Varamahalakshmi Vratam 2023: Varamahalakshmi Vratam also called Varalakshmi Vrat or Varalakshmi Puja is one of the significant days to worship the Goddess Lakshmi, the consort of Lord Vishnu.
Varamahalakshmi is the goddess of wealth, fortune, wisdom, and prosperity so by praying Goddess Lakshmi with total faith all wishes come true and obstructions from the path removed.
Varamahalakshmi Puja is one of the most important festivals celebrated across the southern parts of the country such as Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala.
When is Varamahalakshmi Vratam in 2023?
Varalakshmi Vratam falls in the month of Shravana Shukla Paksha Shukravaram(2nd Friday of July-August month). In 2023, Varamahalakshmi Puja falls on August 25, Friday. The festival celebrated on this day holds lots of auspicious importance for married women, who hold puja and offer prayers to the deity.
It is an important Vrat mainly performed by married women for the well-being of their husbands and family members. It is believed that worshipping Goddess Varamahalakshmi on this day is equivalent to worshipping Ashtalakshmi, who is eight forms of the Goddess Lakshmi i.e Wealth, Earth, Learning, Love, Fame, Peace, Pleasure, and Strength.
Varalakshmi Vratam 2023 Date and Time
How to celebrate Varamahalakshmi Festival
It is believed that worshipping Goddess Varalakshmi on this auspicious day, all wishes will be granted, and devotees welcome home good fortune and blessings. The vratam or fast is observed to offer prayers to Goddess Mahalakshmi and seek her divine blessings.
There are no strict rules for observing Varalakshmi vrat. The rituals are not rigid, devotees can follow even simple prayers to appease Goddess. A list of items for pooja and rituals to perform during pooja is described below.
Rituals of Varalakshmi Vratam : Puja Vidhi
Varalakshmi puja vidhi is similar to Mahalakshmi Puja which is performed on Deepawali
- Wake up early and take bath.
- Devotees who worship the Mahalakshmi observe the ritualistic fast on Friday morning from sunrise till the Varamahalakshmi puja is completed.
- Then purify the puja area with Gangajal or regular water.
- Now draw rangoli with rice flour and place the Peeta over this rangoli.
- Then place a banana leaf on the Peeta and put some Akshat on the banana leaf. Then place the ‘Kalash’ (silver or brass pot)filled with water, whole coconut, and 5 fresh betel leaves on the Peeta, Then decorate coconut with turmeric and kumkum, Fix the face of Goddess Varalakshmi to the husk of the coconut.
- The ‘Kalasha’ is now symbolic of Goddess Varamahalakshmi and worshipped with full devotion.
- And finally decorate the Goddess Varamahalakshmi by draping a new silk saree(red or green) along with Mangalsutra, Bangles, flowers, and garlands. Offer akshat, Chandan, kumkum, Sindhur to the Goddess. Here are some of the silk saree options that can be used to drape varalakshmi.
- Kanchivaram silk saree
- Patola silk saree
- Mysore silk saree
- Cotton Silk Saree
- Offer fresh fruits, fresh grains, sweets, and savories.
- The Vratha is performed with the beginning of Lord Ganesha Puja. Then the main worship of Varalakshmi begins.
- Then start doing puja by lighting an oil /ghee lamp.
- Worship the Varalakshmi by chanting the sacred mantras dedicated to Goddess Varalakshmi along with reading the story of this Vratam.
- Offer the flowers one by one and then the tamboolam (consisting of betel nuts, fruits, coconut, Dakshina, flowers, Haldi, and kumkum).
- Then offer the Naiveidhyam – Payasam, Obattu(Puran Poli), kosumbari, Pulivogare.
- Conclude puja by performing Aarti with Diya, Camphor, and tying the sacred yellow thread around the right wrist.
- In the evening women visit other houses and exchange sweets and offerings and blessings.
Importance of celebrating Varamahalakshmi Vratam
According to Skanda Purana, once Goddess Parvati asked her husband, Lord Shiva about Varalakshmi puja that will be beneficial for women. Then Lord Shiva narrates the story and importance of Varalakshmi Vratam which is beneficial for women. Those who perform this Vratam will be blessed with Food, Long Life, Health, Wealth, Progeny, and the Long life of a husband. To illustrate the importance of the Varalakshmi Vratam, Lord Shiva narrates the story of Charumati.
A highly pious housewife and devotee of Goddess Lakshmi, Charumati regularly offered prayers to the Goddess. Thus Goddess Lakshmi appeared in her dream and directed her to worship the ‘Varamahalakshmi Vratam’ and seek to fulfill her wishes. Charumati followed the instructions of Goddess Lakshmi and invited all her neighbors, friends, and relatives, and performed puja as directed by Goddess Lakshmi. Soon after the puja, all the people who participated in the puja were blessed with wealth and prosperity.
Slowly, ‘Varamahalakshmi Puja’ got spread all over and it became a traditional festival for all the married women to observe this Vratam on every Shravana Shukla Paksha Shukravaram(2nd Friday of Shravana month).