Varamahalakshmi is an important festival to the Hindus living in the south of India. It is dedicated to the Goddess Maha Lakshmi who is considered to be the Goddess of wealth.
In the southern states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, women gather to perform the Pooja to please the Goddess Maha Lakshmi. When pleased, Goddess Maha Lakshmi blesses her devotees with health, wealth and prosperity.
It is also believed that the goddess blesses the women with "Sumangali Yoga", which means that their husbands will live a long and healthy life.
Given below are the Pooja Muhurtams and the things required, or samagri, to perform the pooja correctly. Read on to know more.
Pooja Muhurtam For The Varamahalakshmi Pooja
- According to the Hindu calendar, the Varamahalakshmi Pooja is performed every year on the first Friday of the Shukla Paksha of the Shravana month.
- Another way to find out the day of Varamahalakshmi Pooja is to look at the date of Rakshabandhan. The Varamahalakshmi Pooja is always celebrated on the Friday before the day of Raksha Bandhan.
- This year, Varamahalakshmi Pooja will be celebrated on the 4th of August.
- Varamahalakshmi Pooja muhurtam during the morning: 6.45 AM to 8.48 AM
- Varamahalakshmi Pooja muhurtam during the evening: 7.15 PM to 8.50 PM
- Panchang for the day of Varamahalakshmi Pooja: 4th August 2017
Pooja Samagri Required For The Varamahalakshmi Pooja
For every pooja, it is important to collect the Pooja samagri or the items required for the pooja beforehand. Collecting all the pooja items and having it ready will help in making sure that you won't have to run around later when the pooja is in process.
It will also help in keeping the pooja organized and will bring an auspicious atmosphere. Read on to know what are the important Pooja items, or samagri, required.
- Things to draw the rangoli - rice flour and colours (if required)
- Tambaalam - a big plate (preferably made of copper)
- Petha or a wooden plank
- Raw rice - this will be used to spread it on the petha
- Banana leaves
- One Kalash - made out of bronze or silver
- Water - it needs to be scented using Mace
- Cardamom, edible camphor, saffron, cloves - these will be used to put into the Kalash
- Mango leaves - will be used to line the mouth of the Kalash
- Few coconuts - one will be placed on the kalash and the others will be used in the pooja and tamboolam.
- Turmeric powder
- Sandalwood paste
- Rice mixed with turmeric - Akshata
- Lotus flower
- The depiction of the Goddess's face - readily available in the market.
- Nose pin and eye jewellery - available in the market
- Clothes for the Goddess
- Garland made of flowers
- Flowers for the pooja
- Bananas, betel leaves and areca nut
- Toram - a sacred thread that is coloured yellow using turmeric. It has nine threads and nine knots. It is worn on the hand
- Pongu nool - it is a thread that is coloured yellow with turmeric. It is worn around the neck
- Dry fruits
- Panchamritam - it is a mix consisting of fruits, dry fruits, ghee, nuts and jaggery
- Dishes for naivedyam - both sweet and savory - payasam, appam, chitranna, karjikai, borelu, pooran, idli and more.
- Tamboolam packets, depending upon the number of women you invite to your pooja. Each tamboolam set must contain sandalwood paste, kumkum, bangles, yellow thread, betel leaves, areca nuts, coconut and banana. You must also add clothes that may be blouse pieces or such. Also, add one rupee coin into it.
- Have plates and cups ready to distribute the prasadam
- Pages with the Maha Lakshmi Stotram and the Vrat Katha printed on it. It can be distributed among the participants of your pooja.