Varalakshmi Vratam – Special Occasion During Shravan Maas
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Varalakshmi Vratam is a festival to propitiate the goddess Lakshmi. Varalakshmi Pooja is celebrated on the friday, before the full moon day (pournami), the traditional month of Sravanamasam. It is considered to be very auspicious especially for women.
The Date of Varalakshmi Vratham is 27th July 2012. Goddess Lakshmi is in eight avatars as Adhi Lakshmi, Dhanya Lakshmi, Dyrya Lakshmi, Gaja Lakshmi, Santhana Lakshmi, Vijaya Lakshmi, Vidya Lakshmi, Dhana Lakshmi. All these Lakshmis on an individual basis brings health, wealth, peace, strength, fame and prosperity.
The day of Varalakshmi Vratham womens wokeup early morning (brahma muhurtham) then clean the house and do headbath wears mostly red saree. The designated puja area is cleaned well and a beautiful rangoli is drawn on the intended place of pooja. then turmeric powder and kumkum powder. Rice is spread on the rangoli and a kalasham is placed on the rice. kalasham composed of rice, coins, five different kinds of leaves, and beetle nut. The items used to fill the kalasham vary from region to region and top covered with coconut and new blouse piece. The sides of coconut arranged with mango leaves. the coconut is cleaned smeared with turmeric and kumkum.
Womens prepares pindi vantalu 5 or 11 depending upon their possibilities, in the evening they call neibhours, friends and rlatives to take vayanam (Thamboolam) which contains two betel leafs, fruits, soap etc..and they offers red bangles to the guests.
There are no hard and fast rules in performing the Varalakshmi Pooja. Even a simple prayer will please Goddess Lakshmi.
Maa Lakshmi is the consort of Lord Vishnu and the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. She is greatly revered by Hindus everywhere whose lives are transformed by her auspicious blessings. Each year, millions of devotees travel to the various shrines of Maa Lakshmi across India to get her darshan and seek her blessings. Lakshmi pooja brings great wealth and health to the devotee’s lives and helps them fulfill their wishes too.
Varalakshmi is another name for Maa Lakshmi and also her most benevolent manifestation. ‘Vara’ means wealth and ‘Lakshmi’ refers to the Goddess of wealth. Those who perform Varalakshmi pooja can gain many special benefits in their lives.
Significance Of Varalakshmi Vrat
1. Varalakshmi Vratam falls on the Friday before Shravan Purnima is one considered as one of the most important festivals in Shravan.
2. On this day devotees offer ritualistic worship of Maa Varalakshmi in order to gain boons of wealth, health and a satisfactory material life.
3. This occasion is mostly celebrated by women in order to ensure good health and a prosperous life for their husbands, children and other members of the family.
4. Varalakshmi Vrat is very popular especially in south Indian states like Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra. Millions of married and newly married women seek the Goddesses’ favor on this special day.
5. According to legend, observing Varalakshmi Vrat is the equivalent of worshipping Ashta Lakshmi – the eight Goddesses of Wealth (Sri), Earth (Bhu), Learning (Saraswati), Love (Priti), Fame (Kirti), Peace (Shanti), Pleasure (Tushti) and Strength (Pushti).
Rituals Of Varalakshmi Vrat
1. Preparation of Kalasha or pot with ingredients such as rice, coins, water, limes, betel nuts and leaves.
2. Rangolis are drawn and the house is cleaned thoroughly for the pooja.
3. Ganapati Sthapana pooja is done after that.
4. This is followed by Varalakshmi pooja and the chanting of mantras such as Lakshmi Sahasranamam.
5. Flowers, fruits and other samgri are offered to the Goddess.
5. All women must fast on the day of Varalakshmi Vrat.
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Varalakshmi Vratam Puja
Varalakshmi Vratam is an important Puja, dedicated to Goddess Varalakshmi, performed by many women in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. Varalakshmi is another form of Lord Vishnu’s consort Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth. In North Indian states Varalakshmi Puja is not as popular as those of South Indian states.
Varalakshmi Vratam falls during Shukla Paksha of Hindu month Shravan and it is observed on first Friday before Shravan Purnima. Shravan Purnima is observed as Raksha Bandhan in most Indian states. Varalakshmi Vratam also happens to be second Friday in Shravan month. Currently it falls in month of July or August in English calendar.
Varalakshmi Puja is performed by married women for the well-being of husband and the other family members. It is believed that worshipping Goddess Vara-Lakshmi on this day is equivalent to worshipping Ashta-Lakshmi – the eight Goddesses of Wealth (Sri), Earth (Bhu), Learning (Saraswati), Love (Priti), Fame (Kirti), Peace (Shanti), Pleasure (Tushti) and Strength (Pushti).
