What is Varalakshmi Vratham (Vrat)?
The Varamahalakshmi Vrat or the Varalakshmi Vrat is associated with the Goddess of Fortune, Goddess Lakshmi. The word ‘Vara’ represents ‘Boon’. On this holy day, the devotees perform a specific and special ‘Lakshmi Puja’ to please the Goddess Lakshmi and for seeking good fortune, wealth and success.
India, being a country of several religions, culture, traditional values and festivals represent individuals of diverse religions comprising Christianism, Jainism, Sikhism, Muslim, Hinduism, etc. There are certain festivals which are being celebrated worldwide, some at national level and some at regional level. In all those festivals, Varalakshmi Vrat is a significant Hindu festival which is observed by the Indian women of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The holy fast is celebrated in the Shravana Masam on a Friday which falls before Purnima (full moon day).
When is Varalakshmi Vratham?
One of the most auspicious Vratham in Hindu religion named Varalakshmi Vratham is on a Friday which falls before Purnima (full moon day) in Shravana Masam.
What is the Shubh Muhurat for Varalakshmi Vrat?
Depending upon the various Lagnas, the devotees can perform the Varalakshmi puja. Please open the Choghadiya link to see most auspicious time according to various Lagnas for Varalakshmi Vrat Pujan. The link is located on the left and below the picture.
What is the Significance of Varalakshmi Vrat?
The Varalakshmi Vratham is considered as one of the most significant and powerful observance as it has been narrated by Lord Shiva himself to Goddess Parvati. The people who observe the Varalakshmi Vratham feel content and get relieved from all kind of sufferings and sorrows. Harmony and tranquility prevails in devotees’ life and home.
About Varalakshmi Vratham
- The devotees primarily the married women observe a fast on the Varalakshmi day for the good fortune and well-being of their husbands.
- The Varalakshmi vrat is observed on a Friday prior to Raksha Bandhan festival during the period of Shravan Shukla Paksha.
- The fast is performed by only consuming water and abstaining oneself from the consumption of grains.
- One can also consume fruits and milk if water-only fast seems difficult. Devotees then visit the temple of Goddess Lakshmi and offer their prayers.
- Devotees can worship the idols of Goddess Lakshmi at their homes also. The idols are then worshipped with dhoop, fruits, roses and lotus.
- There are specific Lakshmi Yantras which can also be used for worshipping Goddess Lakshmi.
- People complete their pujas by chanting the sacred mantra
Om Hreem Shreem Lakshmi Bhyo Namaha.
Meaning of this mantra: The devotee chanting mantra seeks blessings in all spheres of their life.
What is Varalakshmi Puja Vidhanam (Puja Vidhi)
- On the dedicated day, the devotees wake up early and take a holy bath after cleaning the house.
- Puja altar is set up and a sacred pot is installed on the same which is known as Kalasam.
- The pot is then decorated with vermilion, sandal paste, turmeric powder and flowers.
- The idol of Goddess Lakshmi in the form of pictures of statues is bought and then established on the Kalasam. The sacred pot can also be clothed and decked with jewels.
- The Kalasam is placed on a banana leaf of some rice spread.
- Then the Varalakshmi puja is performed with grains and flower. This process begins with Ganpati Puja followed by Varalakshmi puja.
- Aarti is performed after which offerings are made.
- When the puja ends, a yellow sacred thread is tied on the wrists of all those who participated in the ritual. It is believed that it confers the blessings of Varalakshmi.
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What is there in the Varalakshmi Prasadam or Prasad?
- There are varieties of dishes that are offered during the puja such as the rice flour porridge, jaggery sweets, boiled legumes among others.
- The offerings are usually made in banana leaves and are placed in front of the idols while performing the puja. After the completion of Varalakshmi puja, the Prasadam is distributed to the married ladies, children and all other invitees.
- In the evening, the devotees perform a concluding puja with the Varalakshmi aarti and then the aspirants can end their fast by consuming the food.
- Married ladies are invited in the evening and some gifts are offered to them
What is the Varalakshmi Vrat Katha (Story)
There are a couple of stories which depicts the significance of Varalakshmi Vratham. One among them is the story of “Shyamabala”.
The Queen Sura Chandrika and the King Bathrasiravas had a daughter named Shyamabala. The daughter was married to the prince of a neighbouring kingdom.
Once Shyamabala was at her parent's kingdom when she observed that her mother, Queen Sura Chandrika was driving out an old woman. The old woman has asked her mother to observe a Varalakshmi vrat and perform a Varalakshmi puja. The Queen asked her to leave and did not listen to her as the old lady was a beggar.
However, the daughter Shyamabala acknowledged the old woman and carefully listened to the significance of Varalakshmi Vrata. After returning back to her own kingdom, Shyamabala observed the Varalakshmi vrat and performed a Varalakshmi puja as directed by the old woman. Since that day, the prince got appreciation for his sound governance and the kingdom started glorifying and prospering day by day.
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However, on the other side, the parents of Shyamabala were facing numerous issues. People were revolting against them. In a short span, they lost all their wealth too. Hearing this, Shyamabala sent them pots of gold but they also turned into ashes, the moment Queen Surachandrika set her eyes on them.
After hearing this incident, Shyamabala recalled the incident when her mother was driving away that old lady. She realized that the old lady was none other than Goddess Lakshmi in disguise. On realizing this, Shyamabala asked the Queen to observe a Varalakshmi vrat and perform a Varalakshmi puja in the palace. The Queen performed the same and was significantly able to once again attain the previous glory back. Varalakshmi Puja is significantly popular in South India and this festival is celebrated by men and women alike to seek the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi and to usher in wealth and prosperity in their lives.