Mahalakshmi Vrat - Significance And Celebrations
What is Mahalakshmi Vrat?
Mahalakshmi Vrat festival is considered to be one of the most sacred rituals in Indian Hindu culture. The Fast is observed to show respect and offer prayers to Maa Lakshmi, Goddess of Prosperity, Fortune and Wealth. This vrat is observed for 16 consecutive days, and the same begins from the Ashtami Tithi of Shukla Paksha (Moon’s waxing phase) in the Bhadrapada, and it ends on the 8th day of “Krishna Paksha Ashtami” (Moon’s waning phase) and the same falls in Ashwin month. This duration of 16 days falls during the September-October as per the Gregorian calendar. Mahalakshmi vrat commences after the four days of Ganesh Chaturthi and goes on until the 8th day of the fortnight which is dedicated to the ancestors and called as Pitru Paksha. This Hindu Festival is the most popular in the regions of UP and Bihar.
Also See: Laxmi Aarti
Significance of Mahalakshmi Vrat
The glory of Mahalakshmi vrat is mentioned as the chat between Lord Krishna and Yudhisthira in Bhavishya Purana. Yudhisthira was asking about a method that he should adapt to regain his lost wealth due to the gamble with Kauravas, Lord Krishna advised him to keep Mahalakshmi Vrat. Yudhishthir was told that this Vrat is one of its kind and provides the devotee with everything like good fortune, wealth, prosperity, etc. The significance of this day is very high as it corresponds with the Durva Ashtami Vrat as well where worship of Durva grass is performed. Another important festival celebrated on the same day is Jyeshta Devi Puja.
Mahalakshmi Vrat Rituals
Mahalakshmi Vrat Procedure is very simple.
- Firstly, Devotees are supposed to wake up early in the morning and take a bath.
- Post that; they perform puja of Goddess Lakshmi for the next consecutive 16 days. Mahalakshmi has eight avatars or forms, and all of them are worshipped for this period of 16 days.
- In some of the regions of India, devotees also perform puja of Lord Surya during this festival, and they offer “Aaragya” at sunrise.
- A significant ritual is that the observer of Mahalakshmi Vrat has to wear a string with sixteen knots tied on it on his/her left hand.
- With utter devotion and dedication, goddess Lakshmi is worshipped by the devotees so that they along with their family and loved ones are blessed with prosperity and joy.
- After the Puja; Sixteen Durva grass are taken and tied together, dipped in water and then sprayed all over the body.
- Devotees recite Mahalakshmi Vrat Katha every day to conclude Mahalakshmi Puja.
Utmost devotion is required while performing Mahalakshmi Vrat and consuming alcohol and eating non-vegetarian is prohibited on this day.
It is also advised that devotees should read religious books or scriptures like Satanamavali, Lakshmi Ashtottara, Lakshmi Sahastranaam, etc. as they are believed to be very auspicious.