Varalakshmi puja is a special ritual by women and is devoted to Varamahalakshmi or Goddess Lakshmi. It is believed that she will grant boons to those who observe the puja.
Rituals of Varalakshmi Puja Or Vratham
On the day of Varalakshmi Vratham, women clean their houses and decorate their front gate with rangolis. After that, devotees takes a holy bath and dressed in beautiful clothes and jewelry. After,they performing the Vrata by first arranging the Kalasha or Sacred Pot. They fill the pot with rice and water which symbolize prosperity, success and cover it with mango and betel leaves. After that, place a coconut with turmeric and vermilion on the Kalasha and decorate the coconut with a new cloth. Some devotees decorate the Kalasha with jewels to make it look more beautiful and this Kalasha is placed on a plate filled with rice.
The main puja starts by worshiping Lord GaneshaGanesha
The guardian deity of Hindus, also known as the Ganapati (The God of all groups) is the son of Lord Shiva ...
, who is assumed to drive away all obstacles and evil forces. Later, goddess Mahalakshmi is invoked into the Kalasha
. They then worship a couple of Torams and tie one to the Kalasha
while the other one is tied around the right-hand wrist of the woman performing the pooja. After, they chant the LakshmiLakshmi
Lakshmi is a Hindu goddess who is regarded as the ultimate deity of wealth...
Ashtottara Shatanamam and offering nine varieties of foods including sweets and savories. In the evening, devotee invite all the neighbor women to their homes and offer them Tamboolam, an offering consisting of betel leaves, fruits, betel nuts, vermilion, turmeric and Dakshina (money). They collectively sing songs in praise of goddess Varalakshmi.
Similarly, in some other parts, Vaibhav Lakshmi Vrat Vrat is the Hindi term of fast . It is a process in which devotees do not consume food or/and water on the days dedicated to the Gods they believe in, to show their dedication and to gain health and prosperity
Katha is performed. This Vrat is performed for wish fulfillment on Fridays. In this Vrat, people worship Goddess Lakshmi in eight different forms: Shri Dhan Lakshmi Maa, Shri Gaj Lakshmi Maa, Shri Veer Lakshmi Maa, Shri Aishwarya Lakshmi Maa, Shri Vijaya LakshmiVijaya Lakshmi
The term ‘Vijaya’ means Victorious and Vijaya Lakshmi provides or rather... Maa, Shri Adi LakshmiAdi Lakshmi
A group of eight Hindu deities who preside over eight sources of wealth are collectively... Maa, Shri Dhanya LakshmiDhanya Lakshmi
The term ‘Dhanya’ means grains, thus Dhanya Lakshmi is the grain... Maa, and Shri Santan Lakshmi Maa
The next day, that is on Saturday, after taking a bath the Kalasham is demolished and the water in the Kalasham is sprinkled in the house. If rice is used then it is mixed with rice in the house.
Special Prayers or Shlokas to be chanted on Varalakshmi Vratha day Lakshmi Ashtotram and Lakshmi Sahasranamam
Important Things to Remember on Varalakshmi Puja Day
1. In some part of a region, Green Bananas are not cooked.
2. Please do not fast, if you are suffering from any disease or any pregnant woman.
3. Sundal is eaten on Friday and Saturday evening.
4. Do does not impose the Puja to any other person. You should celebrate it only if you are really interested.
5. Unmarried women celebrate the puja if their mother is celebrating it. Pregnant women can skip the puja.