Varalakshmi Vratam is one of the most appropriate days to propitiate and to seek blessing of theGoddess Lakshmi.
The Shravan month in a Hindu lunar calendar is one of the most auspicious months and numerous pujas and rituals are held in this month. One of the most important puja in the month is the Varamahalakshmi Puja which held on the last Friday of the Shukla Paksha of Shravan month. Apart from this another puja and ritual dedicated to Mahalakshmi is held on the first Friday of the Shukla Paksha of Sawan month.
In some regions a murti of Goddess Lakshmi is installed on the first Friday of Shravan Shukla Paksha for puja. It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi only visits those houses that are clean. The houses are cleaned and offerings are made to Goddess Lakshmi. In some regions this is a community puja in which women of neighborhood gather in a house and perform the puja.
Varalakshmi Puja is observed by married women in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and other parts of South India. Varalakshmi Puja 2015 date is August 28. Goddess Lakshmi – the goddess of wealth and prosperity – is worshipped on the day. Varamahalakshmi literally means the boon granting goddess.
The Friday before the Full Moon, or Pournami day, of Tamil Month Aadi is chosen to perform Varalakshmi Puja. The corresponding month in the Kannada, Marathi and Telugu Calendar is the Shravan month.
Worshipping Goddess Lakshmi on Varalakshmi Vrata day is equivalent to worshippingAshtalaksmi – the eight goddesses of Wealth, Earth, Learning, Love, Fame, Peace, Pleasure, and Strength.
The importance of Varalakshmi Puja is mentioned in the Skanda Purana. It is believed that importance of Varalakshmi Puja was narrated to Goddess Parvati by Lord Shiva.
Goddess Parvati wanted to know about a Vrata that is highly beneficial to a woman, which will help her lead a happy and prosperous life on earth. Lord Shiva then mentioned about the Varamahalakshmi Vratam.
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But the most important puja is the Varamahalakshmi puja. You can find details of Varalakshmi Puja here in this article.
Sawan 2015: Raining Of God’s Endless Favor
The auspicious dates of month Sawan in 2015 are here. Blessings and divinity showers on devotees in the month of Sawan. This month beautifies the souls of devotees and the nature around. Make the most of this very special month of Shravan in 2015 and be a part of God’s endless favor .
Sawan 2015: Significance Of This Holy Month
Sawan month or Shravan month holds a great significance and is considered to be the most sacred month, according to Hindu mythology. This month is blessed with the blessings of different gods, especially Lord Shiva.
Shravan is the fifth month, according to the traditional Hindu calendar , which falls during the Gregorian months of July-August. According to Purnimant calendar, Saavn month in 2015 is going to start from August 01 and will continue till August 29. The month is called Shravan or Sawan because Shravana Nakshatra (constellation) appears in sky during this month.
Savan month is considered to be the most auspicious month for worshiping Lord Shiva. He showers his limitless favor on his devotees in the month of Savan. Along with the special Savan Somvars (Mondays) and Savan Shivratri, the whole month of Sawan holds great significance for all the devotees of Lord Shiva. Savan also celebrates the divinity of Lord Vishnu, Lord Krishna, and Maa Lakshmi. So, come, let’s read about the significance of Sawan in 2015. Here are some important dates and days of the festivals during Saavn in 2015:
Sawan 2015: Important Dates & Festivals In 2015
Here are the different important dates and days according to the northern parts of India in the month Savan in 2015. As different days and dates of Sawan month are blessed with the blessings of different lords, let’s read about them in detail.
Following are the dates of the festivals that will be observed in the Northern part of the country during Shravan month in 2015.
|August 01, 2015||Saturday||First day of Sawan Month|
|August 03, 2015||Monday||Sawan Somvar Vrat|
|August 10, 2015||Monday||Sawan Somvar Vrat/ Kamika Ekadashi|
|August 17, 2015||Monday||Sawan Somvar Vrat/ Hariyali Teej|
|August 19, 2015||Wednesday||Nag Panchami|
|August 24, 2015||Monday||Sawan Somvar Vrat|
|August 26, 2015||Wednesday||Shravana Putrada Ekadashi|
|August 28, 2015||Friday||Varalakshmi Vrat|
|August 29, 2015||Saturday||Last day of Sawan Month/ Raksha Bandhan|
On the other hand, below mentioned are the dates of the festivals that will be observed in the southern part of the country too, during the Shravan Month in 2015.
|August 17, 2015||Monday||Hariyali Teej|
|August 19, 2015||Wednesday||Nag Panchami|
|August 26, 2015||Wednesday||Shravana Putrada Ekadashi|
|August 28, 2015||Friday||Varalakshmi Vrat|
|August 29, 2015||Sunday||Narali Purnima|
- Mondays of Sawan month are dedicated to Lord Shiva. Savan Somvar Vrat are observed by all the devotees to honor Lord Shiva.
