Varalakshmi Pooja Viratham 2023 – Sumangali Pooja – Mantras and Viratham Procedures:
The Varalakshmi Viratham is an auspicious pooja performed by married women by inviting the goddess Lakshmi and seeking her blessings. The term ‘Vara’ means ‘boon’ and ‘Lakshmi means the ‘goddess of wealth’. Hence it is the pooja done on goddess Lakshmi to fulfill all our needs, wants, wishes, and desires of life.
This pooja includes all 8 incarnations of Lakshmi called Ashtalakshmi and provides all their blessings as a whole. They are as follows
- ADHI LAKSHMI/ MAHA LAKSHMI– The great predominant goddess.
- DANYA LAKSHMI– The goddess of granary wealth.
- VEERA LAKSHMI/ DHAIRIYA LAKSHMI– The goddess of courage and valor.
- GAJA LAKSHMI– The goddess of fertility, rain, and food (elephant goddess).
- SANTANA LAKSHMI– The goddess of progeny and continuity.
- VIDHYA LAKSHMI– The goddess of knowledge and wisdom.
- VIJAYA LAKSHMI/ JAYA LAKSHMI– The goddess of victory.
- DHANA LAKSHMI/ AISHWARYA LAKSHMI– The goddess of prosperity and wealth.
When is Varalakshmi Pooja Viratham celebrated?
This year Varalakshmi viratham lies on the date 5th of August (5-08-2022). In general, the Varalakshmi viratham is celebrated during Sravana month (during July and August) of the full moon phase (Valar pirai) Friday(Tamil month Aadi).
The story behind Varalakshmi PoojaViratham:
A woman named Charumathi lived in the place called Kundinyapura is an ardent devotee of the goddess Lakshmi. Impressed by the deep and loyal devotion of Charumathi, goddess Lakshmi appeared in her dream and asked her to perform a Varalakshmi pooja for her and fulfill her wishes and desires. Charumathi explained about the dream and performed the pooja in a traditional way with the support of her family and other married women in the village also joined the pooja seeking the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi by chanting this mantra.
“Padmasane Padmakare sarva lokaika poojithe
Narayanapriya Devi supreetha bhava sarvada”
This belief and tradition are followed to date for the welfare of husband, children, and family and also to gain material wealth, fortune, long life, and success.
Benefits of Varalakshmi Pooja:
- Provides an abundance of wealth, assets, fame, fortune, and prosperity in one’s life.
- Helps to protect from evil forces and provides longevity to the family.
- Promotes inner peace and fulfills all the material desires of the person.
- Reduces all the financial problems and enhances the profit in business.
- Enhance good health and enormous blessings to the devotees.
Simple process for Varalakshmi Pooja:
Some people may not have the habit or practice of performing Varalakshmi pooja but they may perform this pooja with a certain simple process.
- Light the lamp and chant Mahalakshmi Ashtothram
- Offer Naivedyam and flowers to the goddess
- Distribute the thambulam and prasadam by inviting a few married women during the pooja.
Things required for Varalakshmi pooja:
Some of the important things required for performing Varalakshmi pooja.
- Kalasam, water(scented with fragrant ingredients).
- Raw rice, coconut (for creating kalasam).
- Wooden base, plate, or Peeta for placing the kalasam or goddess idol.
- Turmeric, chandan, sindhoor, kumkum.
- Flowers, garlands, lotus flowers.
- Seasonal fruits, dry fruits, nut, milk, panchamirtham, and naivedyam
- Sacred yellow thread (mandatory).
- The face of the goddess, jewels, dress, and clothes (available ready-made in shops).
- Banana leaves(for naivedyam and offerings), betel leaves(for thambulam), and mango leaves(for thoranam).
Decoration of kalasam:
The Kalasam is the main focal point of the Varalakshmi Viratham pooja, where this setup is believed to be the goddess Varalakshmi to whom the Viratham is undertaken.
- Clean the place where the pooja is to be held and make it tidy.
- Draw rangoli and place the base over which the Kalasam should be prepared
- Spread a banana leaf and add some raw rice on which the Kalasam should be kept
- Fill the Kalasam with scented holy water and place a coconut over it
- Now fix the face of god on the coconut and decorate it with new clothes and jewels
- Decorate it with flowers, garland, turmeric, vermillion, sacred thread(mangal sutra), and other pooja items required for the process.
- Offer all the neivedhyam and other prepared dishes along with thambulam and some money(coins)
- Light the lamp and start doing pooja by following the steps explained below.
Before starting the pooja for Goddess Varalakshmi, Lord Ganesha should be worshipped first and the devotees who perform the pooja should undergo Viratham in the proper way or as per their tradition or culture followed for generations.
