Mahalakshmi or Ma Lakshmi is the goddess of good fortune i.e health, wealth and prosperity. She is worshipped for a good health, as well as for the husband’s health and long life. Varamahalakshmi festival is an important festival to celebrate Ma Lakshmi. Today let us know more about Varamahalakshmi festival and Varamahalakshmi vrat (Varamahalakshmi vratam).
Varamahalakshmi vrat ( Varalakshmi Vratam ) which falls before Shravanamas full moon day is very important festival for hindu celebrated specifically in south part of India.
This festival is celebrated by married woman. It is said that worshipping Ma Lakshmi today is equivalent to worshipping the Astalakshmi ( 8 forms of Ma Lakshmi)–
- Goddesses of Wealth(Shri),
- Goddess Earth(Bhu),
- Goddess of Learning(Saraswati),
- Goddess of Love(Priti),
- Goddess of Fame(Kirti),
- Goddess of Peace(Shanti),
- Goddess of Pleasure(Tushti)
- Goddess of Strength(Pushti).
Varalakshmi Vratam 2020: Date and puja timings
This year , 2020, the Varamahalakshmi vrat (Varamahalakshmi vratam) is being celebrated on Friday, July 31,
Muhurat for Varamahalakshmi Vrat 2020
- The Simha Lagna puja muhurat will be from 06:59 am to 09:17 am. (Duration of this muhurat being 2 hrs and 17 mins)
- The Vrishchika Lagna puja muhurat will be from 01:53 pm to 04:11 pm (Duration being 02 hours 19 mins)
- The Kumbha Lagna puja muhurat will be from 07:57 pm to 09:25 pm (Duration being 01 hour and 27 mins)
- The Vrishabha Lagna puja muhurat will be from 12:25 am to 02:21 am Aug 01, 2020 ( Duration being 1 hours and 56 mins)
Process of Varamahalakshmi vrat (Varamahalakshmi vratam).
The Varamahalakshmi vratam is as follows.
- Early in the morning women after taking bath should make a rangoli on the place where the Kalash will be placed.
- Fill the sacred kalasha with rice and top it with fresh mango leaves a coconut and cloth which is placed on the the top of the kalash to cover the coconut
- Invoke the goddess by decorating the Kalash with flowers , jewellery, fruits, dry fruits, fresh grains, sweets and other savouries.
- You can also place coins, or rupee notes or make a garland of notes.
Any auspicious festival should be started with worship to Lord Ganesh . Make a small cone shaped Ganesha using turmeric powder (also called as Manjal pillayar).
Sothe pooja starts with the beginning of pooja to Lord Ganesha. Then the main worship of Varalakshmi begins. The raksha ( red and orange thread) is worshiped for a second time and tied to the right hand of the woman.
Avahanam and Anga Pooja
Finish Ganesha pooja first and then take some flowers and akshat in hand and chant the Avahanam slokha.
Then offer the flowers and akshat to kalasha and invite Ma Lakshmi to your
Lakshmi Ksheera Samudra Raaja Tanaya
Sree Ranga Dhaameshvari
Daasi Bhootha Samasata Deva Vanithaam
Sreeman Manda Kataaksha Labdha Vibhava
Tvaam Trailokya Kudumbineem
Sarasijam Vande Mukunda Priyaam
After above is done, chant Lakshmi Ashtothram(108) by offering flowers to the kalash.
Lord Narayana, that is Lord Vishnu or Lord Hari , the husband of Lakshmi, an embodiment of Shuddha Sattwa, and the preserver of the world. He is also called the Ashta Lakshmi Padhi ( The 8 forms of Ma Lakshmi )
Adi (Protector) Lakshmi,
Dhana (Wealth) Lakshmi,
Dhanya (Food and Grains) Lakshmi,
Vijaya (Victory) Lakshmi,
Vidhya (Knowledge) Lakshmi,
Santana (Offsprings) Lakshmi,
Dhairya (Bravery and Strength) Lakshmi,
Soubhagya (Sumangali- Long life of husband) Lakshmi.
All becomes the embodiment of an ideal woman.
Legend of Varamahalakshmi vrat (Varamahalakshmi vratam)
The importance of the Varalakshmi Vrat was narrated by Lord Shiva to Ma Parvathi. The mention of which can be found in Skanda Purana. Those who perform this Vrat and Pooja are blessed with Dhana (food), Dhanya (food), Aayu (Long life), Aarogya (health), Aishwarya (wealth), Santanana (progeny) and Soubhagya (long life of husband).
According to the legend, long time ago a lady named Charumath lived in the Maratha kingdom. She was a very pious lady.
She took good care of her family , respected her in-laws, loving and cared for her husband and children. One day she dreamt about Goddess Lakshmi asking her to perform the pooja. She, with the consent of her family, performed this Vrata. She also told about this to other ladies.
She was blessed by Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi, and with this Vrat, it is said that one can find peace and prosperity in life.
This festival is mostly celebrated in South India and savouries like obattu, kosumbari, puliyogare, huli anna, hesaru bele payasa are made on this festival.