- Tuesdays of Saavn month are dedicated to Maa Gauri. Mangala Gauri Vrat (fast) are observed by newlywed females on this day.
- Wednesdays of Saavan month are dedicated to Lord Krishna or Lord Vishnu.
- Thursdays of Sawan month are dedicated to Lord Guru (Budha Graha).
- Fridays of Sawan month are dedicated to Maa Lakshmi. Varalakshmi Vrat or Saavn Shukrawar Vrat is observed by married women for the well being of their family.
- Saturdays of Savan month are dedicated to Lord Shani or Shani Dev. Sampat Shaniwar Vrat is observed by those who want to reduce or escape the bad effects of Shani.
After knowing about the different days, dates, and occasions of month Saavn in 2015, let’s now read about the significance of Mondays in month Saavan in 2015.
Sawan Somvar Vrat 2015
It is believed that performing Sawan Somvar Vrat produces highly auspicious results. Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati are worshiped during these fasts in the month of Savan. Lord Shiva blesses his devotees with the boon of desired wishes.
There are mainly three kinds of Somvar Vrats (fasts) according to the ancient stories. These are Somvar, Solah Somvar, and Somya Pradosh. The starting of Solah Somvar or Somvar Vrat in the month of Saavan is considered as highly auspicious. The Puja Vidhi or Vrat Vidhi (method of fasting) is similar in all kinds of fasts.
Sawan Somvar Vrat starts from the sunrise and continues till the third Prahar (evening) of the day. The devotee who observes the fast can consume the meal (Satvik Khana) once a day, after listening or reciting the Sawan Somvar Vrat Katha.
Here are some points that a devotee should keep in mind, while performing Sawan Somvar Vrat in 2015.
- Get up early in the morning to perform Sawan Somvar Vrat.
- Perform all the morning rituals like bathing and wearing clean clothes.
- Clean the Puja Sthan (place where Puja is to be performed).
- Perform Shiva Puja and take Sankalp (pledge) that you will perform the Sawan Somvar Vrat with full dedication and devotion. Mantra that is used for taking the Sankalp is:
- After that, do meditation by taking the name of Lord Shiva with full devotion. Following Mantra can be used while meditating:
- In the evening, take bath once again and clean the Puja Sthan (place for performing Puja) before worshiping Lord Shiva.
- Worship Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati with full devotion.
- Listen or recite Sawan Somvar Vrat Katha.
- Do the Aarti of Lord Shiva.
- Distribute Prasad (sacred food) among other devotees or family members.
- Now, you can consume the food for fast (Satvik Khana).
By following the above given points, the fast of Saawan Somvars can be observed during Sawan in 2015.
Now, let’s read what auspicious outcomes can be obtained by performing Sawan Somvar Vrat in 2015 with full devotion.
Benefits Of Sawan Somvar Vrat
- All the tensions and imperfections of life will vanish after performing Sawan Somvar Vrat.
- Lord Shiva blesses unmarried ladies with their desired husbands, if they perform the Sawan Somvar Vrat with utter devotion.
- Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati bless their devotees with wealth and prosperity.
- Lord Shiva fulfills all the wishes and desires of his devotees.
- Married ladies observe Sawan Somvar Vrat for the well being of their husbands and sons.
Observe Sawan Somvar Vrats in 2015 and earn the blessings of Lord Shiva.
Sawan 2015: Why We Worship Lord Shiva During Sawan?
According to the traditional stories, churning of the ocean (Samudra Manthan) took place in the month of Shravan or Saavan. Different precious items came out from the ocean that were equally distributed among the gods and demons. But, some items were of those kind also, which were not expected by any of gods or demons, like poison (Halahala).
So, to save the world from the bad effects of poison, Lord Shiva consumed poison and stored it in his throat. His throat turned blue, because of the dark color of poison. Due to this reason, Lord Shiva was attributed as Neelkanth. In order to honour Lord Shiva for consuming poison and saving the world, the whole month of Sawan (Shravan) is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Sawan 2015: Significance Of This Holy Month
Sawan is also known as the month in which the weather becomes pleasant all around. It seems as if nature is regaining its beauty and freshness in the month of Saavn or Shravan once again. Rainy season begins and the earth feels relieved after the hot season of Summer. It appears as the whole universe is devoting itself to Lord Shiva by pouring water on him in the form of rain. Water level on earth also increases in the month of Saawan.
