Mahalakshmi or Varalakshmi Vrata is a special vrata or fast dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Mahalakshmi, or as the name implies 'Great Lakshmi' (maha = great). Lakshmi is the presiding deity of wealth, prosperity, light, wisdom, fortune, fertility, generosity and courage. These eight facets of Lakshmi give rise to another name for the goddess -- 'Ashtalakshmi' (ashta = eight).
In Bhavishya Purana, one of the 18 major Puranas or ancient Hindu scriptures, there is a legend that explains the significance of Mahalakshmi Vrata. As the legend goes, when Yudhishtira, the eldest of the Pandava princes, enquires Lord Krishna about a ritual fast that can get back the wealth that they lost in his gambles with the Kauravas, Krishna recommends Mahalakshmi Vrata or Puja, which can replenish the worshipper with health, wealth, prosperity, family and kingdom through the divine grace of the Lakshmi.
This year, the Mahalakshmi Vrata Puja is on Friday August 16, 2013. Read Full Article