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Query from: Vedula Chetna, India, 08/20/07
Topic: RELIGION      Submitted on: Ammas.com
Subject: How to perform Varalakshmi Vratam???

HI ALl. I am a north Indian Girl married to a Telugu Brahmin. This is my second Varalakshmi vratam. First was performed at In Laws place and the priest came for the vratam puja. I have just moved recently to Middle East and would like to know how to perform this puja. I dont know Telugu veyr well, so if some one can help me with some good website and the puja strotams and paddhiti. Thanks in anticipation of swift response.

Regards Chetna

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Response from: C. Raj, United Kingdom,   
Council Member on Ammas.com
Source: This information comes from my own knowledge.
Chetna,

Visit these sites, they describe the pooja

http://www.ourkarnataka.com/festiva…

http://www.carnatica.net/nvr/vara_a…

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Response from: Malleeswari GVN,   
Council Member on Ammas.com
Source: This information comes from my own knowledge.
How to do the puja

Performing the Varalakshmi puja is said to be equivalent to worshipping all the different forms of Lakshmi. The evening before the day of the puja, the area for its performance is

During the day of the Vratham, make the house very clean and put rangoli on the floors, set up an area about 1 feet in width and height and one that place a plate spread the rice in it. On the rice, place a small Silver Vessel (or) any other good vessel. Decorate the vessel applying it with Sandalwood (Sandanam), Kumkum, Flowers and a Coconut smeared with Turmeric powder. Chant the Sri Lakshmi Prayer and finally dedicate sweets towards Sri Lakshmi. Before that, tie a small thread that is smeared with Turmeric with 9 knots in it and keep this towards the Kalasam (the vessel). After the offerings are made, tie the knotted thread around the neck.

After the puja is over, give the Turmeric and Kumkum to everyone and tie the thread around the right hand.

Slokas

The Lakshmi Sahasranam is chanted during the puja. Some slokas are

Sri Lakshmi Gayathri

“Om Maha Lakshmyacha vithmahae Vishupathanycha theemahee:

Thannao Lakshmi Prachodayathu”

Sri Mahalakshmi Mantram:

”Thurithouka Nivaarana Praveenae

Vimalae Paasoora Paathu Devavapuae

Pranavapprathi Paathya Vasthiyae

Spuranakyae HariVallabae Namasthae”

You can visit http://hindumommy.wordpress.com/200… http://www.karwachauth.com/varalaks… to know more details.

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Response from: Haridas Rao,   
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DO NOT BECOME RITUAL CENTRIC. Become a sincerity centric. Every act of yours will be converted as GREAT VRITAMS AND YAGAS.

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Response from: Chandrasekhara Kommaraju,   
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If you or your husband can read telugu refer this link http://www.mypurohith.com/Telugu/Va… the entire process is described in detail here.

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Response from: sri b,   
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Hi,

Varalakshmi Vratam Varalakshmi Vratam Pooja vidhanam in Telugu. You can Play it from web or download it. You need Windows Media Player 6.4 or later to play this. You can also see www.teluguone.com…………

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Response from: Indu P,   
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hi vedula chetna, According to Hindu tradition, Sravanamasam is considered to be very auspicious month especially for women who perform the very famous Varalakshmi Vratam on Fridays. Usually, Varalakshmi Vratam will be performed in Sravanamasam Friday well before the Full moon or Poornima. Vara means boon and Goddess Varalakshmi who gives all the boons to those who perform the Vratam. Those who failed to perform the Vratam to invoke the blessings of Goddess on that day, they could do so on any Friday of the Sravanamasam. check this link for more http://mahalaxmidev.com/vara.html… http://hindumommy.wordpress.com/200…

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Response from: BALAJI SATHYANARAYANA,   
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Source: two sites given in the description
Dear Madam, I give you the following 2 websites in connection with Varalakshmi Vartam.

