Varalakshmi Vratam Puja Vidhi

Varalakshmi  Puja, Ritual  or Vratam  is a ceremonial  prayer performed by Married women on Friday in the month of Shravan [Jully/August] before the Pornima or full moon day.

This year, Varalakshmi Vratam falls on Friday 8th August, 2014.

This is most important ritual usually performed in the South India, in the states of Telangana, Simandhra [A. P.], Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

 

 

Puja Vidhi

 

On Varalakshmi vratam, Day women clean their house in the early morning and decorate their front Area with Rangolis (Colorful and traditional Indian decoration). Later, they take a bath and beautify with beautiful clothing and jewellery.Goddess-Maha Lakshmi

Then start on the process of performing the Vratam [Ritual] by first making the Kalasha or holy pot. They fill it with Water and Akshta [Rice] which represent the wealth then covers it with mango and / or with betel leaves.

Then place a coconut smeared with turmeric and vermilion on the kalasha and also cover up the Coconut with the new cloth. Several people beautify the kalasha using many kinds of jewels.

They put this Kalasha on a plate full with rice. The main puja begin with worshiping Lord Ganesha, who is supposed to be healer of obstacles and evil forces [Vignharta]. Later, on goddess Mahalakshmi is invited in to the Kalasha. Then worship a couple of Kankanam (a cluster of nine threads with nine knots) and tie one to the kalasha while the other to the e right hand wrist of the Women performing the Puja. Later, they chant the Lakshmi Ashtottara Shatanamam (Hundred and eight names in honor of Goddess Mahalaxmi ). Then Food offering is made [Naivyadam] the goddess which includes nine varieties of food including both sweets and savories.

Kalash - Varalakshmi

In winding up of the Vratam, they sing hymns (The Mangal Harthi in love of Goddess) in honor of goddess Varalakshmi. 

They invite one more married Woman [Sumangli] assuming her as a goddess Varalakshmi and offer her with sweets. That evening, they invite neighboring Women to their house and offer tombola, the betel leaves offering, fruits, betel nuts, vermilion, turmeric and dakshina [Money]. They collectively sing songs in honor of goddess Varalakshmi.

 

This puja consists chanting of Sacred Slokas devoted to Goddess Maha Lakshmi like the Mahalxmi Ashtkam, the Lakshmi Ashtottara Shatanamvali.  Different types of sweets foods are offered. Some people offer Sweet Pongal.Varalksmi Food Offering

On the next day, which is on Saturday, after taking a bath the kalash is dismantled and water from the  Kalash is sprinkled all over the house. The rice is used to mix with rice in the house.

There are no strict or hard rules in performing this Varalakshmi Puja and one can just to be performed with outmost devotion not necessary to have specific Puja items. Even a simple whole hearted prayer can make happy Goddess Maha Laxmi.

 

Shri Maha Lakshmi Ashtottara Shatanamavali (108 names)

II Om prakrityai namah II

Om vikrityai namah II

Om vidyaayai namah II

Om sarvabhuutahitapradaayai namah II

Om shraddhaayai namah II

Om vibhuutyai namah II

Om surabhyai namah II

Om paramaatmikaayai namah II

Om vaache namah II

Om padmaalayaayai namah II

Om padmaayai namah II

Om shuchaye namah II

Om svaahaayai namah II

Om svadhaayai namah II

Om sudhaayai namah II

Om dhanyaayai namah II

Om hiranmayyai namah II

Om laxmyai namah II

Om nityapushhtaayai namah II

Om vibhaavaryai namah II

Om adityai namah II

Om ditye namah II

Om diipaayai namah II

Om vasudhaayai namah II

Om vasudhaarinyai namah II

Om kamalaayai namah II

Om kaantaayai namah II

Om kaamaaxyai namah II

Om krodhasambhavaayai namah II

Om anugrahapradaayai namah II

Om buddhaye namah II

Om anaghaayai namah II

Om harivallabhaayai namah II

Om ashokaayai namah II

Om amritaayai namah II

Om diiptaayai namah II

Om lokashokavinaashinyai namah II

Om dharmanilayaayai namah II

Om karunaayai namah II

Om lokamaatre namah II

Om padmapriyaayai namah II

Om padmahastaayai namah II

Om padmaaxyai namah II

Om padmasundaryai namah II

Om padmodbhavaayai namah II

Om padmamukhyai namah II

Om padmanaabhapriyaayai namah II

Om ramaayai namah II

Om padmamaalaadharaayai namah II

Om devyai namah II

Om padminyai namah II

Om padmagandhinyai namah II

Om punyagandhaayai namah II

Om suprasannaayai namah II

Om prasaadaabhimukhyai namah II

Om prabhaayai namah II

Om chandravadanaayai namah II

Om chandraayai namah II

Om chandrasahodaryai namah II

Om chaturbhujaayai namah II

Om chandraruupaayai namah II

Om indiraayai namah II

Om indushiitalaayai namah II

Om aahlaadajananyai namah II

Om pushhtayai namah II

Om shivaayai namah II

Om shivakaryai namah II

Om satyai namah II

Om vimalaayai namah II

Om vishvajananyai namah II

Om tushhtayai namah II

Om daaridryanaashinyai namah II

Om priitipushhkarinyai namah II

Om shaantaayai namah II

Om shuklamaalyaambaraayai namah II

Om shriyai namah II

Om bhaaskaryai namah II

Om bilvanilayaayai namah II

Om varaarohaayai namah II

Om yashasvinyai namah II

Om vasundharaayai namah II

Om udaaraa.ngaayai namah II

Om harinyai namah II

Om hemamaalinyai namah II

Om dhanadhaanyakarye namah II

Om siddhaye namah II

Om strainasaumyaayai namah II

Om shubhapradaaye namah  II

Om nripaveshmagataanandaayai namah II

Om varalaxmyai namah II