Vara Mahalakshmi Festival
Vara Mahalakshmi Festival is the auspicious festival in Hindu culture, celebrated to ask goddesses to bless their husbands with longevity and health. The entire festival is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi. The deity is worshipped, and people observe fast in honor of the Goddess. The festival has massive significance in India in states like Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and more.
Married women usually offer the Varamahalakshmi Puja to protect the family’s prosperity and well-being. Worshipping Goddess VaraMahalakshmi on this day and observing fast is believed to be equivalent to worshipping Ashtalakshmi.
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When Is The Vara Mahalakshmi Festival Celebrated?
The Vara Mahalakshmi festival is widely observed in various parts of India. Apart from the Southern region, the festival is hugely celebrated in parts of India, Uttar Pradesh, Orissa, and more.
The festival is mostly celebrated or observed in the months of Shravan (or monsoon), on any date from July to August. The festival is usually observed on the 2nd Friday of Shukla Paksha of the Shravan month.
This year in 2023, according to the tithi, the festival will be celebrated on August 25, 2023. The second Friday of Shukla Paksha is mostly the Friday before the Full moon or Poornima.
Varamahalakshmi Puja Timing 2023
As of 2023, Vara Mahalakshmi Puja will be held on August 25, 2023. Usually, the fast is observed a few days before the Shravan Poornima. Both men and women can take an active part in the vratha. The most appropriate time to offer the Vara Mahalakshmi Puja is during the fixed Lagna. If done within the Lagna, it is believed that Goddess Vara Mahalakshmi will bestow the worshipper with long-term prosperity. Therefore, offering the Puja within the Lagna is advisable to show your appreciation and worship towards Goddess Vara Mahalakshmi.
The Lagna timings are as follows:
- Sikha Lagna Puja Muhurat (morning): 5:55 AM to 7:42 AM
- Vrischika Lagna Puja Muhurat (afternoon): 12:17 AM to 2:36 PM
- Kumbha Lagna Puja Muhurat (evening): 6:22 PM to 7:50 PM
- Vrishabha Lagna Puja Muhurat (midnight): 10:50 PM to 12:45 AM (August 26)
Rituals For Varamahalakshmi Puja
Goddess Vara Mahalakshmi is the Goddess of wealth and prosperity, the consort of Lord Vishnu. She is hailed to be one of the forms of Goddess Lakshmi. She was incarnated from Kshir Sagar or the milky ocean. Hence, she is described as having a milky complexion and wearing similar clothes. Praying to Goddess VaraMahalakshmi will bestow boons on you.
Ingredients Needed for Varalakshami Puja
Since you’re offering Puja to Goddess Vara Mahalakshmi, it is incredibly crucial that you follow the rituals correctly so that nothing goes wrong. Gather all the essential ingredients or samagris for the Pujas. These include:
|Dora Granthi||Akshatha||Sri Varamahalakshmi idol|
|Vastra||Fresh fruits and flowers||Sweets|
Vara Lakshami Puja Rituals
The rituals to follow for the Goddess VaraMahalakshmi for Pujas include:
- The devotee must wake up early on the Day of Puja and adorn clean clothes.
- Place the idol of Goddess Lakshmi on a wooden plank towards the east.
- On the wooden plank, place a bowl and fill it with rice.
- Put Chandan and kumkum on the sides of the wooden plank.
- Keep the fruits, silver coin, and betel leaves on the plank.
- Place a Kalash and decorate it with mango leaves. On the opening of the Kalash, keep a coconut.
- Apply a tilak made of chandan, kumkum and haldi on the coconut.
- Decorate the idol of Goddess Vara Mahalakshmi with bindi or kumkum. Place the idol in front of the coconut and tie them together using a thread.
- Put on vermillion and adorn the Goddess statue with new clothes.
- Light the diya. Before starting the Puja to Goddess VaraMahalakshmi, offer your prayers to Pratham pujya, Lord Ganesha.
- Offer prayers Vara Mahalakshmi goddess and recite the Vratham Katha.
- On the wooden plank, place the Prasad, offer your prayers and seek forgiveness for your mistakes and blessings from Goddess.
- After the Puja, untie and break the coconut. Drain the coconut water on any plant nearby and distribute the coconut as Prasad to everyone.
- On the next day, offer a small prayer to conclude the Vratha. Since Puja is conducted on Friday, ensure you’re not moving the idol from its destined place until Sunday.
Significance of Vara Mahalakshmi Vratha
Worshipping Goddess Varamahalakshmi on a Friday of the Shravan month is very auspicious. It is believed that people who observe a fast on the day of the festival with full devotion are blessed with endless prosperity, longevity, happiness, and wealth. In the earlier sections, we talked about the Ashtalakshmi, who are:
- Aadi Lakshmi (Force)
- Dhan Lakshmi (Wealth)
- Dhairya Lakshmi (Courage)
- Santaan Lakshmi (Children)
- Vidhya Lakshmi (Wisdom)
- Vijaya Lakshmi (Success)
- Dhaanya Lakshmi (Food)
- Gaja Lakshmi (Strength)
People who offer their prayers and seek fast on the Vara Mahalakshmi Puja are said to be offering their prayers to all the above eight forms. Therefore, they will be blessed by all of the deities if they observe the fast with complete dedication.
Story Of Vara Mahalakshmi Vratha
The Vratha Katha is recited to show the religious significance of the festival. A Brahmin woman, Padmavati was dutiful to her husband and also helped those in need around her in the Kingdom of Kosala. Goddess Lakshmi observed her holy deeds and was delighted with her. Goddess Lakshmi then asked Padmavati to perform the Vrata on a specific date of the Shravan month to achieve salvation.
Another story is about an honest woman, Charumati, who was dutiful to her husband and her family. One night she received a dream of Lord Vishnu, who asked her to worship Goddess Lakshmi every year in the month of Shravan. By doing so, she will get the blessings of Goddess Varamahalakshmi and all forms of wealth.
How Hiring A Pandit Will Help With Smooth Vara Mahalakshmi Vratha Completions?
Hiring a Pandit ensures that the entire Puja is done smoothly if you’re planning to organize Vara Mahalakshmi Puja at your own house.
Since the Varlakshmi Puja is slightly complex and requires chanting the mantras accurately, hiring a Pandit will significantly help. You can hire professionally trained pandits from SmartPuja, who will assist you in conducting the entire Puja smoothly within the Lagna.
Our expert Vedic pandits will take care of all the samagris and provide a checklist for household items. All you need to do is book the desired puja from our platform and proceed with advance payment while confirming the date, time, and place.
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