http://www.geocities.com/sranin/fes…

http://mahalaxmidev.com/vara.html… Courtesy of the above sites. Vara Lakshmi Vara Lakshmi Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, is more sought after than Saraswati, the goddess of learning. As the power and consort of Vishnu, the preserver. According to the puranas, she was the incarnated daughter of the sage Bhrigu and his wife Khyati. She was later born out of Ksheer Sagar (ocean of milk) while being churned. Hence, her appellation, Ksheera Samudra Raja Tanaya. As consort of Vishnu, she is born as his spouse whenever he incarnates. When Vishnu appeared as Vamana, Parasurama, Rama, Krishna, she appeared as Padma or Kamala, Dharani, Sita and Rukmini. She is as inseparable from Vishnu as speech from meaning, or knowledge from intellect, or good deeds from righteousness. Vara Lakshmi Vrata The day begins with rangoli and sacred head baths just as any other festival and is marked by the performance of "Varalakshmi Vrata" by the women folk of the house. Worshipping Vara Lakshmi is rendered equivalent to Ashta Lakshmi puja. It is thus held that the Goddess of wealth would bless those who perform the vratam on this particular day of the year with Dhana (Money), Dhanya (food), Aayu (long life), Aarogya (health), Aishwarya (wealth), Satsantana (good offsprings) and Soubhagya (long life of husband). Festival The preparation for the festival begins the prior evening, when a stage for the puja is set after having cleaned the entire area. On the day, A bronze or silver kalasam, with water, akshatas and a couple of coins, is taken and five betel leaves are placed on to it. The kalasam is smeared with sandal paste and kum-kum is applied at five places. On this is placed a round coconut smeared with turmeric to which kum-kum is applied. A new cloth or saree is tied to the Kalasam and is worshipped as Vara Lakshmi. Some people even adore this with the face of the Vara Lakshmi decked with jewels.

Women folk of the house traditionally worship this Vara Lakshmi the next day, with Ashtottaram and Sahsranamavali, along with some new gold bought each year. The legend of the vratam is once again memorised in devotion and a "toram" of Nine threads and nine knots is tied to the Goddess first and then to the right wrist of the worshippers. Prasadams are offered in the numbers of either three or five or nine to the Goddess. And the puja is concluded with the distribution of this prasadam and Tamboolam to the married women in neighbourhood. It also is customary for these women folk to visit the temples of the Goddess towards the evening Legend Legend has it that Goddess Parvati has once asked Lord Siva about a vratam, performing which would render the women on the earth blessed with all kinds of wealth. Then did Lord Siva preach of "Vara Laksmi Vratam" to be performed on a Friday that comes just before the full moon day in the month of Sravanam. Illustrating the sanctity of the vratam, Lord Siva narrated the story of Charumati of Maratha desa, which runs like this -

The much-awaited day finally comes and they set stage to worship the Goddess Vara Lakshmi at one corner of the house, which is cleaned up with cow dung. All of them perform the puja to the Kalasam with all devotion and piety, tie the toram to their wrists and offer prasadam to the Goddess. Then does the miracle start as they go about to take the Pradakshinas after the puja. They see themselves bedecked with various ornaments one at a time as - anklets on feet for the first, bracelets for the second and various other ornaments for the final pradakshina. Excited about the blessing of Vara Lakshmi, they once again prostrate to the Goddess and honour the Pundit with due Dakshina and conclude the vratam by taking the prasadam.

As the women folk stepped out of the house do they see their houses decked with all riches and golden chariots awaiting them outside Charumati’s house. Extremely happy about what all had happened, the women thank Charumati for having shared her luck with them. Ever since then is the Vara Lakshmi Vratam performed in every household on this auspicious day.

Legend also say that the vratam was later also preached by sage Suta to Sounaka and other sages. Another legend is that Chitranemi who was one cursed by Parvati for having made a partial judgement in favour of Shiva when asked to play the referee for their game, got relieved from the curse by having watched this vratam performed by some pious women. Such is the sanctity of the Vrata. Sholoka to be said on Vara Mahalakshmi Ganeshaya namah Mahalakshmi Ashtakam Namastestu Mahaamaaye Shreepeete Surapoojite Shankha Chakra Gadaa Haste Mahaalakshmi Namostu Te.

Meaning: O Mahaamaaya, abode of fortune, worshipped by the Gods, I salute Thee. O Mahaalakshmi, one who has conch, disc and mace in Her hands, obeisance to Thee.

Namaste Garudaroode Koalaasura Bhayankari Sarva Paapa Hare Devi, Mahaalakshmi Namostu Te.

Meaning: My salutations to Thee, who rides Garuda and are a terror to demon Kola; O Devi Mahaalakshmi, remover of all miseries, my obeisance to Thee.

Sarvajne Sarva Varade Sarva Dushta Bhayankari Sarva Duhkha Hare Devi Mahaalakshmi Namostu Te.

Meaning: O Devi Mahaalaksmi, who is the embodiment of knowledge, giver of all boons, a terror to all the wicked, remover of all sorrows, obeisance to Thee.

