Tuesday, 5 June 2018

2018 Varalakshmi Puja Vratha:

2018 Varalakshmi Puja Vratha:


In this ariticle I would like to explain Varalakshmi Puja Procedures,Puja Decoration and Samagries and Slokam for Poojas at home for first timers.
Varalakshmi Vratam Friday 24th August 2018. Varalakshmi Vratam Puja: Simha Lagna Puja Muhurat = 5:58 AM to 7:44 AM Duration = 1 Hour 45 Mins.
Varalakshmi Puja is most auspicious festival celebrated by married woman(Hindu) doing pujas to god Mahalakshmi, the consort of Vishnu, one of the Hindu Trinity. Varalakshmi is one who grants boons (Vara). It is an important pooja performed by many women in the states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Tamil Nadu.
Worshipping Goddess Lakshmi on this day is equivalent to worshipping Ashtalakshmi ( 8 Lakshmi)– Goddesses of Wealth(Shri), Earth(Bhu), Learning(Saraswati), Love(Priti), Fame(Kirti), Peace(Shanti), Pleasure(Tushti) and Strength(Pushti). This pooja is performed for the well being of family members especially for the life of Husband & to get children,Wealth etc.Every year Varalakshmi Vratham is observed in Sravana(in Telugu) month(Avani in Tamil & Sawan in Hindi).It is celebrated on Friday preceeding the full moon day(Pournami).Those who cannot perform it on that day, can do it on any other Friday in that month.On this day, married woman should observe fasting till they finish the puja.

Puja Decoration and Samagries:
Rice flour & colors – for drawing rangoli ( Please visit my in-laws kolam blog "Learn Kolam" for Rangoli ideas.)
Thambaalam/A big plate OR A wooden plank/Peeta
Few Banana leaves
Raw Rice – as needed ( to spread over the peeta)
One Kudam/Kalasha ( silver, bronze or copper)
Water scented with Jathikai/Mace , Cardamom,Saffron threads,/edible camphor,Cloves(to fill the kalasha)
few Mango leaves ( to keep on top of kalasha)
One coconut for kalasha and few more for thamboolam bags
Turmeric powder ( for making gowri,if you have the practice)
Kumkum
Chandan( Sandal paste)
Akshatha ( Raw rice coated with turmeric/Manjal podi)
One lotus flower
Face of goddess ( Available ready made in Market)
Jewelries ( For Eyes,Nose – Available in market)
Dress and blouse piece for Lakshmi ( Buy in market)
Flowers and garland ( for archanai & decoration)
Betel leaves, Betel nut, Banana ( Vetrilai,Paaku,Vazhai Pazham)
Thoram for hands/pongu nool for neck (Thoram is nothing but a sacred thread  coated with turmeric powder with 9 strings and 9 knots whereas Pongu nool is a single thread smeared with turmeric powder)
Milk,Dry fruits & nuts ( optional)
Fruits ( all seasonal fruits)
Panchamirtham ( a mixture of fruits,jaggery,dry fruits,nuts and ghee)(optional)

Slokams:

Lakshmi Ksheerasamudra rajatanyam sri rangadhameswareem
Dasibootha samastha devavanitham lokaika deepamkuram
Sri manmanda kataksha labdhivibhat brahmendra gangadharam
Twamtrayamlokyakutumbhineem sasijavandemukunda priyam



Neivedyam recipes ( Idli, Sweet pooran kozhukattai ( poornam borelu), ellu kozhukattai, Karjikai/fried sweet samosa, Chitranna, Payasam, sweet appam ( based on your tradition).
Thamboolam set of kumkum,chandan,bangles, Betel leaves and nuts, Yellow rope, blouse pieces, coconut, banana along with 1 rupee coins) – Make them ready as per the number of ladies you invite.
Ready made(plastic) cups and bowls for distributing prasadam.
Mahalakshmi stothram book or download the images I have shared here.

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