Sawan holds a great significance for the devotees of each lord who is paid homage during this month. All the wishes and desires of devotees’ get fulfilled, who worship with full faith and devotion. Lord Shiva showers his blessings and favor in the month of Saavan or Shravan. Devotees carry Kavad on their shoulders to pay their reverence to Lord Shiva. Now, let’s take a summarized view and know what is a Kavad.
Kawad is a rod or stick, whose both ends are tied up with pots. These pots are used for fetching the holy water of river Ganga from Haridwar. Kavadiya or the devotees of Lord Shiva, prepare and decorate these Kavadas at their homes and carry them all the way to Haridwar. They also have to take care that the Kavad filled with holy water of river Ganga should not touch the ground.
The holy water of the river Ganga is used by them for Abhishek (coronation) of Lord Shiva’s Lingam in their local area’s temple. Some Kavadiyas (Lord Shiva’s devotees) cover this journey by walking bare feet from their states, whether it is Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Bihar, or Punjab, and some also use the means of transport such as buses or trains to reach Haridwar. They carry special Shravan images of Lord Shiva and sing special Saavan songs.
How can we forget to talk about the significance of Saawan month for the unmarried ladies? Unmarried women observe Sawan Somvar Vrat to get their desired husbands. It is believed that Maa Parvati observed the fasts of Saawan Somvar to get Lord Shiva as her husband in her 108 th birth. Since, Monday is considered to be the day of Lord Shiva and thus, its significance doubles up during the month of Saawan or Shravan (the month of Lord Shiva). Ladies sing special Sawan songs for adding on the divinity and beauty in the month Saavn.
Sawan will come again with the same enormous significance in 2015.
Savan 2015: How To Worship Lord Shiva in Savan?
Worshiping Lord Shiva during Saawan Somvars is considered 108 times more favorable than normal days. Lord Shiva fulfills all the wishes of his devotees.
Similar methods are adopted by Lord Shiva devotees’ to please him. This includes pouring of Panchamrut (milk, curd, honey, sugar, and Ghee) for Lingam’s Abhishek. After that, special offerings of flowers, sandalwood, dry fruits, Bel Patra (Angelo Marmelos), and Datura etc. are made to Lord Shiva. Other than this, Puja-Aarti should be done with Kapur (camphor) and Dhoop (incense sticks). All the desires of Lord Shiva devotees’ are fulfilled by observing the Sawan Aomvar Vrat.
Sawan Somvar Vrat Katha is also given importance, which is recited and chanted during the Somvar Vrat Katha ceremony.
Read out these important points and know how to worship Lord Shiva in the month of Shravan in 2015:
- Pouring Ganga Jal on Shiva Lingam helps in attaining Moksha (salvation).
- Wearing Rudraksha during the month of Saavn is highly beneficial for getting the blessings of Lord Shiva.
- Offer him Bael Patra and Datura to get the blessings of Lord Shiva, as these are considered as the favorites of Lord Shiva.
- Chant Lord Shiva’s Mantra – Om Namah Shivaya , 108 times a day i.e. one Mala (garland), to receive the peace of mind and blessings of Lord Shiva.
- Also, chant one Mala of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra everyday, throughout the month of Shravan or Saawan.
- Listening and reciting of Shiva Stotra is also considered as highly auspicious.
The sacred Mantras of Lord Shiva, whose recitation can produce highly auspicious results are:
Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra :
उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान् मृत्योर्मुक्षीय मा मृतात् ।।
Meaning : Om, we worship the three eyed god, who nourishes all beings. May he frees us from the cycle of birth and death and bless us with Moksha .
Shiva Mantra :
Meaning : We show respect and pay reverence to Lord Shiva .
Lords never let any pain or suffering come through the way of their devotees’ life. Worship them to get a life blessed with wealth and prosperity. Also, take full advantage of the sacred month of Sawan in 2015 by worshiping Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati.
Observe all the fasts with full devotion in the godly month of Sawan and stay blessed. All you need is to pay your devotion at the lord’s feet with a pure heart. With the incoming Savan month, just as the rains fall down to water on the earth, in the same way, god will surely bestow his blessings on his devotees.
Have a happy and devotional Savan in 2015!
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