Steps for Performing Varalakshmi Viratham Pooja:
According to the Vedic traditional process of Varalakshmi viratham Pooja, it consists of 16 to 32 steps to be performed. The rules and regulations are followed in order to obtain the whole blessings and benefits of the goddess Varalakshmi.
- The 32 steps of pooja are known as Dvatrinsha upachara pooja or Battishopachar pooja.
- The 16 steps of pooja are known as Shodashopachara pooja
32 Steps of Varalakshmi Viratham Pooja:
1.Dhyana Mantra: The Varalakshmi Viratham should be started with the process of meditation, which must be done in front of Goddess Varalakshmi statue or image.
Kshirasagara Sambhutam Kshiravarnasamaprabham।
Kshiravarnasamam Vastram Dadhanam Harivallabham॥
2.Avahana Mantra: The next step is chanting the following mantra with avahana mudra, which means joining both palms and thumb fingers inward.
Brahmi Hamsasamarudha Dharinyakshakamandalu।
Vishnute joadhika Devi Sa Mam Patu Varaprada॥
3.Asana Mantra: This is the process of offering flowers to the goddess along with this mantra.
Maheshwari Mahadevi Asanam Te Dadamyaham।
Mahaishvarya samayuktam Brahmani Brahmanah Priye॥
4.Padya mantra: This mantra is to be chanted while washing the feet of goddess Varalakshmi with water.
Kumarashaktisampanne Kaumari Shikhivahane।
Padyam Dadamyaham Devi Varade Varalakshane॥
5.Arghya mantra: It is the process of doing water Abhishekam from the head of the goddess Varalakshmi.
Arghyam Grihana Bho Lakshmi Devanamupakarini॥
6.Achamana mantra: This is a traditional purifying ritual process of the god idol with water.
Vaishnavi Vishnusamyukte Asankhyayudhadharini।
Achamyatam devapujye Varadeasuramardini॥
7.Panchamrita snana mantra: It is known as the process of Panchamritha( a mixture of 5 ingredients such as milk, honey, ghee, yogurt, sugar) bath offered to the goddess Varalakshmi brass statue.
Padme Panchamritaih Shuddhaih Snapayishye Haripriye।
Verde Shakti-Sambhute Varadevi Varapriye॥
8.Snana mantra: This is the bathing process made for the idol of the goddess.
Gangajalam Samanitam Sugandhidravyasamyutam।
Snanartham Te Maya Dattam Grihana Parameshvari॥
9.Vastra mantra: Here new clothes are offered to the statue of goddess Varalakshmi along with the following mantra.
Rajatadrisamam Divyam Kshirasagarasannibham।
Chandraprabhasamam Devi Vastram Te Pradadamyaham॥
10.Kanthasutra mantra: The term refers to the offering of the necklace to adorn the idol of Varalakashmi.
Dattam Managalasutram Te Grihana Suravallabhe॥
11.Abharana mantra: This step consists of the process of adorning the statue of Varalakshmi with various kinds of jewels.
Suvarnabhushitam Divyam Nanaratnasushobhitam।
Trailokyabhushite Devi Grihanabharanam Shubham॥
12.Gandha samarpan mantra: Chandan (sandal) is offered while chanting this mantra.
Dasyami Devi Varade Lakshmirdevi Prasida Me॥
13.Saubhagya dravya mantra: It is the process of offering turmeric(manjal), kumkum, sindoor, and kajal to the goddess Varalakshmi.
Haridram Kumkumam Chaiva Sindooram Kajjalanvitam।
Saubhagya Dravya Samyuktam Grihana Parameshwari॥
14.Pushpa samarpan mantra: Various kinds of flowers are offered to the statue of Varalakshmi in this process.
Nanavidhani Pushpani Nana Varnayutani Cha।
Pushpani Te Prayachchami Bhaktya Devi Varaprade॥
15.Anga pooja mantra: This is the next step of worshipping all the body parts of goddess Varalaskhmi by chanting the following mantra.
Om Varalakshmyai Namah Padau Pujayami।
Om Kamalavasinyai Namah Gulphau Pujayami।
Om Padmalayayai Namah Janghe Pujayami।
Om Shriyai Namah Januni Pujayami।
Om Indirayai Namah Uru Pujayami।
Om Haripriyai Namah Nabhim Pujayami।
Om Lokadhatryai Namah Stanau Pujayami।
Om Vidhatryai Namah Kantham Pujayami।
Om Dhatryai Namah Nasam Pujayami।
Om Saraswatyai Namah Mukham Pujayami।
Om Padmanidhaye Namah Netre Pujayami।
Om Mangalyayai Namah Karnau Pujayami।
Om Kshirasagarajayai Namah Lalatam Pujayami।
Om Shrimahalakshmyai Namah Shirah Pujayami।
Om Shrimahakalyai Namah Sarvangam Pujayami॥
16.Dhoop mantra: Chant this mantra while offering dhoop(fragrant sticks, agarbatti, etc,)
Dhupam Dasyami Te Devi Goghritena Samanvitam।
Pratigrihn Mahadevi Bhaktanam Varadapriye॥
17.Deep mantra: Lit the deep (Diya lamp) by chanting this mantra.
