October 6, 2007
According to Hindu tradition, Sravanamasam(July/Aug) is considered to be very auspicious month especially for women who perform the very famous Varalakshmi Vratam on Fridays. Usually, Varalakshmi Vratam will be performed in Sravanamasam Friday well before the Full moon or Poornima. Vara means boon and Goddess Varalakshmi who gives all the boons to those who perform the Vratam. Those who failed to perform the Vratam to invoke the blessings of Goddess on that day, they could do so on any Friday of the Sravanamasam.
The different types of benefits that will accrue thanks to performing the Varalakshmi puja are Dhan (Money), Dhanyam (Gains or Food), Arogyam (Health), Sampath (property), Sathsanthanam (Virtuous offspring) and Dheerga saumangalyam (Longevity of the husband).
Ancient texts say that who perform the puja have to observe fast on the eve of Varalakshmi Vratam. On the day of Puja, they should get up early during Brahma Kalam and take a bath. The house hold should be cleaned and the entrances smeared with turmeric powder and the kum kum marks applied. A small Mandapam is set up by drawing a rangoli. Rice is spread on the rangoli and a kalasa is placed on the rice. The kalasa comprises a small pot which is filled with rice & on which is placed a coconut. Atop the coconut, a cloth is placed like cap. Some people decorate the kalasha with many kinds of jewels to make it look more beautiful. They place this kalasha on a plate filled with rice. The main pooja begins by worshiping Lord Ganesha who is believed to drive away all obstacles and evil forces. Later, goddess Mahalakshmi is invoked into the kalasha. They then worship a couple of torams (a bunch of nine threads with nine knots) and tie one to the kalasha while the other one is tied around the right hand wrist of the lady performing the pooja. Later, they chant the Lakshmi Ashtottara Shatanamam (a list of hundred names in praise of the deity) with a lot devotion. They then offer the goddess nine varieties of delicacies including both sweets and savories. In conclusion of the vratam, they sing hymns in praise of goddess Varalakshmi and also invite another married woman assuming her to be goddess Varalakshmi and offer her sweets. That evening, they invite all the neighboring laides to their homes and offer them tamboolam (an offering consisting of betel leaves, fruits, betel nuts, vermillion, turmeric and dakshina [money]). They also collectively sing songs in praise of goddess Varalakshmi. min woman Charumathi lives in Kundina Town of Magadha kingdom with her husband and in-laws. She is an ideal daughter in law and wife serving her in laws and husband dutifully. One night, Goddess Mahalakshmi appears in the dream and asks her to perform puja to Varalakshmi, the Goddess who is giver of boons. Accordingly, she organizes the puja and invites her relatives and friends to the puja. After the puja, all those who attended get wealth and prosperity. This puja is performed by all irrespective of caste, creed and is very popular in north Andhra Pradesh.
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