Mahalakshmi Vrat


Mahalakshmi Vrat begins on Shukla paksha Ashtami tithi of Bhadrapada month, four days after Ganesha Chaturthi. This vrat is observed for sixteen consecutive days that culminates on Krishna paksha Ashtami of Ashwina masa. This vrat is popular in North India and some parts of South India. This vrat rituals are performed to appease and seek blessings of Goddess Mahalakshmi.

Mahalakshmi Vrat 2023

Fri , 22nd Sep 2023

Legend

There are several legends associated with origin of Mahalakshmi vrat in puranas. According to the most famous legend, it is said when the Pandava king Yudhishthira lost his kingdom and all his wealth, Lord Krishna suggested to observe the Mahalakshmi Vrat for sixteen consecutive days to regain his lost kingdom and wealth.

It also is believed that when King Dhritarashtra and Queen Gandhari sought blessings from Saint Vedvyas, he advised the royal couple to observe the Mahalakshmi vrat for eternal prosperity and happiness in their kingdom.

Rituals

On the day of Ashtami devotees wake up early, take a holy bath. The house is cleaned and pooja altar is sanctified. The pooja space is decorated along with setting up an idol of MahaLakshmi on the chowki in the pooja altar. Wear fresh or new clothes, perform hydration ceremony to the Lakshmi idol, perform pooja, chant MahaLakshmi mantras and slokas. Offer flowers, incense, light lamps and perform Aarti, followed by offering fruits, grains and special neivedhyam like sweets or Kheer, to the Goddess. This day coincides with Dhurva Ashtami. On this day, a special custom of tying Abhaya Sutra- a sutra or a cotton thread of sixteen strings and sixteen knots are put in it, after tying the knots ground turmeric is applied to color the cord yellow.

This string is tied on the wrist of the devotees are observing the fast. This thread is worn for all sixteen days. We can also organize Mahalakshmi homa and group prayer rituals during this fast period. Some donation is offered every day, like food donation or vastram donation to the poor and needy. This fastlasts till Ashwin Krishna paksha Ashtami. Sometimes this vrat days reduce to fifteen days or might extend to seventeen days based on the length of the this.

Lakshmi Mantra

Kshirodarnavasambhuta Lakshmishchandra Sahodara |
Vratenappanen santushta bhavartodvapuballabha ||

Benefits

  • This Vrat helps us clears huge debts, financial challenges, and loans
  • Mahalakshmi worship fixes problems in inheritance of assets, legitimate wealth. 
  • Lakshmi bestows courage and bravery in devotees.
  • Mahalakshmi’s blessings on this day can highly influence the accumulation of gold and other precious metals. 
  • This sixteen days vrat blesses married couples with good and lucky progeny. 
  • Devotees can increase their material gains, monetary benefits of businesses through this vrata. 
  • Goddess Mahalakshmi accelerates the prosperity energy; results in favorable outcomes in business and other monetary endeavours. 

Important Timings On Mahalakshmi Vrat

Sunrise

September 22, 2023 6:19 AM

Sunset

September 22, 2023 6:20 PM

Ashtami Tithi Begins

September 22, 2023 1:35 PM

Ashtami Tithi Ends

September 23, 2023 12:18 PM

Mahalakshmi Vrat festival dates between 2019 & 2029

Year

Date

2019

Friday, 6th of September

2020

Tuesday, 25th of August

2021

Monday, 13th of September

2022

Saturday, 3rd of September

2023

Friday, 22nd of September

2024

Wednesday, 11th of September

2025

Sunday, 31st of August

2026

Friday, 18th of September

2027

Tuesday, 7th of September

2028

Sunday, 27th of August

2029

Saturday, 15th of September

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