What is Varalakshmi Vratam and how to celebrate it

Varalakshmi Vrata denotes the Vrat that Goddess Parvati once observed for her beloved Shiva. Hence, many married women follow the act of Parvati and observe this Vrat pray for the longevity of their husbands and children. On this day, married women wake up early and take a bath to be prepared for fasting.

Varalakshmi Vrata includes worshipping Goddess Laxmi, and many devotees come to the temples and celebrate this occasion. Here Varalakshmi means the one who grants wishes to devotees and especially married women; the festival is majorly celebrated in South India. Every year the festivity takes place on Friday before the full moon in the month of Shravana as per the Hindu calendar. Read more

This year it will be celebrated on Friday, August 20, 2021.

The Significance of Varalakshmi Vratam

The day is dedicated to all married women who observe fast and pray for their families. It is believed that praying to Goddess Varalakshmi on this day is equal to worshipping Ashtalakshmi or all the eight Goddesses of Wealth, Earth, Learning, Love, Fame, Peace, Pleasure, and Strength. That is why the date is so crucial that no married woman wishes to miss it.

As per the legend, devotees believe that Mata Parvati observed this fast for his Lord and his husband, Shiva. She observed the fast to ensure the happiness and prosperity of her family. To remember the act and Parvati’s devotion, people still follow the Vratam rituals and fast.

People don’t consume certain foods; these restricted foods differ state to state and place to place. For example, in one region, women can only have Thamboolam, which comprises slaked lime, betel leaf, and areca nut; there might not be such compulsion in another region.

To worship the Goddess Varalakshmi, people offer flowers, fruits, and sweets. They fill a Kalash with rice or water, coins, betel nut, and five different kinds of leaves. They then wrap this Kalash with a saree and draw a swastika symbol using vermillion and sandalwood paste. This Kalash represents the Goddess herself. Mango leaves and a coconut is kept at the mouth of the vessel, along with turmeric smeared. Flowers and gold are kept in the front of the pot as an offering to the Goddess.

The next day, this pot is used, and the pot’s water is sprinkled in the house. Raw grains of this pot are used for cooking the meal for the family.

Varalakshmi Vratham 2021 Pooja Timings

Varalakshmi pooja should be performed in the right Muhurta to take its most benefits and blessings of the Goddess. Given below is the Lakshmi Puja muhurat:

Varalakshmi Vratam on Friday, August 20, 2021

Simha Lagna Puja
Muhurat (morning) – 05:53 AM to 07:59 AM
Duration – 02 Hours 06

Vrishchika Lagna Puja
Muhurat (afternoon) – 12:35 PM to 02:54 PM
Duration – 02 Hours 19

Kumbha Lagna Puja
Muhurat (evening) – 06:40 PM to 08:07 PM
Duration – 01 Hour 27

Vrishabha Lagna Puja
Muhurat (midnight) – 11:07 PM to 01:03 AM, Aug 21
Duration – 01 Hour 56

Rituals of the Varalakshmi Vratam

All the Pooja Samagris are assembled a day before the Varalakshmi Vratam which means on Thursday.

The devotees rise early in the morning and take a bath. Brahma Muhurtham is considered the most sacred time for morning Puja.

Devotees then clean their house and decorate the home with kolams. Rangoli is also drawn where Puja happens.

Next, people prepare the Kalash, which represents the Goddess. A silver or bronze pot is considered auspicious, which is cleaned and smeared with sandalwood paste.

The pot is then filled with rice or water, and a Swastik symbol is drawn on it. One lime, coins, beetle nut, and five different kinds of leaves are also placed in the Kalash.

Afterward, the neck of the pot is covered with a clean cloth and mango leaves. The mouth is then covered with a turmeric-dipped coconut.

Puja starts by worshipping Lord Ganesha first and chanting the shlokas like “Lakshmi Sahasranamam.” Offerings such as Pongal are offered as Prasadam. Women wear a yellow thread around their wrists during the Puja.

On Saturday, devotees take a bath and empty the contents of the Kalash. If water is inside, they sprinkle it all over the house, and if rice is inside, they cook a meal for the whole family. Know more