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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Sri Varalakshmi Devi


Matha Lakshmi Devi is the Hindu Goddess who governs all form of  Wealth and Success. Goddess Lakshmi is the household Goddess of most Hindu families and favorite of women. Although she is worshipped daily. Mother Lakshmi is often depicted in several colors, Pink, Gold, White. When Lakshmi,s skin color is Pink she is divine mother. When her skin is Gold, she is the Universal Shakti and when her skin is White, she is the mother Earth. Lakshmi Devi is the Goddess of Health and Beauty. The festive month of October is Lakshmi,s special month. Lakshmi puja is celebrated on the full moon night of Sharad Purnima. Fridays are considered auspicious for Lakshmi puja. The friday before the full moon in the Hindu month of Sravana is considered specially sacred and Varalakshmi puja is performed on that day by ladies in the temples and in the homes.

Varalakshmi puja is an important pooja performed by many women in the States of Andhra and Tamilnadu. This year Varalakshmi Vratham is on July 27th. Varalakshmi pooja is celebrated on the friday before the full moon in the Hindu Month of Sravana ( Sravana Masam). During this auspicious day married women gets up early in the morning and decorate their front yards with rangoli. Later they take oil bath and wear new clothes. They start preparing naivedyam for the pooja and decorate the Kalasam. After that they read stotrams for Goddess Lakshmi. Finally once the pooja is about to complete, keep all the food which we have prepared for the naivedyam.

Somebody prepare nine verities of sweets as well as savories for Goddess Varalakshmi. Women tie yellow thread on their hands. Yellow thread is prepared nine knots and flower is places in the center, it is tied on the right hand. The Vratham is undertaking by the sumangalis for good health and wish a long life for their husbands. That evening the neighbours are invited to the home and offered tamboolam with soaked senagalu (chick peas) and fruits. Goddess Lakshmi Devi likes purnalu, pongali, Pulihora and soaked chick peas. 
"Om Mahalakshmi Cha Vidmahe
Vishupatnyai Cha Dhimahi
Tanno Lakshmih Prachodayath"

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