Varalakshmi is one who grants boons "Vara". It is an important pooja or ritual performed by many women in the states of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Varalakshmi Vrata is celebrated on the Second Friday or the Friday before the day of the full moon -Poornima in the Hindu month of Shravana. According to Hindu mythology Goddess Lakshmi is the presiding deity of prosperity, wealth, fortune, wisdom, light,.
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Varamahalakshmi Vratam or Varamahalakshmi Pooja which falls today is one of the most auspicious festivals for married women. This day is celebrated to worship the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity, Goddess Lakshmi, who is a consort of Lord Vishnu.
Married women perform Varamahalakshmi Pooja for the well being of their family, especially husbands. Varamahalakshmi Vratam falls in the month of Shravan on the second Friday or the Friday before full moon day. As the history goes, Varalakshmi was incarnated from the milky ocean or the Kshir Sagar.
Varalakshmi is often described as someone with the complexion of the milky ocean. While mainly women observe fast on this day, some men also participate. While the pooja for Varalakshmi is similar to that of Mahalakshmi pooja, there are also Dorak and Vayana. A holy thread which is tied during Varalakshmi Pooja is called as Doraka and sweets offered to Varalakshmi is known as Vayana.
Varalakshmi Pooja is performed during a specific time or Lagna for long-lasting prosperity. While any suitable time can be chosen for Varalakshmi Puja, people chose the evening time which overlaps with Pradosh as it is considered the most appropriate to worship Goddess Lakshmi.
According to legends, Lord Parameswara asked his wife Parvathi to perform the prayers to seek prosperity and happiness for the family. Following which married woman started praying for the well being of their families emulating Parvathi. According to another myth, Goddess Mahalakshmi appeared in the dreams of one of her devotees and asked her for her wishes, Charumathi impressed by her devotion to her family. Eight forces or energies come together to be called the Ashta Lakshmis or the right Lakhshmis of the Hindus.
Varalakshmi Vratham-Pooja Procedure/Puja Vidhanam
This story is from August 9, Once when Mother Parvati asked Lord Shiva to explain about a vrat that can confer the greatest of merits to the observers, Lord Shiva shared the information about Varalakshmi Vratham thereby making this one of the most beneficial kinds of vrathams observed. Though this vratham does not require elaborate preparations and ceremonies, when observed diligently, it can confer great benefits including health, wealth, happiness, long life, social status, success and others. The principal deity of this vratham is Varalakshmi meaning a manifestation of Lakshmi that grants boons to the devotees.
Varalakshmi Vratham 2019: Puja, Date and Time
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Varalaxmi Vratam 2017: Significance of the Varalaxmi Vrat and Fasting Rituals
Devotees observe the ritualistic fast known as the Varalaxmi Vrat. While the Vrata can be performed by men and women, it is generally the women of the family, who observe the fast to seek blessings for the well-being of her family members. Married women who have been facing trouble in conceiving also observe the fast religiously to fulfil their prayers. It is also believed that the overall health, wealth and prosperity of a unit relies upon the rhythmic play of these forces, hence worshipping Goddess Lakshmi can help devotees attain this balance. Women wake up early, observe the ritualistic fast and perform the Pooja, in which they offer fresh sweets and flowers to the Goddess.