Happy Vara Mahalaksmi

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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Varamahalakshmi actually means boon from the goddess of wealth i.e. laksmhi.

It is a big celebration for the married ladies in south india where they worhip goddess laksmi on this day and ask for health and well being of their family.

This pooja can be done with no restriction to caste or creed.The fast done here is followed with some special pujas.

Early in the morning women after taking bath, make a rangoli on the place where the kalasha is placed. They draw a lotus with 8 petals. The sacred Kalasha (brass/copper/silver) filled with rice and topped with fresh mango leaves, a coconut and cloth are placed on the mandala and Lakshmi is invoked.

Goddess is invoked by decorating the Kalasa with flowers, jewellery, vastra (new clothes – saree) fruits, dry fruits, fresh grains,  sweets and savouries. Some place coins, or rupee notes or make a garland of notes. The Vratha is performed with the beginning of Puja to Lord Ganesha. Then the main worship of Varalakshmi begins.

The raksha is worshiped for a second time and tied to the right hand of the woman. Articles are given as charity to sumangalis (married woman).

The significance of this fast can be seen in Skanda Purana.It is said that once Parvati and Shiva were playing chess, when Shiva went on claiming his victory unjustly , though it was Parvati who was actually winning.At this Parvati demanded for an umpire and so Chitranemi ( a creation of Shiva) was chosen.Even he favored Shiva unfairly thus provoking Parvati.She cursed Chitranemi that he should become a leper for discharging his duty in most unfair manner.When Chitranemi begged Parvati’s forgiveness, she is said to have modified the curse by adding that he would be cured of his leprosy by observing the Vara Lakshmi Vrata. By doing this Chitranemi was, it is said,cured of the disease.

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