In the evening women visit other houses and exchange sweets and offerings.
How to do simple Varalakshmi Pooja
Many a times people are not very much aware of the detailed process of doing this pooja and may be interested in knowing if the pooja can be done in a simple way.
For doing a simple pooja, light the lamp and keep some neivedyam and do the pooja by chanting Mahalakshmi Ashtothram.
There is no hard and fast rule of performing this pooja. If you pray to goddess from the bottom of your heart you will be blessed. Invoke Ma Lakshmi by chanting Mahalakshmi Ashtothram.
So on this auspicious day, let us all pray to Goddess Vara Mahalakshmi to bless us with peace,health & wealth.
So friends, Goddess Lakshmi is one of the prime goddesses for us Hindus.
There are many temples dedicated to various forms of Ma Lakshmi in India. She is worshipped in different forms and incarnations all over the country.
Goddess Lakshmi is known as the goddess of wealth, people worship her for the wealth and prosperity.
Let is look at some prominent Ma Lakshmi Temples
What are some famous Lakshmi temples in India
Some famous Lakshmi temples in India and seek her blessings.
Shri Ashtalakshmi Temple – #1
One of the most important temples of Ma Lakshmi in India. The temple is dedicated to the Ma Lakshmi, and her eight devine forms ( also called as the Ashtalakshmi ) , the goddess of wealth, namely, offspring, success, prosperity, wealth, courage, bravery, food, and knowledge.
The Ashtalakshmi Kovil temple, lies on the shorelines near the Elliot’s beach, in Chennai, India. The sanctorums are depicted on a multi-tier complex.
Ashtalakshmi Temple is open:
Sun – Sat 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Address: elliots beach, 6/21 paindi Amman Kovil, Besant Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600090
Doddagaddavalli Lakshmi Devi Temple #2
The Lakshmi Devi temple is located in Doddagaddavalli. ( Doddagaddavalli is a village in Hassan District of Karnataka ). It is located 16 km from the capital , the Hassan city center and lies on the Hassan – Belur highway.
The Lakshmi Devi temple, was built by the Hoysala Empire King Vishnuvardhana in 1114 C.E. It is a very ancient temple and is of prime important, historically and religiously.
Entry Fee : No entry fee , Timings : 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Mahalaxmi Temple in Mumbai – #3
One of the most popular pilgrimage places in Mumbai and attracts pilgrims from across the country year round.
Mahalaxmi Temple is one of the most famous temple in Mumbai. It is located on the northern foot of Malabar Hills at Bhulabhai Desai Road in Breach Candy. The temple is dedicated to three dieties Laxmi, Kali and saraswati.
But the presiding deity here is Goddes Laxmi, the Goddess of Wealth. Everyday a large number of devotees visit this temple with lots of expectations. They believe that the Ma Mahalaxmi will take care of them and fulfills their wishes.
The temple is also famous for being one of the six places of the Shakti, where according to Hindu mythology, one can get achieve fulfilment from desire as well as salvation from it.
Navratri’ festival is a special and is celebrated in a big way in the Mahalakshmi temple. During these nine days the temple decorated with lighting and flowers.
A lesser known legend about this temple is that the idol of Ma Lakshmi is a ‘swayambhu‘ – that is one who has not been carved out but has appeared on stone by herself. The only way we can get a glimpse of her is to visit the temple around 9:30pm. During this time the original idols are open for darshan for about 15 to 20 minutes before the temple closes. The temple opens again at 6:00 am, directly with the morning abhisekham , after which the idols are covered and opens again forthe first Aarti. The original idol, being a ‘swayambhu’, is not carved, but an imprint on stone, and is covered with sindoor.
The temple is 1 km from Mahalakshmi railway station in Mumbai. There are two more temples, Tryambakeshwar temple and Mahadev dhakleshwar temple nearby which you can visit as well.
Bhulabhai Desai Road,
Mumbai-400 026.Contact : 022-2351 4732.
Timing: 06:00 A.M – 10:00 P.M
Please note that photography is strictly prohibited in the temple premises.
One of the very famous temples of Mumbai this temple is very crowded on Friday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Lakshmi Narayan Temple (Birla Mandir), Delhi – #4
The Laxminarayan Temple, also known as the Birla Mandir is dedicated to Laxminarayan. Based in Delhi, it is one of the most visited temples there.
Laxminarayan refers to Vishnu, the preserver and is also known as Narayan. When he is with his consort Lakshmi, he is referred to as Shri LaxmiNarayan.
Address: Mandir Marg, near Gole Market, Gole Market, New Delhi, Delhi 110001
Golden Temple Vellore – #5
Dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Ma Lakshmi, this temple complex is inside the Sripuram spiritual park, situated at the foot of a small range of green hills at Thirumalaikodi Vellore in Tamil Nadu, India.
This temple is
- 120 km from Tirupati,
- 145 km from Chennai,
- 160 km from Puducherry
- 200 km from Bangalore.
Address: Sri Narayani Peedam, Thirumalaikodi, Vellore, Tamil Nadu 632055
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