The second Friday of the month of Sravanam has great significance. The holiest of all – Varalakshmi Vratam is performed on this auspicious day by married women. It is believed to grant long life to their husbands, and great riches to their families.
Performing Varalakshmi Vratam:
Padmasane padmakare sarvalokaika poojite, Narayani priye devi supreeta bhava sarvadaa Ksheerodaarnavasambhoote kamale kamalaalaye, Sushtiraa bhava me gehe suraasura namaskrute, Varalakshmi devatam dhyaayami
Varalakshmi Vrata Vidhanam:
On the day of Varalakshmi Vratam, wake up early in the morning. Take a shower and arrange the things to perform the pooja. Decorate the peetham with kolam or muggu after applying haldi paste to it. Place Goddess Lakshmi’s photo on it. Put kalasam in front of the deity and arrange thoralu, akshatalu, pasupu ganapati, flowers, fruits etc there.
How to prepare thoram:
Make a five or nine threaded thorams with white color cotton thread and apply haldi paste to it. Make five or nine knots to it place them near the puja peetam.
Things needed for the Varalakshmi puja:
turmeric powder, kumkuma powder, red blouse piece-1, sandal paste, flowers, fruits, betel leaves, betel nuts, white thread to make thorams, coconuts, lamps, ghee to light the lamp, camphor, incense sticks, rice, and chana
The Varalakshmi puja procedure begins:
Suklambaradharam vishnum sasivarnam chaturbhujam Prasanna vadanam dhyayetsarva vighnopasantaye.
Meditate about Ganapati and perform aachamanam later
Om Keshavaya swaahaa (take little water into your hand and drink)
Om Narayanaya swaahaa (take little water into your hand and drink)
Om Madhavaya swaahaa (take little water into your hand and drink)
Om Govindaya namaha (wipe your hands)
Om Vishnave namaha (wipe your eyes)
Om Madhusudanaya namaha,
Om Trivikramaya namaha
Om Vamanaya namaha,
Om Sridharaya namaha
Om Hrushikeshaya namaha,
Om Padmanabhaya namaha
Om Samkarshanaya namaha,
Om Vasudevaya namaha,
Om Pradyumnaya namaha,
Om Aniruddhaya namaha,
Om Purushottamaya namaha,
Om Adhokshajaya namaha,
Om Naarasimhaya namaha,
Om Achyutaya namaha,
Om Janardhanaya namaha,
Om Upendraya namaha,
Om Haaraye namaha,
Om Srikrishnaya namaha
Uttishtantu bhoota pishachaah yete bhoomi bharakah, Yetesha mavirodhena brahmakarma samaarabhe.
Read this mantra and throw some akshintalu behind. Now perform pranayam chanting the following mantra..
Om Bhuh Om Bhuvah – Om Suvah Om Mahah Om Janah Om Tapah Om Satyam – Om tatsaviturvarenyam Bhargo devasya dheemahi – Dhiyoyonah prachodayat
Om aapojyotii rasomrutam – Brahma bhurbhuvassuvarom mama upaatta samasta duritakshaya dvaara sri parameshwara preetyartham – subhey sobhaney muhurthey, adya brahmanah dvitiya paraarthe, sweta varaha kalpe, vaivaswata manwantare, kaliyugey prathama paadey jamboo dweepey, bharata varshey, bharata khandey, meroh dakshina digbhaage srisailasya.(name of place where you reside) pradese, swagruhey/sobhana gruhey samasta devata, brahmana, harihara sannidhau, vartamana vyaavaharika chaandramanena sri virodhi nama samvatsare dakshinayaney varsharutau sravana maasey suklapakshe dasamyaayam, bhruguvaasare subha nakshatre subha yogey subha karaney evam guna viseshana visishtaayam subha tithau, srimatyah …Hiusband’s name………. sarmanah dharmapatni srimati gotravati …Wife’s name- and family gotram………. (gotram peru- name of your gotram or family lineage)) …………….. naamadheyavati asmaakam saha kutumbanam kshema, sthairya, dhairya, vijaya, abhaya, aayuraarogya, aishwaryabhi vruddhyartham, dharmaartha, kaama moksha chaturvidha phala purushaartha siddhyartham, satsantana sowbhagya phala praptyartham sri varalakshmi devata muddisya, sri varalakshmi devata preetyartham kalpokta vidhaanena yavachhakti dhyana aavahanadi shodasopachara poojam karishye (antu kudi cheti madhya veluto neetini taakali)
(Take a glass or panchapatra specially kept only for puja and pour water in it. Put in some akshatalu, flowers, and a betel leaf in it.
