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VARALAKSHMI VRATHAM Varalakshmi Vratam is an important pooja
performed by many women in the states of Andhra Pradesh and
Karnataka and some parts of Tamil Nadu.The Hindu festival going by
the name 'Vara Lakshmi Vrata' is celebrated on the last Friday of
the bright fortnight in the month of Ashadha, also called Adi, which
corresponds to the English months of July-August.
Eight forces or energies are recognised and they are known as Sri
(Wealth), Bhu (Earth), Sarasvati (learning), Priti (love), Kirti
(Fame), Santi (Peace), Tushti(Pleasure) and Pushti(Strength) . Each
one of these forces is called a Lakshmi and all the eight forces are
called the Ashta Lakshmis or the eight Lakshmis of the Hindus.
Vishnu is also called Ashta Lakshmi Padhi which is equivalent to
saying that he is the asylum for the eight-Lakshmis or forces. In
fact, Vishnu representing the preservative aspect of the universe,
radiates these forces from him. These forces are personified and
worshipped as Lakshmis, since abstract force is beyond the
comprehension of the ordinary people. As health, wealth and
prosperity depend upon the rythmic play of these forces, the worship
of Lakshmi is said to be to obtain these three. Only a woman can
sympathise with women. Lakshmi is a woman. So she will more readily
sympathise with women. Hence this festival is observed largely by
women, invoking the blessings of Lakshmi on them, their husbands and
As the legend goes, this is a pooja that was pronounced by no other
than Lord Parameswara to be performed by his consort Parvathi to
seek prosperity and happiness for the family. Thus it came to be
emulated by married women who sought boons (varam) for the health,
wealth and knowledge for the entire family. In some cases, women
prayed for being blessed with children. The prescribed day for the
pooja is the Friday of the month of Sravan in the fortnight known as
Sukla paksha, preceding the full moon day.
On one occasion, Parvati and Parameswara were engaged in a game of
chess. Parvati was winning game after game, but Parameswara is said
to have claimed the victory at each games, wantonly, to her intense
chagrin. So Parvati wanted to have an umpire and one Chitranemi, a
creation of Parameswara, was chosen. As an underling of Parameswara,
he sided with him most unjustly. This provoked Parvati's anger and
she cursed Chitranemi that he should become a leper for discharging
his duty in most unfair manner.
When Chitranemi begged Parvati's forgiveness and Parameswara added
his entreaties to it, she is said to have relented and modified the
curse by adding that he would be cured of his leprosy by observing
the Vara Lakshmi Vrata. By doing this Chitranemi was, it is said,
rid of the loathsome disease.
The history of the origin Of the Vara Lakshmi Vrata is rather
interesting. Lakshmi is said to have visited a pious woman by name
Sarmadi, living in the city of Kuntinapura in Magadha (Bihar), in in
one of her dreams and expressed her satisfaction at her devotion to
her children. When she woke UP from her sleep, she took a bath and
worshipped Lakshmi to ensure her blessings. When the other ladies
heard of her dream and her worship of Lakshmi, they too began to
worship her, and the custom is then said to have spread everywhere
throughout the land in course of time.
In the kingdom of Magadha of yore, there lived a brahmin woman
called Charumathi in a town named Kundina. The prosperous town was
the home of Charumathi and her husband. She devotedly served her
husband and her parents-in-law. Impressed by her piety, Goddess
Mahalakshmi appeared in her dream and asked her to worship Vara-
Lakshmi (literally, boon granting - goddess of wealth) and seek to
fulfill her wishes. Varalakshmi is yet another form of Lord Vishnu's
consort, Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. Thus was prescribed the
Friday of Sravana month preceding the full moon day for the worship.
When Charumathi explained her dream to her family, she found them
encouraging her to perform the pooja. Many other women of the town
also joined her in performing the pooja in a traditional way and
offered many sweet dishes to the Goddess Varalakshmi. They prayed
with deep devotion:
"Padmaasane Padmakare sarva lokaika poojithe
Narayana priyadevi supreethaa bhava sarvada"
The well dressed women made offerings of delicious feast with utmost
devotion. As they went round the deity in prayer, dazzling jewelry
is said to have appeared as ornaments on the bodies of these
worshippers and their houses filled with riches. They rewarded the
priest who assisted them in performing the pooja and they all
partook in the feast. The women expressed their gratitude to
Charumathi who shared her dream and helped them become prosperous.
This pooja came to be practiced year after year by women. Done with
devotion, it is said that boons would be granted and thus many
wishes would be realized.
I loved your step by step description of Varalakshmi puja. I was searching for this since a long time. Though I do this puja and chant the mantras, I am not quite aware about what really i was chanting. Please do continue imparting your knowledge. God Bless you.
I have some doubts. What is panchapatra and abir.
Though we (in our family or in-laws family) do not have the practice of celebrating Varalaskhmi pooja, today when I did the usual Friday pooja decided to recite a special sloka for Goddess Lakshmi.
The Goddess Lakshmi's 108 potris that you had given came handy. I felt so much satisfaction on reciting these Tamil potris. Believe me, Kavya was dropping the akshathai (yellow rice) on Goddess Lakshmi velli vigraham I have as I was reciting the potris. May be that added to the satisfaction.
Felt like sharing this here with a big "Thanks" to you for those potris.
The Indusladies.com Team
Today performed Varalakshmi pooja to my satisfaction with all the naivedyam.
Here are some photos.
I have a doubt. I was under the impression only ladies who are doing the pooja should tie the " charadu" in their hand. Today I had a young married girl who was with me during the pooja. She does not have the pooja in the family, but asked me for a charadu to be tied on her hand. Since I had extra, I gave her one.
Can any one have the charadu?
Last edited by sundarusha; 10th November 2008 at 02:39 AM.
Thanks for indusladies. this is the 1st time im doing in home usually we go temple. i just follow how to do vralaxmi pooja. its very useful. yesterday i did my pooja with a very satisfaction. even though not all pooja things i used but its manasega pooja. i just want to know this pooja we must do for 3 days & how bout the thread we tied in hand, what must we do after the pooja? and the pooja things in the kalasam what must we do? pls answer
Hi Chithra mam,
I have a small doubt. I did varalakshmi pooja at home this month and i referred the mantras given in a book. At the last line of the mantras, it is speficied that 'please perform sumangali pooja also' . I searched for the sumangli pooja slokhas to recite..but, i could not find. Could you please help by providing sumangali pooja slokhas?
hi, small doubt . how long does this pooja shall be continue. its starts on 31/7/09 and end? wat shall we do with the amman face and the coconut... also all the things which we put inside the kalasam.