Varalakshmi Pooja Vratam is a festival that is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi. On this occasion, devotees worship Goddess Lakshmi, who is the consort of Lord Vishnu and one of the Hindu Trinity. The post shares with you Varalakshmi Pooja Vratam Importance and date.
Varalakshmi is a form of Goddess Lakshmi that grants boons (known as “Vara”). Goddess Lakshmi is said to grant boons to all those devotees that perform the Varalakshmi Pooja with utmost devotion on this day.
The Varalakshmi Pooja Vratam is mainly performed by married Hindu women to appease Goddess Mahalakshmi. This Varalakshmi Vrat is celebrated in many parts of India, including the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, and Uttar Pradesh.
It is believed that worshiping Goddess MahaLakshmi on this day is equivalent to worshipping all the eight forms of Ashtalakshmi that are known by the name –
- Shri – Goddess of Wealth
- Bhu – Goddess of Earth
- Saraswati – Goddess of Learning
- Priti – Goddess of Love
- Kirti – Goddess of Fame
- Shanti – Goddess of Peace
- Tushti – Goddess of Pleasure
- Pushti- Goddess of Strength
The Varalakshmi Pooja Vratam is performed for the welfare of the family members. The Vrata is kept for the long life of the husband and to get children as well as many other boons such as wealth, prosperity, peace, pleasure, fame, etc.
This Varalakshmi Pooja Vratam is observed in the Hindu month of Shravana. So, it falls in the months of July or August, according to the English Calendar. It is kept on Friday that precedes the full moon day on Poornima.
However, those who cannot perform the Vrata on that day can keep the fast and perform the Pooja on any other Friday that falls in that month. The married Hindu women keep the fast till they finish the Varalakshmi Pooja.
On this occasion of Varalakshmi Pooja and Vratam, the married Hindu women worship Goddess Lakshmi with utmost devotion. They offer the deity fruits, sweets, and flowers. They also keep the Kalasam (that represents the deity), which is decorated with a saree, flowers, gold jewelry, and the offerings are placed in front.
For example, a Rakshai or Saradu known as the sacred thread is among one of the offerings that are adorned on the wrists of women once the Pooja gets completed. This sacred thread is worn and signifies protection and piety. Plus, several articles are given as gifts to Sumangali that are in good faith.
Moreover, the Pooja is performed with no restriction to caste and creed. The Varalakshmi Pooja is performed to get the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi in the form of wealth and well being of the family. Women also pray for being blessed with children.
Importance of Varalakshmi Pooja
(Why do we do Varalakshmi Pooja?)
The Varalakshmi Pooja and Vratam celebrate the eight forms of Goddess Lakshmi who is worshipped on this occasion as:
- Vijaya Lakshmi (Goddess of Victory)
- Vidhya Lakshmi (Goddess of Wisdom)
- Dhaanya Lakshmi (Goddess of Nourishment)
- Shoubhagya Lakshmi (Goddess of Prosperity)
- Santana Lakshmi (Goddess of Progeny)
- Dhana Lakshmi (Goddess of Wealth)
- Aadi Lakshmi (Goddess of Protection)
- Dhairaya Lakshmi (Goddess of Courage)
All these eight forces of Goddess Lakshmi are known as Ashta Lakshmi. Lord Vishnu is called the “the Ashtalakshmi Pati.” He is believed to radiate these forces from him for preserving the Universe. Lord Vishnu is said to be the preservative aspect of the Universe.
These eight forces are personified as Lakshmis. The Hindus believe that health, wealth as well as prosperity are dependent on the rhythmic play of these forces that are called Lakshmis.
It is considered that the worship of these forces (Lakshmi) helps to get prosperity, protection, wealth, nourishment, and other boons for a happy and fulfilled life. The festival of Varalakshmi is observed to invoke the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi.
The Hindu married women keep the Varalakshmi Vratam and invoke the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi on them, their husbands, as well as children.
Varalakshmi Pooja Vratam is mainly a festival of the women, which is being celebrated by women only. The importance of Varalakshmi Vratam has been described in the Skanda Puran.
