Varalakshmi Vratam, Varalakshmi Puja, VarMahalakshmi Vratham is an important Lakshmi pooja in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra & Orissa. In 2013, Varalakshmi Vratham (Var Mahalakshmi Puja) 2013 date is August 16.
VarLaxmi Vratam is observed on 2nd Friday during the Shravana masam. Because of any reasons, one who could not able to perform the Vratha on second Friday can observe the Var Laxmi Vrata on any Friday in Shravan maas.
Significance and Importance of Varalakshmi Vratam – Vara Laxmi Vratha Mahatmya:
Lakshmi is the Goddess of wealth and prosperity. Worshipping Goddess Laxmi during Shravan month is highly auspicious because the whole month is dedicated to the divine couple, Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi. Friday is the most auspicious day for Laxmi Devi. Hence, worshipping Lakshmi Devi on Shravan Shukravar is highly meritorious.
Ashtalakshmi showers their blessings on Vara Laxmi Vratha performers:
As the eight forces of the world, known as Ashta Lakshmi – primeval force (Aadi Laxmi), wealth (Dhana Lakshmi), courage (Dhairya Laxmi or Veera Lakshmi), wisdom (Vidhya Laksmi), Children or family development (Santana Laxmi), success (Viajaya Lakshmi), food (Dhanya Laxmi) and strength (Gaja Lakshmi) are dedicated to Goddess Laksmi. Puranas described that observing Vara Laksmi Vratham would bless a woman with all eight energies for life.
Here is the Varalakshmi Vratham Procedure in detail version including Sankalpam, Mantrams, Thora Puja, Thorabandhana Puja Mantram, Vayana daana Mantram, and the list of items required for the puja.