Varalaxmi Vratam – Varalakshmi Puja

Varalakshmi Pooja or Vrata is an important puja dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi – the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. In 2014, the date of Varalakshmi Puja is August 8. This Lakshmi Puja is observed by married women in the Indian states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and by some communities in Kerala and Goa.

Varalakshmi Puja is performed for the prosperity and welfare of the family. It is believed that worshipping Goddess Lakshmi on the day is equal to worshipping all the Ashtalakshmi (Eight Lakshmi).

The importance or significance of Varalakshmi Vrata was narrated by Lord Shiva to Goddess Parvati. It is mentioned in the Skanda Purana that once Goddess Parvati wanted to know about a ‘Vrata’ that is beneficial to all women and Lord Shiva narrated the glory of Varalakshmi Vrata.

It is believed that taking part in the puja or even observing the Varalakshmi Pooja is highly auspicious.
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