Varalakshmi Puja
August 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. On the day of Varalakshmi vratam, women clean their homes and decorate their front yards with rangolis (colorful designs traced on the floor). Later, they take a bath and deck themselves with beautiful clothes and jewellery. They then begin the process of performing the vrata by first arranging the kalasha or sacred pot. They fill the pot with rice and water which symbolize prosperity and cover it with mango and betel leaves. They then place a coconut smeared with turmeric and vermilion on the kalasha and also decorate the coconut with a new cloth. Some people decorate the kalasha with many kinds of jewels to make it look more beautiful. They place this kalasha on a plate filled with rice. The main puja begins by worshiping Lord Ganesha, who is believed to drive away all obstacles and evil forces. Later, goddess Mahalakshmi is invoked into the kalasha. They then worship a couple of torams (a bunch of nine threads with nine knots) and tie one to the kalasha while the other one is tied around the right hand wrist of the lady performing the pooja. Later, they chant the Lakshmi Ashtottara Shatanamam (a list of hundred names in praise of the deity). They then offer the goddess nine varieties of delicacies including both sweets and savories. In conclusion of the vratam, they sing hymns in praise of goddess Varalakshmi and also invite another married woman assuming her to be goddess Varalakshmi and offer her sweets. That evening, they invite all the neighboring laides to their homes and offer them tamboolam, an offering consisting of betel leaves, fruits, betel nuts, vermilion, turmeric and dakshina (money). They also collectively sing songs in praise of goddess Varalakshmi. Source: Wikipedia

The detailed Shodashopachara Puja, Katha and Arati are now available in our website multiple Indian scripts (Thanks to Aksharamukha transliterator). Please see the links below for the pdf file of your choice:

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8 Responses  
  • preeti batra writes:
    October 24th, 2011 at 7:17 am

    Is it possible to get the mantras in Devnagari / Sanskrit?

    • Sugandhi Ramani writes:
      July 18th, 2012 at 1:27 am

      I would like to have the pooja vidhi format in Sanskrit so that I can perform the poojaand I wil be evr greatful to you.

  • padma writes:
    May 13th, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    mail your email varalakshmi/lakshmi puja in devnagri/sanskri will be posted.

  • rama writes:
    July 17th, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Is it possible to get the mantras in Devnagari / Sanskrit?

    • somsram writes:
      July 17th, 2012 at 11:41 am

      I will try and make the puja available in Sanskrit and other languages..

  • Sugandhi Ramani writes:
    July 18th, 2012 at 1:28 am

    I had asked for the pooja in Sanskrit. My email id is as given above -( Email ID has been removed by admin to protect against spam.)

  • Vidhya writes:
    July 18th, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Could you please send me the varalaxmi Pooja in Sanskrit?
    Thank you

    • Sowmya writes:
      July 18th, 2012 at 5:49 pm

      Please check this site on the 21st of July. I will try to upload the puja by then in Sanskrit as well as other Indian languages.

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