Varalaxmi Vrat  

Varalakshmi Vratam is a festival to propitiate the goddess Lakshmi, the consort of Vishnu, one of the Hindu Trinity. Varalakshmi is one who grants boons. 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 Srava, also called Sawan in Hindi, which corresponds to the English months of July–August.

Varalakshmi Vratam is performed by married woman for the well being of all the family members, especially husband, to get progeny etc. It is believed that worshiping Goddess Varalakshmi on this day is equivalent to worshiping Ashtalaksmi – the eight goddesses of Wealth, Earth, Learning, Love, Fame, Peace, Pleasure, and Strength.

In the kingdom of Magadha of yore, there lived a Brahmin woman called Charumathi in a town named Kundina. The prosperous town was the home of Charumathi and her husband. Impressed by her devotion to her family, Goddess Mahalakshmi appeared in her dream and asked her to worship Vara-Lakshmi (Vara = boon, Lakshmi = goddess of wealth) and seek to fulfill her wishes. Varalakshmi is yet another form of Lord Vishnu's consort, Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. The prayer/worship was prescribed to be offered on the Friday of Sravana month preceding the night of full moon.

When Charumathi explained her dream to her family, she found them encouraging her to perform the pooja. Many other women of the village joined her in performing the pooja in a traditional way and offered many sweet dishes to the Goddess Varalakshmi. They prayed with deep devotion:

"Padmaasane Padmakare sarva lokaika poojithe Narayana priyadevi supreethaa bhava sarvada"

On this occasion women worship Goddess Lakshmi with utmost devotion offering sweets and flowers, usually a kalash(representing the deity) will be decorated with a saree, flowers and gold jewelry with offerings placed in front.

This pooja can be done with no restriction to caste or creed. To this day many women observe this traditional festival praying Varamahalakshmi for her blesses in form wealth and well being of their family.

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-Lakshmis or forces. In fact, Vishnu representing the preservative aspect of the universe, radiates these forces from him. These forces are personified and worshiped as Lakshmis, since abstract force is beyond the comprehension of the ordinary people. As health, wealth and prosperity depend upon the rhythmic play of these forces, the worship of Lakshmi is said to be to obtain these three. Only a woman can sympathies with women. Lakshmi is a woman. So she will more readily sympathies with women. Hence this festival is observed largely by women, invoking the blessings of Lakshmi on them, their husbands and their children .
Mahalakshmi :
The worship of Mahalaxmi shaligram bestows the devotee with extremelyn good health and wealth. By worshipping Lakshmi Shaligram a man can tremendously progress ...  Read More
Lakshmi Ananta :
Ananta is that form of Vishnu where He is resting on Shesha and Goddess Laxmi is sitting on His Lotus feets. Shesh Nag, the serpent god, has been venerated and ...  Read More
Lakshmi Chakra :
Shree Chakra Shaligram - This rare Shaligram is a direct manifestation of Sri Yantra. TheSri Yantra or Shri Chakra is a yantra formed by nine interlocking triangles that surround and radiate ...  Read More
Lakshmi Sudarshan :
This is a very powerful and commenly found Shaligrama. As the name indicates Sudershan was utilised by Lord Krishna to kill the demons and any other being who came in ...  Read More
Lakshmi Narsimha :
This is one of the very rare Shaligram. The worshiper of this Shaligram gets immense protection from his opponents. Besides great protection, the worshipper ...   Read More
Lakshmi Narayanan :
Laxmi Narayan is one of the rarest Shaligram. One who worships this Shaligram gets immense wealth and very good health. The environment in his house becomes like "Vaikunth". ...  Read More
Lakshmi Kalpavriksha :
According to Hindu mythology, the Kalpavriksha tree was one of the 14 gems which came out of the depths of the sea after the Samudra Manthan (churning of the ocean) ...   Read More
Lakshmi Varah :
AVaraha or the Boar incarnation of Vishnu is the third incarnation of the Lord Vishnu. He killed the demon Hiranyaksha, recovered the stolen Veda's and released the Earth ...  Read More
Lakshmi Venkateswara :
Lakshmi Venkateshwara Shila is very rare, auspicious, powerful and exotic looking Shaligrama Shila. Like Lord Venketeshwara is blessing devotees at Tirupati in India by getting ...  Read More
Lakshmi Janardhana :
This Shila is very exotic, powerful, extremely attractive, brilliant, auspicious, emits very high radiance and has an extra ordinarily high energy levels. Janardhana 'punishes ...   Read More
For More Details Please contact to :
Shri. Rajeev Krishna Dasa 
Address : 306, 'C' Wing, Neelkanth Business Park,
Nathani Road, Behind Vidyavihar Railway Station, Vidyavihar(W), Mumbai- 400086, Maharashtra, (INDIA).
Tel No. :   (00)-(91) 22-25109744, 9322646420/21
Mobile No : 00-91- 9322646420 / 9322646421
Email Id : saligram8@gmail.com , shaligram8@yahoo.com
Web Site : www.shaligram.com