Apply sandal paste and kumkuma on three sides of it. Put your right hand on it and read the following mantra.) kalashasya mukhe vishnu kanthe rudrassamaashritaha mooletatrasthitho brahm madhye maathru ganaa sthitah kukshowtu saagaraa ssarve sapta dweepaa vasundhara rugvedo adha yajurvedo ssaamavedohyadharvanah angaischa sahitaa ssarve kalasambu samaasritaah aayamthu lakshmi poojartham duritakshaya karakaah gamgecha, yamunaichaiva, godavari, saraswathi, narmadaa, sindhu, kaveri jalesmin sannimdhikuru evam kalasha poojaam kuryaath (after chanting this mantra, dip a flower in the holy water and sprinkle it on the Goddess, things readied for puja, and on yourself.
Feel as if you purified everything around you and got ready for the puja.
Now make a Ganapati with haldi, place it on a betel leaf in the mandapam. Worship him with flowers and place some akshatalu on your head. Now begins the procedure of Varalakshmi Vratam.)
Varalakshmi Pooja Prarambhamu(Dhyana sthuti)
padmasane padmakarey sarvalokaika poojithe narayana priaye devi, supreetaa bhavasarvadaa shodhashopachara pooja prarambhaha. Dhyanam: Ksheerodarnava sambhutey kamale kamalalaye susthiraa bhavame gehe surasura namaskruthe Sri varalakshmi devatayai namah dhyayami (put someflowers before the kalasam)
sarva mangala maangalye vishnu vakshasthalaalaye, aavaahayaami devitvaam, supreetaa bhava sarvadaa Sri varalakshmi devatayai namah aavaahayaami (put some akshatalu in front of the kalasam)
sooryaayutha nibhasphurthe sphuradratna vibhushite simhasanamidam devi stheeyatam surapujite Sri varalakshmi devatayai namah navaratna khachita simhasanam samarpayami (here imagine that the diamond studded throne is being offered to her to sit and accept your puja)
Suddhodakam cha paatrastham gamdha pushpaadhi mishritam, arghyam daasyaamite devi gruahaana surapoojite Sri varalakshmi devatayai namah arghyam samarpayaami. (here fragrant water is offered to her) Paadyam: Suvaasita jalam ramyam sarvateertha samudbhavam paadhyam gruhaana devitvam sarwa deva namaskruthe Sri varalakshmi devatayai namah paadhyam samarpayaami. (a spoonful (uddharinedu)water is offered to the goddess)
payodadhi ghruto petam sarkara madhu samyuktam panchamruta snanamidam gruhana kamalalaye Sri varalakshmi devatayai namah panchamruta snanam samarpayami (few drops of holy water should be sprinkled on the kalasam)
gangajalam mayaneetam mahadeva sirasthitam suddhodaka snanamidam gruhana vidhu sodari Sri varalakshmi devatayai namah suddhodaka snanam samarpayami (here also few drops of holy water should be sprinkled on the kalasam) snaanantaram aachamaneeyam samarpayami (put a spoon full of water in the arghyapatra)
Suraarchitaamghri yugale dukoola vasanapriye vastra yugmam pradaasyami gruahaana harivallabhe Sri varalakshmi devatayai namah vastra yugmam samarpayaami (a new saree specially kept for the goddess is offered to her)
Keyoora kamkana dhivye haranupura mekhala vibhooshanaanya moolyaani gruahana rushipoojithe Sri varalakshmi devatayai namah abharanaani samarpayaami. (gold ornaments are offered to the deity)
Taptahemakhrutham sootram mukthaadaamavibhooshitam upaveetamidam devi gruhanatvam shubhaprade Sri varalakshmi devatayai namah upveetam samarpayaami. (a thread should be made with cotton, apply sandalwood paste to its ends and attach it to the kalasam)
Karpooraagarukasturee gorochanaadi bhiranwitam gamdham daasyaamyaham devi preetyartham pratiguhyatam Srivaralakshmi devataayai namah gamdham samarpayam (sprinkle sandalwood paste on the kalasam)
akshataan dhavalaan divyaan shaaliyaan stamdulaan subhan hariadraakumkumopetaan gruhyataam abdhiputrike Sri varaoakshmi devatayai namah akshtaan samarpayaami. (place some akshatalu at her feet)
Mallikaaj aaji kusumai schampakairvasulai sthadhaa neelotpalaischa kalhaarai poojayaami Hariapriye Sri Varalakshmi devatayai namah pushpaih poojayami. (place some flowers before the goddess)
Om Chanchalaayai namah – paadou poojayaami. Om Chapalaayai namah – jaanunee poojayaami. Om Peetaambharadharaayai namah naabhim poojayaami Om Kamalavaasinyai namah katim poojayaami Om Padmaalayaayainamah naabhim poojayaami Om Madanamaatre namah sthanow poojayaami Om Kambukamtyai namah kamtham poojayaami Om Sumukhaayai namah mukhampoojayaami Om sunetraayai namah netrou poojayaami Om Ramayai namah karnou poojayaami Om Kamalaayainamah – sirah poojayaami Om Sri Varalakshmyai namah sarvanyamgani pujayami.
