Varalakshmi Vratam is a festival to worship the goddess Lakshmi, the consort of Vishnu, one of the Hindu Trinity. It is believed that worship of Goddess Lakshmi on this day will bring health, wealth and prosperity.
Vara means boon. It is an important pooja performed by many women in the states of Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka. The Hindu festival going by the name ‘Vara Lakshmi Vrata’ is celebrated on the Second Friday or the friday before full moon day – Poornima in the month of Shravan, also called Sawan, Sravanamasam / Aavani (July – August) in Hindi.
Varalakshmi Vratam is an important pooja performed by many women in the month of Shravan. In this month many women perform Mangalagouri vratam on Tuesdays and Mahalakshmi puja on Fridays.
Vara Lakshmi Vratham is performed on The 2nd Friday of Sravana maasa or the Friday before full moon day (Poornima). Needless to say, performing puja to Goddess Varalakshmi will bring in boons to those who performs with utmost devotion. Those who fail to perform the Vratam can do it so on any other Friday of the Sravanamasam.
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Eight forces or energies are recognised and they are known as Sri (Wealth), Bhu (Earth), Sarasvati (learning), Priti (love), Kirti (Fame), Santi (Peace), Tushti (Pleasure) and Pushti (Strength). Each one of these forces is called a Lakshmi and all the eight forces are called the Ashta Lakshmis or the eight Lakshmis of the Hindus. Vishnu is also called Ashta Lakshmi Padhi which is equivalent to saying that he is the asylum for the eight-Lakshmi or forces.
Varalakshmi Vratam 2016 Date :
In 2016, Varalakshmi Vratam will be celebrated on 12th August 2016.