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Monday, August 27, 2007

Varalakshmi Vratham

Varalakshmi Vratham is a popular ritual observed by married women in South India and Maharashtra. Goddess Lakshmi – the goddess of wealth and prosperity – is worshipped on this day. In 2007, Varalakshmi Puja is on August 24. According to Hindu mythology, once Goddess Parvati asked Lord Shiva about a vratha that will be beneficial to women. Lord Shiva then mentioned the importance of Varalakshmi Vratha. The conversation on Varalakshmi Vratham between Parvati and Shiva takes place in the Skanda Purana. The Hindu mythological story about this vratham you can find it here.

Varalakshmi literally means the boon granting goddess. Worshipping Goddess Lakshmi on this day is equivalent to worshipping Ashtalaksmi – the eight goddesses of Wealth, Earth, Learning, Love, Fame, Peace, Pleasure, and Strength. It comes in the holy month of Shravan on the first friday before the full moon (Pournami/ Poonam).

We generally buy something in gold and offer to the Goddess Lakshmi. We do Alankaranam with all the jewelery and offer saree, prasadam/ naivedyam, differnet varieties of fruits and Thamboolam – betel leaf, areca nut, flowers, pair of banana/any fruit, turmeric, kumkum, coin, khajoor – is offered to women in the locality and in the evening an arati is offered. To know more about this puja you can find it on telugu bhakti and carnatica and for step by step puja vidhanam click here.

I thought of sharing few snaps of the puja performed at my home, since this puja was followed by weekend and one of our friend visited us, I was not able to post it on 24th August. I made 5 varieties of naivedyam, offered 7 kinds of fruits including coconut and bananas.

Kalasham Puja


performing puja on the silver mahalakshmi coins
can you also see the pasupu ganapathi!


5 varieties of Prasadam/naivedyam offered to the Goddess Varalakshmi
(Pulihora, payasam, halwa, garelu (vada) and chana)




Saree and 5 varieties of fruits, apples, plums, nectarines, grapes, and oranges
being offered to the Goddess




My Puja(worship) corner/room


Thamboolam

37 comments:

Saju said...

Thanks for sharing your puja with us. The pictures are beautiful.

Asha said...

Gorgeous Pooja place Padma. I love the jewelry there and of course food.Thanks for posting the pics:))
Enjoy.

Suganya said...

Brings back lot of memories. My mom used to have a silver face of the goddess for this viratham. My MIL's side don't celebrate this though.

Latha said...

Looks very good Padma! Your pictures are beautiful and all the prasadam looks delicious :-)

Tee said...

Beautiful pictures Padma!Loved your pooja arrangement and neivedyam.:)

Cynthia said...

This is such an honour for me that you share this... something this intimate. Thank you very very much, Padma.

Mishmash ! said...

Nice to have a glimpse into your pooja !

Vidya said...

hi padma
ur puja pics r looking great nd a good info abt the ritual
pooja pics r very colorful like ur dishes pics

Jyothi said...

Yours pooja photos are very beautiful padma! thanks for sharing with us. Yummy prasadam.. :))

Sharmi said...

nice pics! It just slipped out of my mind to take pics. besides I was exhausted.

Lakshmi said...

Nice pics and pooja place. Thanks for that virtual taamboolam. I miss being at home......

Sig said...

Gorgeous pictures padma, looks like you went all out!

Lia said...

Really interest and thanks to share us. In my country, people in Bali are used to make puja in the earlier morning, almost 90 persen the population people in Bali are Hindus.

Padma did u uplood photo on flickr?? really am not able to see all ur picture, because they have banned flickr here :(

Latha Narasimhan said...

Such a devine post Padma! Beautiful pictures!

Srivalli said...

Padma..so nice of you to share this with us....everything looks so wonderful.

Aruna said...

Padma, Loved ur pics, I liked ur pooja corner very much, Its amazing when I see ppl still keeping up the tradition & not forgetting where they come from...
Keep it up!!!

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TBC said...

You have such a beautiful pooja room and those pics are absolutely lovely.

Manasi said...

Beautiful pooja pics and prasadam!

swapna susarla said...

