Vara Mahalakshmi puja- Preparation for the Puja

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
  • Mirror
  • Comb

Fruits and Leaves

  • Bananas
  • 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

varalaxmi prep 2

Decorating Varalakshmi Amman

In a thambalam(Plate), plantain leaf(Vazhaiilai) is laid and over the leaf, put 1 cup of raw rice and spread it evenly. Keep a silver pot(Sombu) and decorate the sivler pot with sandal and kumkum. The silver pot is filled with rice or water, coins, turmeric, betel leaf and a nut. Take a coconut rub it with turmeric keep that Over the silver pot, on the top of the coconut, decorate with karugumani bangles and cover the silver pot with blouse piece. Now place the Varalakshmi face over the coconut and tie it tightly in the back of the coconut to avoid falling. Decorate the Amman Mugham with different colors of flowers and gold chains. Decorating amman with Panju thiri malai is very auspicious. Now decorate a small table with thoraman and maaviali(Mango tree leaf) and place the thamabalam inside the table. On the day of varalakshmi viratham, in the morning, we need to decorate the amman in thambalam first and in the entrance of house, we need to wet the floor and put kolam and place the amman thambalam in the kolam and we need to sing “Varalakshmi Ra Ve Ma Intiki” and slowly lift the amman thambalam and bring it to the Pooja room where the small table is ready with thoranam and maavilai and place it thambalam inside the table slowly and gently.
Varalaxmi prep

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.


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