Chant the Lakshmi ashtotram
Lakshmyashtottara satanaama poojam samarpayami Iti Sri Lakshmyashtottara satanaamavalih samaapta
Ghrutaakthavarti samyukta mamdhakaaravinaasakam Deepam daasyaami devesi gruhana mudithaabhava Sri varalakshmi devatayai namahdeepam samarpayaami! (show the deepam with your right hand)
Naiveedyam shadrasopetam daddhimadhvaajya samyutam, naanaabhakshya phalopetam gruahana hariavallabhe, Sri varalakshmi devatayai namah naivedyam samarpayaami! (dedicate all the specially prepared naivedyam to the goddess Varalakshmi)
Ghanasaara sugandehna mishritam pushpavaasitam paaneeyam gruahataam devi seetalam sumanoharam Sri varalakshmi devatayai namah paaneeyam samarpayaami! (Leave some drops of water with the beetle leaf)
Poogee phala samaayuktam naagavallee dalairyutam karpura choorna samyuktham taambulam, pratigruhyataam Sri varalakshmi devatayai namah taambulam samarpayaami (place two bananas and betel nuts on two betel leaves before the goddess)
Read the following mantra and Tie the sacred band (thoram) to your right hand.. bathnaamidakshineehaste navasootram shubhapradam putrapowtraabhi vruddhimcha mamasowkhyam dehime rame (tie the thoram to your right hand while reading this mantra)
Evam sampujya kalyanim varalakshmim swasaktitah Datavyam dwadasa pooram vayanamhi dwijayate! Vayanadaana mantram: (mantras to chant while giving the vayanam) indira prati gruhnaatu indira vaidadaaticha indiraa taarakobhabhyam indiraayai namo namah iti pooja vidhanam sampoornam (the puja process is completed)
Sri Varalakshmi Vratha Katha Prarambham:
Varalakshmi Vratha Katha (Legend or Story of Vara Laxmi Vratram) Vara Laxmi Vrata is observed on the Second Friday of the Shravan month. Charumathi, a Brahmin woman lived in a town, Kundina. She was very humble and kind in her nature. She was very much devoted to her husband and family. One night, Goddess Laxmi appeared in her dream and told her to worship Vara Laxmi and seek her blessings. Goddess Laxmi also explained the Vrata procedure and the best day to observe Vara Laxmi Vrata. Laxmi asked Charumathi to observe Varalaxmi Vrata on the Second Friday of Shravana Month. Charumathi informed about the dream to his husband and family. She also told to her friends and the word spread throughout the town. On the Second Friday of Shravan Month, Charumathi along with her family, friends and the women of the town observe Vara Laxmi Vrata. They worshipped Vara Laxmi with utmost devotion and offered special recipes and fruits to please her. Goddess Vara Laxmi appeared before them and granted boons to all of them. Their houses were filled with grains, diamonds, jewels and gold. They all lived happily in their rest of life. Since the time, women have begun observing Vara Laxmi Vrata every year on the specific Friday.
Varalakshmi Mangala Harati:
Ramaniki mangalamanarey.. kamalanayanaku nitu ramana madakunjara yanaku saadhu sukruta nidaanaku sirula nimpu bimbananaku karakamala mukta bhaktabhimaniki….. Ramaniki mangalamanarey lalita pallava paaniki neela jaladhara nibhaveniki jalajalochanu raaniki, sadhuguna sreniki kalumu leenedi molakanavvulu kuluku kalikiki talirubuniki… Ramaniki mangalamanarey sarasadala netraku sowmyadharaku sobhanagaatriki bhoori karuna dhatriki samajita maitriki sakala duritala vitriki ksheerasagara putriki… Ramaniki mangalamanarey ramaku, poshitashritalokaku seeghramuga neeyave ratna vadhumaniki poshitasrita lokaalaku duritavanadahaku seshadaasaana saroruha sreekaravaardi gamanalolaku ramaku ramaniki mangalamanarey
Lakshmim ksheera samudra raja tanayam sree ranga dhameshwareem Daasee bhoota samasta deva vanitam lokaika deepamkuram Srimanmanda kataaksha labdha vibhavadbrahmendra gangadharam Twam trailokya kutumbinim sarasijam vande mukundapriyam
Benifits of Performing Varalakshmi Vrat
Phalasruti Sarvasankata naasanamu, ishtakamyartha siddhi, udyogalabhamu, rajabhogamu, sarvapaapa vinaasanamu, ashta aishwarya praapti kalugutaayi.