Varalakshmi Nombu in Chennai Ashtalakshmi Temple is a jubilant celebration. In 2018, it is being performed on August 24, the Friday prior to Rakshabandhan (Rakhi Pournami) festival. It falls on the final day of Aadi Masam this year as per Tamil calendar.
It is performed to the decorated idol of Goddess Varalakshmi, the giver of boons, for health and prosperity. Women woke up early in the morning in the Brahmi Muhurtham to perform the puja. Crossing its homebound character, the festival acquired an occasion to celebrate with shops and business establishments also decked up.
Chennai Sri Ashtalakshmi Temple is the 500-years old Temple dedicated to Goddess Mahalakshmi.
This is a temple built recently following the design of the Perumal Temple in Tirukoshtiyur in Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu in steps.