Friday, October 5, 2012

MahaLakshmi date, MahaLakshmi katha, Maha Lakshmi pooja process ritual, Vaibhav Lakhsmi women fast ladies female, Festival, Mahalakshmi 2013, When is Mahalakshmi Date

MahaLakshmi 2013 date, MahaLakshmi katha, Maha Lakshmi pooja process ritual, Vaibhav Lakhsmi women fast ladies female, Festival, Mahalakshmi 2013, When is Mahalakshmi Date

This fast starts from the day of Radha Ashtami and carried on for 16 days. In this fast, Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped.  Mahalakshmi Vrata or Varalaksmi Vratha is a sacred day in Hinduism. The ceremony is performed by men or women (typically married Hindu ladies) on the Friday before the full moon in the month of Sravana in the Hindu calendar (corresponding to July/August in the western calendar). Those who cannot perform it on that day, can do it on any other Friday in that month. This is an important Vratha, meaning a vowed religious observance in Sanskrit. Varamahalakshmi Vratha is performed more commonly in the southern Indian States of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and also in parts of Maharashtra and Orissa.

Puja is performed by men or married women to seek the blessings of the goddess Mahalakshmi, wife of Lord Vishnu, who is considered to be the abode of wealth and prosperity

Sri Mahalaxmi Fast Worship

First of all, a person should wake up early and begin the fast. The following mantra should be chanted while beginning the fast.

Karishyaha Mahalaxmi Vratame Tvatparayana  !
Tadvighnen Men Yatu Samapti Swatprasadat !!

A thread should be worn in the wrist. It should consist of sixteen knots. A lot of things are needed for worship including sandalwood, plate, leaves, garland of flowers, rice, durva, red thread, supari, coconut etc. A red thread should be cut in sixteen different threads. Once the fast is over, a manda is built with cloth. Goddess Laxmi’s idol is placed in this mandap. This idol is cleaned with panchamrit. After this, the idol is worshipped in sixteen different ways. Food is offered to Brahmanas with donations.

Food should be offered to sixteen brahmanas. This fast ends once you have done all this. A person keeping this fast acquires a lot of wealth. Udyapan for this fast is done on the sixteenth day. If a person can't keep this fast for sixteen days, he can do it for three days. These three days should be the first, eighth and sixteenth day of the period. If this fast is kept for sixteen consecutive years, a person receives auspicious results. You should not consume food during this fast. Only fruits, milk and sweets should be consumed.
On the day of Varalakshmi vratam, women clean their homes and decorate their front yards with rangolis (colorful designs traced on the floor). Later, they take a bath and deck themselves with beautiful clothes and jewellery. They then begin the process of performing the vrata by first arranging the kalasha or sacred pot. They fill the pot with rice and water which symbolize prosperity and cover it with mango and betel leaves. They then place a coconut smeared with turmeric and vermilion on the kalasha and also decorate the coconut with a new cloth. Some people decorate the kalasha with many kinds of jewels to make it look more beautiful. They place this kalasha on a plate filled with rice. The main puja begins by worshiping Lord Ganesha, who is believed to drive away all obstacles and evil forces. Later, goddess Mahalakshmi is invoked into the kalasha. They then worship a couple of torams (a bunch of nine threads with nine knots) and tie one to the kalasha while the other one is tied around the right hand wrist of the lady performing the pooja. Later, they chant the Lakshmi Ashtottara Shatanamam (a list of hundred names in praise of the deity). They then offer the goddess nine varieties of delicacies including both sweets and savories. In conclusion of the vratam, they sing hymns in praise of goddess Varalakshmi and also invite another married woman assuming her to be goddess Varalakshmi and offer her sweets. That evening, they invite all the neighboring ladies to their homes and offer them tamboolam, an offering consisting of betel leaves, fruits, betel nuts, vermilion, turmeric and dakshina (money). They also collectively sing songs in praise of goddess Varalakshmi.

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