//Varalakshmi Pooja Festival – Significance, Story and Pooja Rituals

Varalakshmi Pooja Festival – Significance, Story and Pooja Rituals

Varalakshmi Pooja is a most popular ritual in South India, usually in Tamilnadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. The married women pray for the well-being and longevity of their husband as well as the family members. Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity worshipped on this day.

Usually worshipping Goddess Lakshmi on Varalakshmi Vrata day is equal to worshipping Ashtalakshmi – the eight goddesses of Wealth, Earth, Learning, Love, Fame, Peace, Pleasure, and Strength. This is generally conducted on Friday before the full moon day during shravanam month. The sacredness of this festival is that Varalakshmi is not included in ASHTA LAKSHMI. This is the ninth Lakshmi- That’s why during the puja especially towards the end 9 thread with 9 knots worn by the womens.

One may notice that Lord Shiva introduced this Vrata procedure for worshiping Lord Vishnu’s wife, thus signifying the unity of Shiva and Vishnu.

Vrata Story

As per Hindu myth, once Goddess Parvati told Lord Shiva to suggest a Vrata that would benefit women. Then Lord Shiva mentioned the significance of Varalakshmi Vrata that provide women with all the desires they wish. Lord Shiva agreed her request and informed that “Varalakshmi Vratam” should observed on a Friday that falls in the month of “Shravanam” just before the full moon day.

To explain the Vratam’s holiness, Lord Shiva recited the story of Maratha Desam’s Charumati. Impressed with Charumati’s dedication to her husband and family, Goddess Lakshmi appeared in her dream and requested her on the auspicious day of SHRAVANA SHUKLA SHUKRA VARAM to perform the Varalakshmi Vrata.The devout Charumati welcomed all her friends, neighbours, relatives and performed the Varalakshmi puja as directed by Goddess Lakshmi. After the puja, all the individuals who took part in the puja where blessed with wealth and prosperity.

List of Puja items

Turmeric, Kumkum, Sandalwood, Betal Nuts, Betal Leaves, Flowers, Fruits, Camphor, Akshatamulu, Coconut, Bananas, Mango Leaves, 9 varieties of food, Yellow thread with 9 strings, 9 Knots, 9 types of flowers, New saree, New Gold Ornament, Brick, kalasham (silver, gold or bronze), Peetam (small stool to place the Goddess), Rice Flour.

Performing the Puja

A holy pot (kalasham) filled with raw rice, coins, 9 betel leaves, 9 betel nuts, 9 pieces of turmeric. This kalasham should topped with a bunch of fresh mango leaves. A coconut (unbroken) apply with turmeric powder and kumkumam put on top and attached to the kalasham. Also sandal paste and kumkumam applied to the kalasham.

We tie the Varalakshmi “Face” to the front of the coconut. The coconut and kalasham shape the body and we decorate it further by putting special clothes (PAVADAI) and jewels to the deity.Now the kalasham symbolically represents Lakshmi. The kalasham is generally put on a rice bed. Goddess Lakshmi then invoked. To worship, fresh flowers and grains used, indicating prosperity.

After performing Lord Ganesha’s initial worship (seeking to remove all obstacles), prayers offered to the kalasham. The holy yellow thread is first tied to the goddess.The yellow thread made with nine knots and a flower put in the middle. Now Lakshmi’s main worship starts with a second worship of the holy yellow thread.

Finally, the thread tied around the performer’s right hand side and all other women in the family. Prayers then chanted in the form of Lakshmi Ashtothram Sathanamavali,  Sri Lakshmi Sahasranamam Stotram and arathi songs are sung.In the evening, other married women are invited and offer thambulam bag that has bettle leaf, bettle nut, comb, mirror, kumkum, manjal kilangu, banana and bangles.

Modern Store Indian Grocery has all decorative items, face and Lakshmi idols to perform Varalakshmi Vrata. For prosperity and peaceful living, Modern Store provide Varalakshmi puja items  to our customers for this festival seeking the blessing of the Goddess Lakshmi.