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Navaratri Devi Puja
Oct 13th, 2012 by Sowmya

The Sharad Navaratri Puja, or Devi puuja in Navaratri falls in the month of Ashwiyuja (generally Oct. ) over a 10 day period. The 10th day is called Vijayadashami, which is auspicious for starting any new venture, initiating the alphabets for children, learning new languages, music or for developing new (improved) relationship with one’s spouse or children or office colleagues.
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Learn to Chant – Lakshmi Aarti
Jul 22nd, 2012 by Sowmya

Lakshmi Arathi

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMgbSSFuXVg&hl=en&fs=1&]

LYRICS:
ENGLISH
SANSKRIT/HINDI
TAMIL
TELUGU
MALAYALAM
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Vara Mahalakshmi Puja – Katha
Jul 22nd, 2012 by Sowmya

This is the story behind the celebration of the Varalakshmi Vrata and can be read along with the puja. The Katha has also been included as part of the full Puja text that can be downloaded in various Indian languages HERE.
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Suta Puranika addresses Shaunaka and other rishis thus: “Let me tell you a story about a Vrita which gives all the benefits and pleasure of this world to women. This Vrita was once narrated by Lord Parameshwara to Parvathi”.
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Varalakshmi Puja
Aug 17th, 2010 by Sowmya

Varalakshmi Puja or Vrata is a ceremony performed by women on the Friday before the full moon in the month of Sravana (July/August) and this year it falls on Friday, the 20th. It is commonly performed in the South Indian states of Andhra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The puja is performed to take blessings of the Goddess Lakshmi, who is the Goddess of wealth and auspiciousness. As per legend, this vratam was recommended by Lord Shiva to his wife Parvati to gain wealth and prosperity. He tells her the story of a lady Charumati who was asked by the goddess Varalakshmi, in her dream, to do the vratam in order to fulfill her wishes. She performed the vratam along with other ladies in her village with great devotion. They offered the deity lots of delicacies and once the vratam was completed, they were amazed to find their bodies decked with expensive jewels and their homes full of riches. From then on, women started performing this vratam every year seeking wealth and prosperity in their families. Read the rest of this entry »

Sri Suktham
Sep 28th, 2009 by Sowmya

Sri Sukta/Sri Suktam, is a vedic hymn from the Rig Veda which is in propitation of Shree or Mahalakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity.

The Sri Suktam assumes specific significance because of Sri Mahalakshmi’s presence on Lord Sri Venkateswara (at Tirumala) or Vishnu’s chest, at the Heart. Lakshmi is the embodiment of Love, from which devotion to God or Bhakti flows from. It is through Love/Bhakti or Lakshmi that the atma or soul is able to reach God or Vishnu.

Sri or Lakshmi is also the personification of the Spiritual energy within us and universe called Kundalini. Also, She embodies the Spiritual World or Vaikunta; the abode of Lakshmi-Narayana or Vishnu, or what would be considered Heaven in Hinduism. She is also the Divine qualities of God and the soul. Lakshmi is God’s superior spiritual feminine energy or the Param Prakriti, which purifies, empowers and uplifts the individual. Hence, She is called the Goddess of Fortune.

The following video has an easy sing along english text and meanings as well..

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Vd6xbQDTYs]

Sanskrit Lyrics

Tamil Lyrics

Mahalakshmi Stuti
Sep 26th, 2009 by Sowmya

The following is a hymn in praise of Goddess Mahalakshmi, who is the Goddess of wealth and all auspiciousness.

The stotras are sung by my mother Mrs. K.V.Lalitha and Shree has compiled the slides with the Sanskrit transliteration.

Please wait for the video to load – the first time load may take a few minutes due to the high video quality.

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