Things That Are Considered Sacred For Varamahalakshmi Pooja

By: Subodini Menon

Varamahalakshmi Pooja will be celebrated by the Hindus worldwide on the 4th of August this year. According to the Hindu calendar, Varamahalakhsmi Pooja is observed on the first Friday of the bright fortnight of the Shravana month.

It is considered holy for the devotees of Goddess Maha Lakshmi and all women in general. Women pray to the Goddess Maha Lakshmi for wealth and for the prosperity of their family. They also pray for the long and healthy lives of their husbands.

The name Varamahalakshmi is a combination of the words 'Varam, 'Maha' and 'Lakshmi'. It can be translated as the great mother Lakshmi who grants boons. As the name suggests, Goddess Lakshmi showers boons on the devotees who observe the Varamahalakshmi pooja wholeheartedly.

In this article, we shall discuss the many things that are considered to be sacred on the day of Varamahalakshmi festival. Read on to know more.

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Image Of Goddess Maha Lakshmi’s Face

Goddess Maha Lakshmi's face can be made by hand using turmeric, kumkum and sandalwood paste. Those who are not adept in doing so can purchase it from the market.

Maha Lakshmi's face made from metals like brass and silver are very popular. They are known as Amman Mugham too. The face of the Goddess is an important part of the pooja. It represents the Goddess Maha Lakshmi herself and is treated with lots of love and respect.

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Kalasha

Kalasha or a pot made from copper, brass or silver is used to represent Goddess Maha Lakshmi. The pot is decorated with turmeric, sandalwood paste, kumkum and yellow thread. It is filled with nuts, dry fruits and coins and is covered with an unbroken coconut. Mango leaves are tied or stuck to the neck of the kalasha to complete the decoration.

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Turmeric

Turmeric has been considered to be holy by the Indian society for a long time. It has been used for both its medicinal and spiritual value in every aspect of life. It is considered a symbol of fertility and prosperity. It is also a symbol of marriage. Turmeric is smeared over the kalasha and the coconut. It is also used in the pooja proceedings.

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Kumkum

Kumkum or sindoor is considered as one of the most important parts of a married woman's attire. It is counted as one among the Solah Shringar. It stands for a happy and blissful married life. Married women apply the kumkum to the parting of their hair at the forehead as a prayer for their husband's long life.

Kumkum is used on the kalasha and the coconut as a decoration and is also distributed among the participants of the pooja.

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Coconut

Coconut is an important part of any pooja or worship in the Hindu community. It is considered very auspicious and is broken at the end as an offering to the deities.

During Varamahalakshmi pooja, an unbroken coconut is placed at the mouth of the Kalash to represent the Goddess Maha Lakshmi. More coconuts are used as a part of the pooja process. It is also added in the tamboolam that is offered to the women who participate in the pooja.

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Yellow Thread

Nonbu saradu or the yellow thread is a combination of nine single strands of threads. It is dipped in turmeric to colour it yellow. Nine knots are tied into it and flowers are tied into the middle part of the thread. Generally, the lotus flower and the flowers of ganera are used as they are considered very auspicious.

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Mango Leaves

Mango leaves are used to decorate the neck of the Kalasha. This is due to the fact that the mango leaves are considered very auspicious. Mango leaves are also tied at the doors to welcome and usher Goddess Maha Lakshmi in. They are considered pure and are thought to be the harbingers of prosperity.

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Tamboolam

Tamboolam is the set or package of things that are offered to the women who partake in the pooja as a parting gift. It contains auspicious things that are important to a woman. It contains items such as kumkum, turmeric, sandalwood paste, bindis, kajal, bangles, clothes, dry fruits, betel leaves, areca nuts, coconut and more.

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Story first published: Monday, July 31, 2017, 10:38 [IST]
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