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Vara Mahalakshmi Puja – Katha
July 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”.

One day Parvati Devi approaches Lord Parameshwara who is seated in a golden throne studded with jewels. She prostrates and asks him thus: “Lord, is there any way by which women in Bhuloka can attain wealth, property, progeny and be happy. Please tell me by worshipping whom, by what Vrita and also if that Vrita was performed by anybody in the past”. Parameshwar replies: “Manohari, yes there is a Varalaxmi Vrita which should be performed by women in Shravana Masa on the Friday before the full moon day of shukla paksha”. He further narrates the details of Shri Varalaxmi Vrita.

In Kundina city of Magadha Desha, there lived a pativrita saadvi by name Charumati. Everyday she woke up early in the morning, worshipped her husband with devotion, served her in-laws with respect and she remained pleasant in her manners all thru the day. One night in her dream, Charumati saw Goddess Laxmi who said “I’m Varalaxmi Devi and I’ve appeared before you as I’m extremely pleased with you. If you worship me on the Friday before Shravana Shukla Poornima, I’ll grant all your wishes”. In her dream itself, Charumati praised Varalaxmi Devi thru various stotras and says, “O Jagajjanani, only with your blessings people can become scholars, affluent and contented. It is my ‘ poorva janma sukrita’ to have you appear in my dream’. Pleased by Charumati’s humility, Laxmi showered boons on her and disappeared.

Charumati immediately woke up and explained her dream to her husband, in-laws and companions and all of them encouraged her to perform the pooja as told by the Goddess. All of them eagerly waited for the day. On that Friday, they woke up early in the morning, took bath and wore silk sarees and then cleaned the whole house with ‘gomaya’, decorated the altar, placed the kalasham on the newly harvested rice, invited Goddess Varalaxmi and performed the pooja with all shraddha and bhakti. They tied the holy thread with 9 knots around their right wrist, offered various food items to the Goddess and did ‘pradakshina namaskaras’. By the time they did 3 pradakshina namaskaras, by Laxmi’s blessings, they were decked with jewels like anklets, bangles and such other ornaments studded with nine precious stones. Their houses turned gold and they possessed horses, elephants and chariots. Charumati and her companions honoured brahmins with ‘dakshina tambula’, received their blessings and ate the prasadam with reverence. Ever since, Charumati and other ladies performed this Vrita regularly and lived happily.

Lord Parameshwar concludes saying, ‘Parvati, this supreme Vrita can be performed by anybody (without the barrier of the varnas) and the performer will get all their wishes fulfilled. One who reads this story and one who listens to this story will attain success and benevolence with the blessings of Shri Varamahalaxmi”.

OM SRI VARA MAHAA LAKSHMYAI NAMAH

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