Varalakshmi Vratham, Significance of Wealth and Prosperity:
Varalakshmi Vratham is very important to the Indian women. The Indian people celebrate many festivals which have great influence on our society. Some festivals celebrated throughout the country, some are only in certain parts of our country.
Varalakshmi Vratham celebrated mostly in south India. Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh states are very famous celebrating this festival. Varalakshmi Vratham is very important festival especially to the women in these two states. Varalakshmi is the Goddess of wealth and the consort of Lord Vishnu. This festival also celebrates in some parts of Tamil Nadu, Orissa and Maharashtra. Varalakshmi is one of the most important Goddess in Hinduism, and the festival celebrated by the married women with great devotion. Usually, this festival falls in July or August. Performing Varalakshmi Vratham means worshipping all the different names of Goddess Lakshmi. Who performed Varalakshmi Puja those can achieve the following benefits in life they are:
|2. Dhanyam||grains or food|
|5. Sathsanthanam||Virtuous of spring|
|6. Dheerga Saumangalyam||Long Married Life|
Rituals and Celebrations of Varalakshmi Vratham:
Varalakshmi Vratham celebrated on the second Friday of Shravana month. On the day of Varalakshmi Puja, the married women wake up very early in the morning and prepare the house very clean. After the bath, they wear the new clothes and clean the Puja room and decorate it with rangolis. They keep the puja items in the pooja room and hang the garlands to the frame of Lakshmi or idol of Lakshmi Devi. They took the bronze or silver pot and decorate prepare it as Kalasam. Swastika symbol drawn on the pot and smeared with sandalwood paste.
The Kalasam filled with raw rice or water, coins, a single whole lime, five different kinds of leaves and beetle nut. Sometimes the kalam is covered up with a cloth and mango leaves are placed on the mouth of the kalasham. Then a coconut smeared with turmeric used to close the Kalasam and keep an image of Goddess Lakshmi. Pongal is the main prasadam to offer to Goddess Lakshmi. The devotees chant the mantras about praising Lakshmi and asked Her to bring fortune in their works. Finally, perform aarti to Goddess.
The next day the kalasam kept on a bed of rice and welcome Goddess Lakshmi Devi into their house to bless the family members. Later the Kalasham dismantled and the water in the kalasam sprinkled throughout the house to bless the house from Goddess Lakshmi.
Stories Behind Celebration of Varalakshmi Vratham:
There are many stories behind the importance of performing Varalakshmi Vratham. According to Skanda Purana, once Goddess Parvati asked her husband Lord Shiva which ‘vratam’ be most beneficial to women and her family. Then Lord Shiva narrated the story of Charumati. Charumati was a deeply devoted woman and always chant for Goddess Lakshmi. Then pleased Goddess Lakshmi appeared in her dream and asked her to perform the Varalakshmi Vratham and explain in the dream how to perform the Vrata. The next day Charumati invited all her neighbors and relatives and performed Varalakshmi Puja as directed by Goddess Lakshmi. After all, rituals performed, all the participated people blessed with wealth and prosperity.
Another Story about Varalakshmi Vratham:
Shyamabala is the daughter of King Bathrasiravas and Queen Surachandrika. Once Goddess Lakshmi came to the country as an old woman and asked the queen to perform the Varalakshmi Pooja for the prosperity of her kingdom, but the queen is not tolerated Goddess words. But the Princess asked the old woman how to perform the Varalakshmi Vratham and performed in her husband’s kingdom. With the performance of Varalakshmi puja, her kingdom started prospering in every level of the governance. At the same time, her parents lost their wealth and the country was thrown into misery. Then Shyambala explained her mother Queen Surachandrika about the importance of Varalakshmi Vratham and make her perform the pooja. After performing of the pooja the queen attain the previous glory.
Festival Recipes in Varalakshmi Vratham:
The festival recipes are boiled pulses, Holige, Kadubu, kosambri and vade. In some places, people prepare deep fried dishes like kadabu, chakuli, bajji and pale.