we celebrate Varalakshmi Vratam
Varalakshmi is a popular Hindu goddess. She is believed to bestow wealth, prosperity, and well-being upon devotees who worship her. She is also considered to be the Goddess of Knowledge and Wisdom. Varalakshmi vratam, or the worship of the Goddess, is one of the most beneficial and auspicious kinds of vrathams that Hindus observe.
It is typically observed by married women, who pray to Goddess Varalakshmi for the well-being of their husbands and families. The vratam is celebrated during the lunar month of Shravana, which falls between July and August in the modern Hindu calendar. The vratam is primarily a women’s festival that is celebrated by married women, whose main aim is to appease Goddess Lakshmi and receive her blessings of prosperity and abundance in their household.
During the vratam, women decorate their homes with flowers and make rangoli symbols at the entrance of the house. They then dress in sarees and gold jewelry for the puja. They also prepare a thali with rice, sweets, and other items. They invoke Goddess Lakshmi by decorating the kalasa or pot with jewelry, coins, dry fruits, fresh betel leaves, fresh coconuts, and savouries.
Why do we celebrate Varalakshmi Vratam?
The Goddess is then worshipped by reciting prayers and mantras, and by offering her these items. A kalash is then placed on the mandala and topped with cloth and a coconut. Finally, the rupu or a sacred thread made from nine strings with betel leaves and flowers is tied around the kalasa. The prasad (offerings) are then eaten and aarti is performed on the kalasa.
Then, the Goddess is worshiped again with a special bhog (offering) that includes sweets and coconut water. This is done to thank the Goddess for her blessings and to offer her some of her bounty in return. After the pooja, the kalash is disassembled and the water from it is used to hydrate the house. On the day after pooja, the woman may fast for a while, though this may vary from region to region.
While the varalakshmi vratam is traditionally associated with married women praying for their family’s well-being, it is not forbidden for unmarried women and girls to participate in the vrat. In fact, a number of single women and girls observe the vrat for their own health, happiness, and future prospects. They may also ask the Goddess for her blessings of abundance, success, and fortune. They may even ask the Goddess for longevity and good health of their husbands.