So, Varalakshmi Pooja is a day to seek the divine blessings of Goddess Lakshmi, who is the presiding deity of prosperity, wealth, wisdom, fortune, generosity, and fertility. The married women perform this Vrata to receive her divine grace.
The Story of Varalakshmi Pooja Vratam
The story goes that once upon a time, there lived a Brahmin woman named Charumathi in the kingdom of Magadha. She was a pious lady and was thoroughly devoted to her husband and family.
Goddess Mahalakshmi was impressed by her devotion to her family and appeared in her dream. She told Charumathi to worship Goddess Varalakshmi (a form of Goddess Lakshmi) that will fulfill all her wishes. She should perform the worship on the Friday in the Shravana month that precedes the night of the full moon.
When Charumathi told about the dream to her family, they encouraged her to do the Pooja. Now, many other women in their village also joined her and performed the Pooja in the traditional way. They offered many sweets to the Goddess Varalakshmi and chanted the sacred chants such as:
सर्व लोकैक पूजिते।
सुप्रीता भव सर्वदा॥
Ever since then, the Varalakshmi Vratam is being practiced by married women for the welfare of their family and the long life of their husband.
Rituals for the Varalakshmi Pooja Vratam
Devotees start preparing for the Varalakshmi Pooja Vratam from one day preceding the Vrata that is a Thursday. They assemble all the essentials that are required to perform the Pooja.
On Friday (the day for the Varalakshmi Vratam), the devotees get up early in the morning and get ready after having a bath. The most preferred time for getting up in the morning to perform the puja is “Brahma Muhurta,” which is the time before sunrise.
The devotees clean their house and the surrounding area and perform the morning rituals. They decorate the puja site with beautiful Kolam or Rangoli.
Now, they begin to prepare the “Kalash” for the Pooja ceremony. For this, you can choose either a silver or bronze pot. It is thoroughly cleansed and smeared with sandalwood paste.
After this, a “Swastika” symbol is drawn on the Kalasha. It is filled with water or raw rice, one lime, some coins, beetle nut together with five different kinds of leaves. However, the choice of items that are filled inside the “Kalash” varies from region to region. For instance, in some regions, turmeric, black beads, mirror, comb, and black bangles are used to fill the pot.
Now, the neck of the Kalash is covered with a clean cloth, and its mouth is then covered with mango leaves. Lastly, a coconut is kept on the mouth of the Kalasha. The picture of Goddess Lakshmi is stuck on the coconut or drawn using turmeric powder. This Kalash is symbolic of Goddess Varalakshmi and is worshipped, keeping full devotion.
This Kalash is then placed on a heap of rice. The devotees begin the Pooja ceremony by worshipping Lord Ganesh. They perform the Varalakshmi Pooja by chanting slokas from “Lakshmi Sahasranama” that are sung in praise of Goddess Lakshmi.
Devotees also prepare special sweets at home for offerings to Goddess Varalakshmi. In the Southern States of India, devotees prepare Pongal that is offered to Goddess Lakshmi as Prasad. Finally, Aarti is done on the Kalash. During this Pooja, women tie a yellow thread over their hands.
In some regions, devotees place a mirror behind the Kalasha. Nowadays, readymade Kalash pots are also available in the market that can be used for the Varalakshmi Pooja Vratam.
The women that observe the Varalakshmi Vrat abstain from eating any kind of food. However, this custom varies from region to region. In some regions, the devotees keep the fast until the end of the Puja ceremony.
On Saturday (the day after Puja), the devotees have a bath and dismantle the Kalash that was used for the Puja. The water that was inside the Kalash is sprinkled all over the house, and the rice (if used) is mixed with the rice that is stored in the house.
Auspicious time to Perform the Varalakshmi Puja
The most auspicious time for performing the Varalakshmi Pooja is in the morning before 10:30 am or in the afternoon. However, the Pooja should be avoided in the Rahu Kaal. The time that is from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm in the noon is considered as Rahu Kaal.
