Varalakshmi vrat, also known as Varalakshmi Puja is an important Hindu festival that is celebrated in the honour of Goddess Lakshmi. This vrat is primarily observed by the married women to receive blessings from Varalakshmi, the consort of Lord Vishnu. This vrat is observed on the second Friday or on the Friday just prior to the Poornima (full moon day) in the Hindu month of Shravan or the month of Aadi in the Tamil calendar. It corresponds during the months of July or August.
Married women keep this sacred Varalakshmi Vrat to seek blessings for the entire family, especially their husband and children. As per the Hindu scriptures it is a strong belief that worshipping Goddess Lakshmi on this auspicious day is equal to offering prayers to Ashtalakshmi, who is the eight Goddesses of Love, Wealth, Strength, Peace, Fame, Pleasure, Earth and Learning. This vrat can be observed by everyone, irrespective of the caste and creed discriminations. The Varalakshmi Vrat is commemorated with full enthusiasm and faith in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, north Tamil Nadu and Telangana. The celebrations can also be witnessed in the state of Maharashtra. Owing to the popularity of this vratham in most parts of the country, the Varalakshmi Vrat is stated to be an official (optional) holiday in India.
Varalakshmi Vrat 2017 was on August 04 Friday
Rituals of the Varalakshmi Vrat:
- The preparation for the Varalakshmi vrat starts from the day prior to observing the vrat that is a Thursday. All the essentials required for the puja are assembled a day before.
- On the day of Varalakshmi vrat, Friday, the devotees rise early in the morning and get ready after taking the bath. The favourable time for getting up in the morning for the puja is ‘Brahma Muhurtham’, the time just prior to sunrise.
- After finishing the morning rituals, the devotees clean the house and the surrounding area and beautiful ‘kolam’ (rangoli) is decorated at the site of puja.
- The next step is the preparation of the ‘Kalasha’. You can either select a silver or bronze pot. It is meticulously cleaned and smeared with sandalwood paste. A ‘swastika’ symbol is then drawn on the Kalasha. The Kalasha is then filled with water or raw rice, one lime, coins, beetle nut and five different kinds of leaves. The choice of items used for filling inside the ‘Kalasham’ pot varies from region to region. In some places even turmeric, black beads, mirror, small black bangles or comb is used for filling the pot.
- The neck of the Kalasha is then covered with a clean cloth and the mouth is covered with mango leaves. in the end, a coconut daubed with turmeric is used to cover the mouth of the Kalasha. On the coconut, a picture of Goddess Lakshmi is sticked or drawn with turmeric powder. The Kalasha is now symbolic of Goddess Varalakshmi and worshipped with full devotion.
- This Kalasha is placed on the heap of rice. The devotees start the puja by first worshipping Lord Ganesha. The puja starts by chanting the slokas like ‘Lakshmi Sahasranamam’ in the praise of Goddess Lakshmi. Special sweets are made at home as offerings. In the southern states, Pongal is also offered as Prasad. Finally aarti is performed on the Kalasha. During the puja, the women must also tie a yellow thread around their hands.
- In some places, a mirror is also placed behind the Kalasham. Readymade Kalasha pots are also available in the markets for use during the Varalakshmi Vrat.
- The women observing Varalakshmi Vrat must abstain from eating specific kinds of foods. This however varies from region to region. In some places, the observer of this vrat must fast until the end of the puja ceremony.
- On Saturday, the day after puja, the devotees take a bath and then dismantle the Kalasha used for puja. The water inside the Kalasha is sprinkled all over the house and the rice, if used is mixed with the rice stored in the house.
Important Timings On Varalakshmi Vrat
|Sunrise||04-Aug-2017 06:02 AM|
|Sunset||04-Aug-2017 19:03 PM|
|Purnima Tithi Begins||06-Aug-2017 22:28 PM|
|Purnima Tithi Ends||07-Aug-2017 23:40 PM|
|Place : Ujjain [ India ]|
The main objective of Varalaksmi Vrat is to offer genuine prayers to Goddess Lakshmi to seek divine blessings. There are no strict rules for observing this vrat. The rituals are not rigid and even a simple prayer is enough to appease Goddess Varalakshmi. As mentioned in the Hindu mythology, Goddess Lakshmi is the presiding deity of prosperity, wealth, fortune, wisdom, light, generosity, courage and fertility. The women, particularly married ones, perform this vrat to please Goddess Lakshmi and receive Her divine grace. the women pray to the Goddess for the long life of their respective husbands and also seek blessings for a good progeny. The Varalakshmi Vrat is primarily a festival for women and is celebrated mainly by women only. The importance of Varalakshmi vrat is explained in the ‘Skanda Purana’.
Varalakshmi Vrat festival dates between 2014 & 2024
|2014||Friday, 8th of August|
|2015||Friday, 28th of August|
|2016||Friday, 12th of August|
|2017||Friday, 4th of August|
|2018||Friday, 24th of August|
|2019||Friday, 9th of August|
|2020||Friday, 31st of July|
|2021||Friday, 20th of August|
|2022||Friday, 12th of August|
|2023||Friday, 25th of August|
|2024||Friday, 16th of August|