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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).

MahalakshmiIn 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

July 24, 2012 at 3:55 am
(1) sivaraman says:

Your views on Varalakshmi pooja are true.We in Tamilnadu particlarly in Tanjore district celebrate the pooja with religious fervour and devotion.Sadly in my family no female members now to conduct the pooja.It was done till 2009. He may ask god us a female to continue the pooja.Yourviews are correct.

July 24, 2012 at 5:51 am
(2) Purnima says:

Lakshmi Pooja can also be done by the males in the house.
There is a legend that says that this vratam was recommended by Lord Shiva to his wife Parvati to gain wealth and prosperity.
On the day of Varalakshmi vratam, women clean their homes and decorate their front yards with rangolis (colorful designs traced on the floor). Later, they take a bath and deck themselves with beautiful clothes and jewellery. They then begin the process of performing the vrata by first arranging the kalasha or sacred pot. They fill the pot with rice and water which symbolize prosperity and cover it with mango and betel leaves. They then place a coconut smeared with turmeric and vermilion on the kalasha and also decorate the coconut with a new cloth. Some people decorate the kalasha with many kinds of jewels to make it look more beautiful. They place this kalasha on a plate filled with rice. The main puja begins by worshiping Lord Ganesha, who is believed to drive away all obstacles and evil forces. Later, goddess Mahalakshmi is invoked into the kalasha. They then worship a couple of torams (a bunch of nine threads with nine knots) and tie one to the kalasha while the other one is tied around the right hand wrist of the lady performing the pooja. Later, they chant the Lakshmi Ashtottara Shatanamam (a list of hundred names in praise of the deity). They then offer the goddess nine varieties of delicacies including both sweets and savories. In conclusion of the vratam, they sing hymns in praise of goddess Varalakshmi and also invite another married woman assuming her to be goddess Varalakshmi and offer her sweets & dakshina (money). They also collectively sing songs in praise of goddess Varalakshmi.

July 27, 2012 at 9:40 am
(3) Panamalai R Guruprasad says:

Very informative description of Shree Mahaa Lakshmi Pooja. Thanks, Subhamoy.

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