Varamahalakshmi Vratha (ವರಮಹಾಲಕ್ಷ್ಮಿ ವ್ರತ)

Varamahalakshmi is another name of Goddess Shree Lakshmi… Here, ‘Vara’ means blessings/boon and Mahalakshmi is Goddess Lakshmi… This day is dedicated to perform pooja/religious ritual to Goddess Lakshmi, who is best regarded as the mother of wealth and prosperity. It is celebrated widely across Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Telangaana and Seemandhra regions… It is called by other names like Varamahalakshmi habba, Varalakshmi nombu/ Vratha etc..

ನಮಸ್ತೇಸ್ತು ಮಹಾಮಾಯೆ ಶ್ರೀ ಪೀಠ ಸುರಪೂಜಿತೆ
ಶಂಖ ಚಕ್ರ ಗದಾಹಸ್ತೆ ಮಹಾಲಕ್ಷ್ಮಿ ನಮೋಸ್ತುತೆ ||

ಮಹಾಲಕ್ಷ್ಮಿ ಚ ವಿದ್ಮಹೇ ವಿಷ್ಣುಪತ್ನಿ ಚ ಧೀಮಹಿ
ತನ್ನೋ ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀ ಪ್ರಚೋದಯಾತ್ ||

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Goddess Lakshmi is also worshipped in 8 different forms/Ashta Lakshmi..viz.,
Aadi Lakshmi, Vidya Lakshmi, Gaja Lakshmi, Dhairya/Veera Lakshmi, Santhaana Lakshmi, Vijaya Lakshmi, Dhaanya Lakshmi, Dhana Lakshmi.

Varamahalakshmi is celebrated every year on the 2nd Friday of Shraavana maasa(ಶ್ರಾವಣ ಮಾಸದ ಎರಡನೇ ಶುಕ್ರವಾರ).. Lord Shiva explains the importance of doing this Vratha to Goddess Parvathi, as per the Skanda Purana/ scriptures.

The pooja procedures are dependent on family customs::- Some people perform pooja to the kalasha, some to the Goddess Photo.. It is purely the custom at home followed as per their traditions, since once this Vratha is observed, every year one has to do the vratha…

Checklist for the pooja is mentioned here Puja materials……

Pooja procedure followed is as follows :-

Early morning Mangala Snana-ಮಂಗಳ ಸ್ನಾನ/head bath is taken and by all ladies and children at home.A suitable place is selected for Mantapa and an Ashta-Dala Padma Rangavalli/Rangoli (8 petals Rangoli)  (ಅಷ್ಟದಳ ಪದ್ಮ ರಂಗೋಲಿ) is drawn…On both the sides of the Mantapa, Baale kamba/ Banana stem is tied and a Thorana with Mango leaves is also tied…

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The kalasha bindige consists of dry fruits, 1 fistful of rice, arishina kombu/turmeric root..Above this place 4 betel leaves( or Mango leaves) and a coconut (cleaned and turmeric smeared ).Outside the pot/bindige a single line is drawn with Sunna/lime or Gandha/Sandal paste.. Some people also take water in Kalasha.One can decorate this kalasha with Jewellery/chains/ornaments/mukhawaada or goddess face masks available in markets.. Mukhawaada or face masks of Goddess Lakshmi are purely optional based on one’s liking or customs followed. Since the rituals performed at my mother’s home and my mother-in-law’s home are both same exactly, I have put in those procedures here…

Ashta Dala Padma rangoli:-

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One can also keep a bindige below( which is broader than the earlier one) and put 5 measures of rice, fruits etc… Now decorate the Goddess with a new saree/ Saree for Goddess..

First pooja is done to Lord Ganesha and later Goddess Lakshmi pooja with different types of flowers like shavantige(white or yellow), Lotus, patregalu (leaves like maruga, davana, tulasi etc), later shodashopachaara pooja and kumkumarchane(along with multiple names of Goddess Lakshmi)… Lastly neivedya, Mahamangalaarathi, Aarati is performed by singing devotional songs with the help of other ladies /children..

Important part of the ritual is the yellow(turmeric) smeared thread with 16 knots in between a flower is tied.. This is called ‘Dhora granthi‘ pooja.. This is usually tied by married women to another lady or by husband, if one is performing pooja individually…

During Shodashopachara Puja a 16-lined Gejjevastra or 16 yele gejje vastra is adorned to the Goddess along with normal bidi Gejjevastras.. Some people use 9-lined Gejjevastra as per their family custom… Nowadays lot of Alankara Gejjevastra is also used while doing pooja……One can sing Aarati songs or recite shlokas towards the end of the pooja..

It is said that this vratha must be done with more madi/all the neivedya to be prepared after taking bath and with purity/cleanliness..Also usually the tenginakaayi/coconut placed for pooja( ಕಳಶ) is kept till the Gokulashtami and a sweet is prepared using the same on that day or used for any delicacies..

Upayana Daana is given to a purohit/ Brahmin towards the end of Pooja… Upayana Daana – Rice, Betel leaves and nuts, Dakshine, 2 Coconuts .. Can keep any fruit as well…

In some families, they have the custom to give Marada baagina to the ladies, like how we distribute for Gowri habba

Habbada adige ( ಹಬ್ಬದ ಅಡುಗೆ )::

Any 2 types of Palya/Stir Fry  like Beans, Carrot, Cabbage etc, any 2 types of kosambari/salad, payasa/kheer, Plain rice,Rasam, Majjige Huli ,dal, sambar/huli, single deep-fried item like ambode/bajji, chitranna /Puliyogare/bisibelebath( or any rice dish without onion/garlic), a sweet like holige/vobbattu.. along with chiguli, tambittu. For neivedya you can also make burfi/ laddus…

Below are links to devotional songs and shlokas related to Goddess Lakshmi:-

Mahalakshmi Ashtaka Stotra

Bhaagyaada Lakshmi Baaramma

Enu dhanyalo lakumi 

Lakshmi Ashtottara

Indu shukravaara

Lakshmi Hridaya Kamala rangoli

Many songs lyrics on Goddess Lakshmi

Aadi Lakshmi Devige aarati lyrics

PS: Will upload all the pics taken during festival at my home soon and Kannada version of Pooja procedure, for readers benefit…

If, due to some reason, one is not able to celebrate the festival on the Vratha day(2nd Friday of Shraavana), can perform the same on other Fridays of Shraavana Maasa…

If you have pics/snaps taken at your place related to pooja , send across in the comment section so that I will upload the same here as readers’ posts..

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