Varalakshmi Vratham For health, wealth and prosperity

Varalakshmi Vratham For health, wealth and prosperity
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Varalakshmi Vratham For Health, Wealth And Prosperity. Varalakshmi Vratham is an important puja dedicated to Goddess Varalakshmi which is performed by women in the states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. Varalakshmi is another form of Lord Vishnu\'s consort Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth.

Varalakshmi Vratham is an important puja dedicated to Goddess Varalakshmi which is performed by women in the states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. Varalakshmi is another form of Lord Vishnu's consort Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth.

Varalakshmi Vratham falls during Shukla Paksha of the Hindu month Sravan and is observed on Friday before Sravan Purnima. Sravan Purnima is observed as Raksha Bandhan in most Indian states. Varalakshmi Vratham also happens to fall on the second Friday in the month of Sravan. Currently it falls in the month of July or August in English calendar. The festival is celebrated ahead of Raksha Bandhan and people flock to the city to shop. Huge discounts are offered on clothes and puja items such as flowers and fruits.

History

In the kingdom of Magadha, there lived a Brahmin woman called Charumathi in a town named Kundina. The prosperous town was the home of Charumathi and her husband. Impressed by her devotion to her family, Goddess Mahalakshmi appeared in her dream and asked her to worship Varalakshmi (Vara = boon, Lakshmi = Goddess of wealth) and seek to fulfil her wishes.

Varalakshmi is yet another form of Lord Vishnu's consort, Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth. 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, they encouraged her to perform the pooja. Many other women of the village joined her in performing the pooja in a traditional way and offered sweet dishes to the Goddess. They prayed with deep devotion.

Benefits of worshipping Goddess Lakshmi

It is believed that worshipping Goddess Varalakshmi on this day is equivalent to worshipping Ashta Lakshmi - the eight Goddesses of Wealth (Sri), Earth (Bhu), Learning (Saraswati), Love (Priti), Fame (Kirti), Peace (Shanti), Pleasure (Tushti) and Strength (Pushti).

Each one of these forces is called a Lakshmi and all the eight forces are called the Ashta Lakshmi or the eight Lakshmis of the Hindus. Vishnu is also called Ashta Lakshmi Padhi which is equivalent to saying that he is the asylum for the eight-Lakshmis or forces. In fact Vishnu, representing the preservative aspect of the universe, radiates these forces from him. These forces are personified and worshiped as Lakshmis, since abstract force is beyond the comprehension of the ordinary people. As health, wealth and prosperity depend upon the rhythmic play of these forces, the worship of Lakshmi is said to be to obtain these three boons. This festival is observed largely by women, invoking the blessings of Lakshmi on them, their husbands and their children.

Performing the puja

On this occasion, women worship Goddess Lakshmi with utmost devotion offering sweets and flowers. Usually a kalash (representing the deity) will be decorated with flowers, gold jewellery and a saree with offerings placed in front of the idol.

This pooja can be done with no restriction to caste or creed. To this day many women observe this traditional festival praying Varalakshmi for her blessings in the form wealth and well being of the family.

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