Varalakshmi Puja is one of the significant day to worship the goddess Maha Lakshmi who is considered to be the Goddess of wealth. Varamahalakshmi puja is the most auspicious festival celebrated by married Hindu woman to commemorate Goddess Mahalakshmi. “Vara” means “boon” and Goddess Lakshmi grants all boons to those who performs pooja with devotion on this day. It is believed that worshiping Goddess Lakshmi on this day is equivalent to worshiping Ashtalakshmi ( 8 Lakshmi), Goddesses of Wealth(Shri), Earth(Bhu), Learning(Saraswati), Love(Priti), Fame(Kirti), Peace(Shanti), Pleasure(Tushti) and Strength(Pushti).
Like most Indian rituals, Varamahalakshmi Puje too has many stories behind it. The most popular one recounts the tale of Charumati. In the Magadha of yore, there lived a Brahmin woman called Charumathi. Impressed by her devotion to her family, Goddess Mahalakshmdsi appeared in her dream and asked her to worship VaraLakshmi and seek to fulfill her wishes. The prayer was prescribed to be offered on the Friday of Sravana month preceding the night of full moon. When Charumathi explained her dream to her family, everyone encouraged her to perform the pooja. Many other women of the village joined her in performing the pooja in a traditional way and offered many sweet dishes to the Goddess Varalakshmi.
It is beleived that by the end of the Puje, the women were decked in gold and precious stones and their homes turned to gold. The women continued to perform the Puje for the rest of their lives and lived in prosperity and happiness.
Women wake up early, observes the ritualistic fast and perform the Puje. A kalash is wrapped and decorated with a saree. A swastika symbol is drawn with kumkum and sandalwood paste. The kalash pot is filled with raw rice or water, coins, five different kinds of leaves, and beetle nut. Flowers and gold jewelry with offerings are placed in front of it. Finally, some mango leaves are placed on the mouth of the kalash and a coconut smeared with turmeric is used to close the mouth of the kalash. A sacred thread that is tied during Varalakshmi Puja is called the Dorak. The sweets and offerings placed in front of the deity are known as Vayana.
The Pooja should not be conducted during the Rahu Kalam. On fridays, Rahu kalam usually is from 10.30 in the morning to 12.00 noon. Therefore, the Varamahalakshmi Pooja is best conducted before 10.30 am or after the noon. In certain parts of the country, it is believed that the Pooja must be performed in the evening or the time when the cows return home after grazing. It is important to tie a yellow thread with 9 knots and a flower in the center on your right hand after the Pooja. It is an important part of the ritual.
Naadleman wishes all the pretty ladies a happy Varamahalakshmi Puje. May goddess bless you all with good health, wealth, peace and prosperity.
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