Shri Vratam, or Lakshmi Vratam or Lakshmi Panchami vratam, also known as Chaitra Lakshmi Puja, is observed on Chaitra Shukla Panchami, the fifth day in Chaitra month as per Telugu, Marathi, Gujarati and Kannada calendars. In 2018, Shri Vratam date is March 22.
‘Shri means Goddess Lakshmi Devi or the Goddess of wealth who is worshipped on Lakshmi Panchami puja day.
Shri Vratam is puja observed mainly in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and some parts of Maharashtra. This is the first Lakshmi puja in a Hindu year. The major Lakshmi pooja is performed during Diwali. In Some places, Kojagari Lakshmi Puja (Sharad Purnima Lakshmi Pooja), Falguna Purnima Lakshmi Puja, Margashira Guruvar Lakshmi Puja are also observed.