We all love festivals, and some of our fondest memories are created during these festivities. The love of festivals and celebrations is the very fibre of the Indian culture and heritage. With this being said, India is a land of diverse festivals, and one such festival is the Varamahalakshmi or Varalakshmi Vratham.
The Varalakshmi Vratham is a popular festival mainly celebrated in the southern states of India, like Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Naidu. Varalakshmi Vratham 2022 is to be celebrated on 12 August. But have you ever wondered why this festival is celebrated? Well, Varalakshmi Pooja is held in honour of the goddess Lakshmi. Another fascinating fact about this festival is that most married women follow the Varalakshmi Vratam to seek the blessings of Varalakshmi, a manifestation of the goddess Lakshmi.
To know more about such interesting facts and rituals of the Varalakshmi Vratam, continue to read this blog. Celebrate this Varalakshmi Vratam with your family and friends!
The Varamahalakshmi festival is celebrated in the “Sraavan” month of the Hindu calendar. Varamahalakshmi festival 2022 date according to the western calendar is 12 August 2022. The second Friday of Shravan month, or the Friday shortly before Poornima (full moon), is when Varalakshmi Vratam is observed. It is referred to as the Aadi month in the Tamil calendar.
One of the fascinating things to note is that there are specific timing, called “Muhurat”, when the Varalakshmi pooja should be performed to ensure eternal prosperity. The Lakshmi Puja muhurta to gain the benefits of Varalakshmi Vratham is provided below:
Muhurat for Simha Lagna Puja is from 06:14 to 08:32.
Muhurat for the Vrishchika Lagna Puja is from 1:07 to 3:26.
Muhurat for Kumbha Lagna Puja is from 07:12 to 08:40.
The Vrishabha Lagna Puja Muhurat on August 13 runs from 11:40 PM to 0:35 AM.
As discussed, the Varamahalakshmi festival 2022 will be celebrated on 12 August. But do you know the rituals that are involved in the Varamahalakshmi festival? If not, do not worry. Let us look at the rituals involved in the Varamahalakshmi festival. Remember, these rituals hold a lot of cultural significance.
The Varalakshmi Vratam preparations begin on Thursday, the day before the festival is observed. On this day, all of the necessary components are assembled. On the day of the festival, devotees wake up early, especially before daylight, and get ready. One important and beautiful ritual followed is drawing a lovely "kolam" (rangoli) at the place of pooja.
The "Kalasha" must be prepared in the following phase. A Kalsha is a pot made of bronze or silver. It is scrubbed thoroughly and covered with sandalwood paste. The Kalasha is then inscribed with the "swastika" sign. After that, the Kalasha is filled with five various types of leaves, one lime, coins, beetle nuts, and uncooked rice. The goods that are used to fill the "Kalasham" pot vary depending on the locale. In some regions, the pot may also be filled with turmeric, black beads, a mirror, tiny black bangles, or a comb.
The Kalasha is then covered with mango leaves, and the neck is wrapped with a fresh piece of fabric. At last, Kalasha is covered with a coconut daubed with turmeric. A depiction of Goddess Lakshmi is adhered to or painted on the coconut using turmeric powder. The goddess Varalakshmi, now represented by the Kalsah placed on the mound of rice is worshipped.
The puja begins with the worship of Lord Ganesha. Pongal is served as a prasad in the southern states. The Kalasha is then subjected to aarti.
Women who are following the Varalakshmi Vrat generally do not eat for the day. However, this differs from place to place, as some devotees may fast till the conclusion of the puja. The devotees disassemble the Kalasha used for puja on Saturday, the day following puja. The water from the Kalasha is used to hydrate the entire home, and any used rice is combined with the rice that has been kept there.
Varalaksmi Vratam's primary goal is to give sincere prayers to Goddess Lakshmi. In Hindu mythology, the goddess Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth and prosperity. Although there are rituals that have been traditionally followed as a part of Varalakshmi Vratham celebrations one should primarily focus on the mindfulness and spirituality of the festival. Almost all the festivals help us bond with our family and friends, one must take some time to understand this fact. The most key significance of any festival is the time spent with the family.
According to Hindu mythology, Goddess Lakshmi is the patron deity of fertility, generosity, light, knowledge, money, and fortune. The ladies ask the Goddess for her blessings on healthy offspring as well as a long life for their respective husbands. Women celebrate Varalakshmi Vratam, which is predominantly a celebration for women.
Varalakshmi Vratam is a celebration of peace and prosperity but above all this festival and its rituals bring families together. This Varalakshmi Vratam spend time with your mothers, sister and other family members. Learn the amazing mythological stories and the cultural heritage of India. Make sure to help family members in the pooja preparations and rituals. We have provided the gist or the summary of the rituals followed, do follow it and cherish this important day.
1. When is Varalakshmi Vratam 2022?
The Varalakshmi Vratham 2022 will be celebrated in the Aadi month of the Tamil calendar. According to the western calendar, the Varalakshmi Vratam will be celebrated on 12 August 2022, this year. The festival is celebrated to pray to the goddess Lakshmi for growth and prosperity.
2. What is a Kalash and why it is important for Varalakshmi Vratam?
Traditionally, a Kalash is a Sanskrit word that refers to a pot specifically used for ceremonial festivities. In Varalakshmi Vratam, the Kalash is scrubbed and painted with a swastika and placed on a mound of rice. This Kalash represents goddess Lakshmi in the Varalakshmi Vratam pooja.