Fasting Period: The fasting during the Varalakshmi Puja begins on Friday morning from sunrise and lasts till the Pooja is completed.
List of Pooja Samagri required for Varalakshmi Pooja
- Goddess Lakshmi Picture
- New blouse pieces for Kalash
- Mango leaves garland
- Akshata – Rice mixed with turmeric
- Turmeric powder
- Betel leaves
- Dry Fruits
- Fruits and Flowers
- Naivedyam (Payasam, Kesari Baath, Jaggery Rice, etc)
What to do on Varalakshmi Vrat?
Devotees of Goddess Lakshmi, especially the married women, keep a fast on the day of Varalakshmi Puja for the welfare of their husbands. The Varalakshmi Vrat is kept on the last Friday ahead of Raksha Bandhan during the Shravan Shukla Paksha period.
Usually, the fasting is done without taking any grains but only on water. However, if it is difficult for you to keep the fast on water, you can take fruits and milk. You should visit a Lakshmi Temple and offer prayers. If a temple is far away, then you can worship the Goddess at your home with lotus, roses, fruits, and Dhoop in the early morning hours.
You can even use energized Lakshmi Yantra for worshipping Goddess Lakshmi. You should meditate on Goddess Lakshmi and chant her seed mantra, which is: “Om Hreem Shreem Lakshmibhayo Namah.” You can even chant the Lakshmi Mantra using Lotus Seed Bead.
Devotees also perform the MahaLakshmi Puja under qualified Brahmins. It is one of the most important activities for this day. Other Pooja activities include Kalash Sthapana, Gauri Ganesh Poojan, Navagraha Pooja, and Laxmi Yantra Pooja, Lakshmi Mantra Jaap, Invocation of major Gods and Goddesses in Kalash, Aarti and Pushpanjali.
You can wear Seven Mukhi Rudraksha Beads as it is ruled by Goddess Lakshmi. It will strengthen your will power as well as prove useful in attracting financial opportunities for you.
Can Unmarried Girls do Varalakshmi Vratham?
Varalakshmi Pooja Vratham is celebrated in honor of Goddess Lakshmi. Along with married Hindu women who perform the Varalakshmi Pooja Vratam for the welfare of their husbands, children, and all family members, the unmarried girls can also do fasting on Varalakshmi Vratham day.
Varalakshmi is a form of Goddess Lakshmi who grants boons. Vrata and Puja rituals are performed on this day to get the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi.
Varalakshmi Vratam Puja Date 2020
Varalakshmi Vratam Puja is observed to get the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi, who is the consort of Lord Vishnu and the bestower of wealth and prosperity.
The Puja is performed on the second Friday or on Friday that falls just before Poornima (full moon day) in the Hindu month of Shravan. So, it falls in the months of July and August according to the English Calendar. In the year 2020, the Varalakshmi Vratam will be celebrated on 31st July, Friday.
Here, we share with you Varalakshmi Puja Muhurat for July 31st, 2020:
- Simha Lagna Puja Muhurta: 6:59 am to 09:17 am
- Vrishchika Lagna Puja Muhurta: 1:48 pm to 4:04 pm
- Vrishabha Lagna Puja Muhurta: 12:52 pm to 02:27 pm
- Kumbh Lagna Puja Muhurta: 07:56 pm to 09:29 pm
Important Timings for Varalakshmi Puja Vratam
Sunrise: July 31st, 2020 06:00 am
Sunset: July 31st, 2020 07:05 pm
Purnima Tithi Begins: Aug 02, 2020 09:29 pm
Purnima Tithi Ends: Aug 03, 2020 09:28 pm
According to the Electional Astrology, the most appropriate timing for the worship of Goddess Lakshmi is during “Fixed Lagna.” It is said that if Lakshmi Puja is performed during fixed Lagna, then Goddess Lakshmi will bless the devotee with long-lasting prosperity.
Here, we have shared with you four Puja timing in a day during which Fixed Lagna prevails. So, you can choose any of the above timing as per your convenience. However, the evening timing during which the Pradosh Kaal prevails is the most appropriate for worshiping Goddess Lakshmi.
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