Varamahalakshmi festival celebrates the essential feminine energy in Hindu mythology and is celebrated mainly by married women. The main day of the festival is devoted to prayers for their husbands’ well-being, wealth, prosperity, health, and longevity.
This is usually followed by an offering of food to the Goddess Varamahalakshmi – a representation of Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of Wealth.
The festival is celebrated differently in different parts of India.
In Karnataka, this festival usually falls on the second Friday of Shravana month and is called Varalakshmi Vratam. Women dress in their finest traditional saris and jewelry to celebrate the day with special puja rituals and songs dedicated to Varamahalakshmi.
They also exchange gifts and give wishes to each other, and later the performed puja is accompanied by traditional meals that are shared among family members.
Apart from the rituals, this festival is also celebrated with much enthusiasm and joy in various parts of India. Women visit homes of their relatives on this day to seek blessings for their husbands’ long life and prosperity. The day is also celebrated with traditional performances like dances, music, songs and skits dedicated to the Goddess Varamahalakshmi.
Varamahalakshmi festival Puja
There is a special puja that is performed on this day in which special items are offered to the deity as propitiatory offerings such as coconuts, fruits, flowers, homemade sweets, food, incense etc.
Prayers and mantras are chanted during the puja to seek blessings from the Goddess Lakshmi.
After the puja is completed, an aarti is performed and offerings of homemade sweets and fruits are distributed among family members as prasad.
The festival of Varamahalakshmi gives us an opportunity to celebrate womanhood and pay tribute to all the women who have gone before us and to the ones who inspire us today. It also gives us an opportunity to grow closer together as a family and honor the divine feminine energy that resides in all of us, connecting us to each other.
This festival brings with it feelings of joy, love, abundance and unity, reminding us of the power of our connection to each other and how we can be there for each other in times of need. So this Varamahalakshmi, let us celebrate the divine feminine energy and all that it has to offer!
The festival is also a reminder of our responsibility to care for the environment and protect nature’s resources which are essential for sustaining life on the planet. We must use this opportunity to show our gratitude towards our environment by recycling, reducing and reusing resources whenever possible.
Let’s come together to celebrate this festival in a sustainable way and make it a memorable one for generations to come! Let us do our part to keep this planet healthy and prosperous for future generations.