentment, and Strength.
What should we do on Varalakshmi Vratham?
For more details on Varalakshmi Vratam Pooja Vidhi, you can read about it and follow it. I am going to give an excerpt from the pooja.
On this day, wake up early, clean the house, take bath, and do the shuddhi of the puja area with Gangajal (holy water). After this, place the Varalakshmi photo or idol on the puja platform. Decorate Goddess Lakshmi with new clothes, jewelry, kumkum, and flowers.
When should we do Varamahalakshmi Pooja?
We observe the Varalakshmi fasting on the last Friday during Shravana (July/August) Shukla Paksha. This year Varalakshmi Vratam in India was celebrated on Friday, July 31, 2020.
Younger married women follow or observe this pooja if their mother or mother inlaws follow it. While both my Athamma and Amma make special neivedyam to Goddess on this day, we also plan for elaborate meals.
We do Lakshmi Pooja in the evening and complete the occasion.
First of all, the Naivedyam prepared on this occasion is also No Onion No Garlic side dishes. Mixed Rice Varieties and Sweet preparations.
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