Varalakshmi Pooja or Varalakshmi Nombu or Varalakshmi Vrat is dedicated to Goddess Varalakshmi and is observed on the last Shukla Paksha Friday of the Shravana Month. Goddess Varalakshmi is a manifestation of Goddess Lakshmi. The word ‘Varalakshmi’ means Var/Varam- boons and lakshmi who bestows 'Var' or 'Varam'. This pooja is primarily a festival observed by women for the happiness and Divine blessings for their family.
Varalakshmi Vrat 2023
Fri , 25th Aug 2023
Varalakshmi is the consort of Lord Vishnu, and She is one of the benevolent avatars of Goddess Mahalakshmi. Goddess Varalakshmi emerged from the milky ocean or Ksheera Sagara during churning of the ocean for Amirtha. According to Bhavishya Purana, eldest of the Pandava Kings Yudhisthira observed Varalakshmi Vrat following the advice from Lord Krishna to regain lost wealth and kingdom. There is another famous legend of a sincere devotee Charumathi who followed Varalakshmi Vrat for 10 continuous years and was blessed with jewelry, wealth, and riches.
Varalakshmi Vrat is an important day to worship the Goddess lakshmi who rules wealth and prosperity. This vrat ritual is highly accredited in Rig and Atharvana Vedas. Goddess VaraLakshmi embodies both material and spiritual accomplishments in one’s life. She rules the Manipuraka (Nabhi-Navel) and Anahata (Solar Plexus) Chakra. These chakras play a major role in success in the three-dimensional life on earth plane. A person with strong, expanded, open chakras with an uninterrupted flow of positive energy can achieve mental peace, massive financial success and be a great force behind innovations towards development.
Observing this vrat can unveil the hidden capabilities of a being and gets their creativity flowing. Through which financial stability and success is achieved. Invoking Varalakshmi’s energy and offering sincere prayers blesses an individual with immense wealth and prosperity. This day encompasses energies of all forms of Ashtalakshmi -Goddesses of Wealth (Shri), Earth (Bhu/bhoo), Learning (Saraswathi), Love (Prithi), Fame (Kirthi), Peace (Shanthi), Pleasure (Tushthi) and Strength (Pushthi). Ashtalakshmi’s are,
Dhana Lakshmi– blesses money & riches
Gaja Lakshmi– blesses wealth of elephants or vehicles
Veera Lakshmi– blesses the wealth of valor, patience, and objectivity
Vidhya Lakshmi– blesses education, knowledge, and talents
Vijaya Lakshmi– bestows the wealth of empowering victory
Adhi Lakshmi–Wealth of limitless prosperity and fortune
Dhaanya Lakshmi –Blesses wealth through unending food and health
Santhana Lakshmi – denotes wealth of progeny or extending genetic lineage
The festival begins a day prior to the actual vrat day. Devotees procure important pooja essentials like small saplings of Banana plant, Amla plant, Tulsi plant and other pooja vidhan. Devotees wake up in the ‘Brahma Muhurtha’, the time between 4.30-6.30AM. After physical purification, the house is cleaned and decorated along with setting up the pooja altar. A kalas/Kalasam is set up in pooja room on a Rangoli. It is filled with water or raw rice, lemon, new coins of any denomination, beetle nut and five different kinds of divine leaves. This varies from region to region. VaraLakshmi’s face is set on the kalas or some people place the decorated Lakshmi idol next to the Kalas.
This kalas is treated as Goddess Varalakshmi and worshipped on this day. Pooja is performed to VaraLakshmi, the pooja ritual involves Vasthra yugmam (offering new clothes), Abharanam (offering jewelry to the goddess), Ashtottara Shatanama Pooja- chanting Lakshmi Ashtotra shatanamavali, Mahalakshmi Ashtothram and Lakshmi Stotram, Mantra Pushpam- an offering of garland of mantras, followed by Aarti- Light ceremony, special neivedhyam is offered. A sacred thread called Pongu Nool, Thoram, saradu are placed near the Kalas and tied both to the Kalas and the women devotees at the end of the pooja. Devotees fast on this day- Nirjala Fast or consume only fruits. Devotees and married couples visit a Lakshmi or a Devi temple in the evening for Archana. We can also donate for a cause of our choice on this auspicious day.
“Om Shreem Hreem Shreem VaraMahalakshmi Swaha”
“Om Sarvabaadhaa Vinirmuktoh
Dhana Dhaanyah Sutaanvitah
Manushyo Matprasaade Bhavishyati Na Sanshaya Om”
Meaning: I meditate upon the Goddess to eradicate and destroy all evil forces in me, and to bestow a prosperous and a progressive future on me.
Important Timings On Varalakshmi Vrat
August 25, 2023 6:10 AM
August 25, 2023 6:47 PM
Purnima Tithi Begins
August 30, 2023 10:58 AM
Purnima Tithi Ends
August 31, 2023 7:05 AM
Varalakshmi Vrat festival dates between 2020 & 2030
Friday, 31st of July
Friday, 20th of August
Friday, 12th of August
Friday, 25th of August
Friday, 16th of August
Friday, 8th of August
Friday, 28th of August
Friday, 13th of August
Friday, 4th of August
Friday, 24th of August
Friday, 9th of August