Varamahalakshmi Pooja is one of the most significant poojas that one can do during his/her lifetime. It is an important pooja that is done mostly by the women folk of the Hindu community.
The festival of Varamahalakshmi is dedicated to the Goddess Maha Lakshmi and is celebrated mainly in the South Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
It is possible that you may have a lot of doubts about the correct procedure of the pooja, especially if you are going to perform the pooja for the first time.
So, today we have put together a list of most commonly asked questions and doubts regarding the celebration of the Varamahalakshmi festival and pooja. Read on to know more.
When Is Varamahalakshmi Pooja Celebrated?
The Varamahalakshmi Pooja is celebrated on the first Friday in the Shukla Paksha or the waning fortnight of the Shravan month.
Why Is Varamahalakshmi Pooja Conducted In The Shravan Month?
It is said that Lord Vishnu was born on the Shravan Nakshatra and the Shravan month is named after him. The month of Shravan is considered holy because it is the favourite month of Lord Vishnu. Goddess Lakshmi decided that all poojas and worship done for her during this month shall reach her immediately and all such poojas will find success.
The poojas done for the Goddess Maha Lakshmi will also be blessed by Lord Vishnu.
What Is The Best Time To Conduct The Pooja?
The pooja must be finished by 10.30 AM, as after this time the Rahu Kalam starts. Rahu Kalam is considered inauspicious and is not a good time for the pooja proceedings. On the Fridays, Rahu Kalam usually starts from 10.30 AM to 12.00 in the noon. Thereafter, the pooja can only be conducted after noon or in the evening.
How Long Should The Fasting Last?
The fasting usually begins with the sunrise on the festival day and ends with the pooja's completion, generally in the evening.
Can Pregnant Women Perform The Pooja?
It is okay if the pregnant women want to perform the pooja, but they should avoid fasting.
Is It Okay To Perform The Pooja If Someone In The House Is Menstruating?
The only rule is that a menstruating woman should not perform the pooja. It is fine if someone else is performing the pooja and a menstruating woman is present in the house. If you choose not to do the pooja on the Varamahalakshmi Pooja day, then you may do it on the following Friday too.
How To Establish The Kalasha For The Pooja?
Kalasha is a brass, copper or silver pot that contains water. It is symbolically used in poojas to represent the mother Goddess, Goddess Maha Lakshmi in this case.
To correctly establish the Kalasha for the pooja, follow the below-mentioned steps:
- Clean the kalasha and dry it. Use turmeric and kumkum to decorate the kalasha with dots.
- Choona is used to smear at the bottom of the kalasha.
- The kalasha is then filled with rice, dry fruits and coins.
- The neck of the kalasha is decorated with mango leaves. The tips of the leaves must always point upwards and the stem part downwards.
- Place a coconut on the neck. The coconut should be decorated with turmeric, kumkum and sandalwood paste. The three eyes of the coconut should point outwards.
- An unstitched cloth is wrapped around the kalasha to represent the clothes of the Goddess.
- Flower garlands and flowers are used to further decorate the kalasha. A face of the Goddess can be attached to the kalasha using sandalwood paste and a piece of thread. You may also decorate the kalasha with jewellery.
- Place the kalasha in a clean and sacred place for the pooja.
What Should Be Done To The Kalasha After The Completion Of The Pooja?
After the pooja, the Kalasha should be respectfully removed from the sacred place. It should be dismantled carefully. The content of the kalasha should be buried in a deep hole in the mud, in a secluded area.