Ammavaru looking so beautifull padma!!!
the food plate is also looking yummy!!!!

Padma said...

Thanks Saju, Tee, Latha for your valuable comments.

Asha, glad you liked the jewelery, I was so exhausted so I didn't take much efforts in getting beautiful pics.

Suganya I am glad that those pictures refreshed your fond memories!

Cynthia dear, I am really honoured by your kind words...believe me first I was thinking not to post it on a food blog..

Thanks Shn, Sig, TBC, Vidya for those kind words

Padma said...

Thanks Jyothi...

Sharmi, I can imagine the amount of work that has to be done. But I take snaps every year so that my Mom doesn't miss seeing my puja. This year I missed taking snap with u +_+

Dear Lakshmi, thanks for accepting my virtual thamboolam

Lia, I am gonna send some links to you through which I guess you can see them...

Padma said...

Thanks Latha for your kind comments

Hey Srivalli, I am glad you liked it

and Aruna, thanks for those beautiful words...I believe in those customs and feel like if we miss doing them, what will our next generation learn about these festivals...

Hey Manasi, thanks yaar

Swapna...tx for your lovely words

Mansi Desai said...

Hey, my friend Rashmi did this at her place and she had used a beautiful Lakshmiji mask on a coconut, and her rawa idlis were awesome!!

nice post, its great to know about festivals that others celebrate!

Richa said...

such a pleasure going thru the pics! I felt i was there attending the function :)

Sirisha Kilambi said...

Hi padma.....chaala bavunnayi anni photos...asalu aa tambulam aithe chaala bavundi :-))
chaala devullu unnaru mee mandiram lo...wow :-)
anni lakshmilu vachi mimmalni baaga aasirvadinchalani korukuntunanu :-)

WokandSpoon said...

Wow. I love the photos. Thanks for sharing all the information with us - I have to admit I didn't know much about this before your post!

Jayashree said...

Lovely pics, Padma.....Thank you for visiting my blog.
You need to drop little unevenly shaped bits of the ragi pakoda dough in hot oil and fry until golden brown. I do have the instructions in the post...don't know why it didn't show up when u were reading.

Saju said...

Hi again Padma, I have tagged you for MEME, instructions are on my blog, I hope you can take part. Posted on the 28th of August 2007

Apple said...

That's a lovely post Padma..kalasam bagundi..and the jewellery too

Padma said...

@ Manasi D, thanks for you time, yeah I didnt bring Lakshmi's face, next time I visit India I have to bring it for sure.

Hey Richa, I am glad you felt like you attended the puja, hope you liked my virtual thamboolam!

Sirisha, thanks ra...those god's pics you have seen are only 50% I am having lot many photos of God in my puja room, Will show them one day

@ Fiona, I am glad now you k now about this South Indian festival

@ Jayashree, thanx dear for th einfo on those fritters

@ Saju, I will surely play MEME

Thanks Keerthi!

timepass said...

Very nice puja decoration and nice pics..

Padma said...

thanks timepass!

Roopa said...

your pooja place looks great! the prasadam plate is inviting too. your kalasham looks so different nice one.

Padma said...

Thanks Roopa I have to bring Devi's face this time when I visit India specially for this puja

Ramesh said...

Padma i was browsing by to find out more details and pooja vidhanam of varalakshmi varatam, so happened to visit ur web blog. i have seen the photos they are very neat and looks like u have performed the pooja very well. hope Goddess has showered all her blessings to u.
I too liked the online taamboolam. thanx for giving online taamboolam.
wish u and all of us perform vralakshmi pooja again this year and seek goddess blessings

chits said...

Hi Padma,

This morning the first thing I did was open your blog and I was so glad I did that. You really have talent there. I saw your last year's varalakshmi puja page and find it so beautiful.

Thank you for inviting me for this year's puja. The prasadam was all so good. We wish that may Goddess Lakshmi shower you with blessings and fulfil your wishes.

thanks again,

Chitra

Krishna said...

Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth, fortune, power, luxury, beauty, fertility, and auspiciousness. She holds the promise of material fulfillment and contentment. She is described as restless, whimsical yet maternal, with her arms raised to bless and to grant her blessings.

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