Siddhi Buddhi Prade Devi Bhukti Mukti Pradaayini Mantra Moorthe Sadaa Devi Mahaa Lakshmi Namostu Te.

Meaning: O Devi, You give success and intelligence and worldly enjoyment and liberation (as well). Thou hast always the mystic symbols (Mantra) as Thy form, O Mahaalakshmi, obeisance to Thee.

Aadyantarahite Devi Aadya Shakte Maheshvari Yogaje Yogasambhoote Mahaalakshmi Namostu Te.

Meaning: O Devi, Maheshwari, You are without a beginning or an end , You are the Primeval energy, You are the greatest ruler, You are born of Yoga. O Mahaalakshmi, obeisance to Thee.

Sthoola Sookshmah Mahaa Raudre Mahaa Sakthe Mahodaye Mahaa Paapa Harey Devi Mahaalakshmi Namostu Te.

Meaning: O Mahaalakshmi, You are both gross and subtle, most terrible (for the wicked), You are the embodiment of great power and prosperity and You are remover of all sins, obeisance to Thee.

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Response from: Rajmi Arun,   
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Dear Vedula, Please visit the website below you will get full details.

http://www.carnatica.net/nvr/vara_a…

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Response from: Geetha Gopakumar,   
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The rituals of worship during the Varalakshmi Vratam differ from region to region in south India, but they all have the same basic format. The performer begins the day with a holy purification bath, and wears clean clothes. The arena is decorated with kolam (rangoli). A geometrical design known as mandalam is then drawn on the clean surface of the floor (with the picture of a lotus upon it). A sacred pot (kalasham) is filled with pure water and rice (akshata), topped with a bunch fresh mango leaves, and a coconut (unbroken, with its kudimi on) smeared with turmeric powder is placed atop. Also, sandal paste and kumkumam are applied to the kalasham, and a cloth is tied around it before placing it on the mandalam. Some people further beautify the kalasham with a picture of Varalakshmi drawn on it and decorated with jewels. Then, Goddess Lakshmi is invoked. Fresh flowers and grains are used in the worship, indicating growth and prosperity. After performing the initial worship of Lord Ganesha (seeking removal all obstacles), prayers are offered to the kalasham. A toram (which consists of nine threads and nine knots) is tied to the Goddess. Then they worship the thread (raksha). Now the main worship of Lakshmi begins, with a second worship of the sacred Thread. Finally, it is tied around the right hand of the performer. Prayers in the form of Lakshmi Ashtottara shatanAma and sahasranAma are then chanted. Another sumangali is then chosen, and she is offered auspicious articles as gifts and food. The function concludes with the singing of several hymns and songs in praise of Varalakshmi.

Performing the Varalakshmi puja is said to be equivalent to worshipping all the different forms of Lakshmi. The evening before the day of the puja, the area for its performance is

During the day of the Vratham, make the house very clean and put rangoli on the floors, set up an area about 1 feet in width and height and one that place a plate spread the rice in it. On the rice, place a small Silver Vessel (or) any other good vessel. Decorate the vessel applying it with Sandalwood (Sandanam), Kumkum, Flowers and a Coconut smeared with Turmeric powder. Chant the Sri Lakshmi Prayer and finally dedicate sweets towards Sri Lakshmi. Before that, tie a small thread that is smeared with Turmeric with 9 knots in it and keep this towards the Kalasam (the vessel). After the offerings are made, tie the knotted thread around the neck.

After the puja is over, give the Turmeric and Kumkum to everyone and tie the thread around the right hand. The Lakshmi Sahasranam is chanted during the puja. Some slokas are

Sri Lakshmi Gayathri

“Om Maha Lakshmyacha vithmahae Vishupathanycha theemahee:

Thannao Lakshmi Prachodayathu”

Sri Mahalakshmi Mantram:

”Thurithouka Nivaarana Praveenae

Vimalae Paasoora Paathu Devavapuae

Pranavapprathi Paathya Vasthiyae

Spuranakyae HariVallabae Namasthae”

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Response from: Balakrishna Murthi Kaligotla,   
Council Member on APOnline
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You can search web under the url "varalakshmi vratam" and get the details and story part of the pooja. The general Laksmi pooja is applicable here with the story of Lord siva's advice to Goddess Parvathi" Please try your self. Safely you can go go to any book shop and ghet the book on the Vratam.

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Response from: lakshmi g,   
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Dear Chetna, u can get the information about varalakshmi vratam at the undermentione website.http://www.telugubhakti.com/telugup… wish u goodluck.

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