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Varalakshmi Vratam 2024 Date – Varamahalakshmi Puja - Varalakshmi Vratham And Puja For Goddess Lakshmi

Varalakshmi Vratam is observed by married women in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and other parts of South India. Varamahalakshmi Puja date is based on Hindu calendar and panchang time in India. Varalakshmi Vratam 2024 date is August 16. Goddess Lakshmi – the goddess of wealth and prosperity – is worshipped on the day. Varamahalakshmi literally means the boon granting goddess.

Varamahalakshmi Vratha - Varalakshmi Festival

The Friday before the Full Moon, or Pournami day, of Tamil Month Aadi is chosen to perform Varalakshmi Puja. The corresponding month in the Kannada, Marathi and Telugu Calendar is the Shravan month. Some years the day will be pushed into Tamil Aavani Masam.

Worshipping Goddess Lakshmi on Varalakshmi Vrata day is equivalent to worshipping Ashtalakshmi – the eight goddesses of Wealth, Earth, Learning, Love, Fame, Peace, Pleasure, and Strength.

The importance of Varalakshmi Puja is mentioned in the Skanda Purana. It is believed that importance of Varalakshmi Puja was narrated to Goddess Parvati by Shiva.

Goddess Parvati wanted to know about a Vrata that is highly beneficial to a woman, which will help her lead a happy and prosperous life on earth. Mahadeva Shiva then mentioned about the Varamahalakshmi Vratam.

The equivalent form of Ashta lakshmi is Vara Lakshmi. Vara means boon. Hence she is called as 'Boon Giver' Lakshmi. She grants wealth, strength, progeny, food grains, knowledge, courage and victory to those who worship her during Varalakshmi Vratham in Sravana Masam.

Varalakshmi Vratam Rules

  • On the day, homes are cleaned and will be decorated with mango leaves and rangoli.
  • Footprints of the goddess will be painted from the threshold to the place of worship, symbolically welcoming the goddess of wealth Mahalakshmi.
  • Shlokas dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi are recited.
  • The murti (idol) of Goddess Lakshmi is decorated.
  • A Kalash half-filled with rice and neck of the pot is decorated with fresh mango and betel leaves
  • A coconut smeared with haldi and kumkum and cloth are placed in the puja area and Goddess Lakshmi is invoked therein. 
  • Women fast till the puja is over. 
  • Special dishes like vada, mango rice, dal vadas and sweets like payasam are prepared on the day.
  • Women gather in houses in the neighborhood and take part in community 'arathi' in the evening. 
  • They exchange gifts like bangles, kumkum, betel leaves, fruits and flowers.
Vara Mahalakshmi is also auspicious day for beginning business and for house-warming functions. It is also one of the most popular festivals of Vaishya community.

Varalakshmi Vratham Story

To illustrate the importance of the Vratha, Bhagavan Shiva narrates the story of Charumati. Pleased with Charumati’s devotion to her husband and family, Goddess Lakshmi appeared in her dream and asked her to perform the Varalakshmi Vratha. The pious Charumati invited all her neighbors, friends and relatives and performed the Varalakshmi puja as directed by Goddess Lakshmi. Soon after the puja, all the people who participated in the puja were blessed with wealth and prosperity.

Varalakshmi Vratham at Padmavathi Ammavari Temple

The Varalakshmi Vratam is grandly celebrated as annual event at the Padmavathi Ammavari Temple, Tiruchanur. Goddess Padmavathi is decked up in the form of Varalakshmi on this day and She blesses her devotees with happiness, wealth and prosperity.

Thousands of devotees arrived in the temple to take part in the Varalakshmi pooja.

In the evening, Goddess Padmavathi Devi is taken around in procession in a golden chariot through the holy streets of Tiruchanur.

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