Varalakshmi Puja, or Varamahalaskhmi Pooja, is observed by women in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and by some communities in Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. The observance is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and falls on the Friday before Shravan Poornima. Varalakshmi Puja is an elaborate puja and is usually performed with the help of elderly women who have performed the Pooja earlier. Here is a list of essential items that are required for the puja.
This is only a general list of things required. The puja requirements vary from region to region.
- Picture or image or idol of Maha Lakshmi.
- A Kalash pot for Purna Kumbha – clay or silver.
- Lamps, bells, agarbathis – usual puja articles.
- Usual decorations for puja.
- Cotton dress for the idol or garlands
- A piece of blouse to cover the idol.
- Threads or Saradu
Fruits and Leaves
- Locally available fruits
- Dhruva grass
- Fragrant leaves
- Betel leaves
- Betel nuts
- Banana leaf with tip or a tray
For making ‘Prasad’ or offering – Usually sweets this depends on the person’s ability. There are a lot of varieties of sweets that are made. The preparation begins on Thursday.
Mahanaivedyam includes Payasam, vadai, Modakam, Raw rice Idli, and appam. For recipes visit
Decorating Varalakshmi Amman
If you want to strictly follow all the rules and methods of Varalakshmi Puja, then it is wise to take the advice from an elderly woman who is regularly performing the puja.
Always remember rituals should not be a trap. It should only be a helping step in realizing the ultimate truth. A simple flower offered with devotion is far better than elaborate showy rituals.