Varalakshmi puja is celebrated to propriate Goddess Mahalakshmi the consort of Lord Vishnu. It is celebrated in the month of “Shravana” on the second Friday before the full moon. It is celebrated in many parts of southern India
- Aadi lakshmi (Protector)
- Dhanalakshmi (wealth)
- Dhanalakshmi (Food)
- Gajalakshmi (strength)
- Santana lakshmi (progeny)
- Dhairyalakshmi (courage)
- Vijayalakshmi (victory)
- Vidya lakshmi (knowledge)
Vara means boon. Varalakshmi means boon bestowing mother.
The significance of the vrat or puja was explained by Lord Shiva to Goddess Parvati in skanda purana. In a place called kaundinya pura in Magadha Kingdom there lived a pious woman CharumatiImpressed by her devotion towards her husband and in-laws Goddess Lakshmi appeared in her dream and asked her to perform the pooja of varalaksmi the boon bestowing mother. Charumati shared her dream with her family and the women in the village and on the second Friday of shravan
They performed the pooja with great devotion. It is said that as the pooja progressed the Goddess showered the women with ornaments and wealth.
On this occassion married women worship Goddess Varalaksmi with utmost devotion and offer fruits, flowers, sweets. A kalasham or a pot representing the deity is adorned with saree, flowers and ornaments and the Goddess is worshipped seeking blessings for well-being of husband, wealth, peace, progeny,
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