Sajyam Cha Varti Samyuktam Vahnina Yojitam Maya।
Deepam Grihana Deveshi Trailokya Timirapham॥
18.Naivedya mantra: This is the process of offering various kinds of naivedyam(food) prepared specially for the goddess Varalakshmi.
Naivedyam Paramam Divyam Drishti pritikaram Shubham।
Bhakshya Bhojya Di Samyuktam Parma Nnadi Samyutam॥
19.Tambula mantra: Chant this mantra while offering thambulam (paan with betel nuts) to the god idol.
Varalakshmirgrihana Tvam Tambulam Pratigrihyatam॥
20.Dakshina mantra: Here divine gifts are offered to the goddess Varalakshmi statue along with the chanting of this mantra.
Suvarnam Sarvadhatunam Shreshtham Devi Cha Tatsada।
Bhaktya Dadami Varade Svarnavrishtim Cha Dehi Me॥
21.Niranjana mantra: The process of taking aarthi is known as Niranjana and it is done along with the following mantra.
Nirajanam Sumangalyam Karpurena Samanvitam।
Chandrarkavahnisadrisham Grihna Devi Namoastu Te॥
22.Dorakagrahana mantra: The word Dorak means the sacred yellow thread, and in this process, the dorak is offered to the goddess with this mantra chant.
Sarva mangala mangalye Sarva papa pranashini।
Dorakam Pratigrihnami Suprita Harivallabhe॥
23.Dorakabandhana mantra: In this process, the devotees should tie the sacred yellow thread in their hands by chanting the following mantra.
Karishyami Vratam Devi Tvadbhaktastvatparayanah।
Shriyan Dehi Yasho Dehi Saubhagyam Dehi Me Shubhe॥
24.Punararghya mantra: The process of water abhishekam is done by chanting the following mantra.
Kshirarnavasute Lakshmishchandrasya Cha Sahodari।
Grihanarghyam Mahalakshmirdevi Tubhyam Namoastu Te॥
25.Bilvapatra mantra: The term Bilva means Bilva tree and Patra means leaf. Hence it is the process of chanting mantras along with the offerings of Bilva leaves to the goddess.
Shrivrikshasya Dalam Devi Mahadevapriyam Sada।
Bilvapatram Prayachchami Pavitram Te Sunirmalam॥
26.Pradakshina mantra: It is a divine ritual of circulating around the goddess idol by foot with flowers in a clockwise direction.
Iha Janmani Yatpapam Mam Janmantareshu Cha।
Nivaraya Mahadevi Lakshmirnarayanapriye॥
27.Namaskara mantra: This is the process of showing respect by paying homage to the brass statue of goddess Varalakshmi Devi during Varalakshmi Viratham.
Kamodari Namasteastu Namastrailokyanayike।
Harikante Namasteastu Trahi Mam Duhkhasagarat॥
28.Vrata samarpan mantra: The undertaken Vratham can be ended by surrendering to the goddess by chanting the following mantra.
Kshirarnavasamudbhute Kamale Kamalalaye।
Prayachcha Sarvakamanshcha Vishnu Vakshahsthalalaye॥
29.Kshamapana mantra: This is the process of seeking forgiveness from the goddess Varalakshmi for the known and unknown mistakes done during the process of pooja along with this mantra.
Chatram Chamaramandolam Dattva Vyajanadarpane।
Kshamapaye Supacharaih Samabhyarchya Maheshwari॥
30.Prarthana mantra: The next step is praying or worshipping the goddess Varalakshmi by chanting the flowing mantra.
Yanmaya Cha Kritam Devi Paripurnam Kurushva Tat॥
31.Vayana mantra: This mantra is chanted by offering different kinds of sweets to the goddess.
Vayanam Te Prayachchami Indira Priyatamiti॥
Indira Pratigrihnati Indira Vai Dadati Cha।
Indira Tarakobhabhyamindirayai Namonamah॥
32.Puja samarpan mantra: It is the final process of the pooja, so end the steps of pooja by chanting this mantra.
Pancha Vayanakanevam Dadyaddakshinaya Yutan।
Vipraya Chatha Yataye Devyai Tu Brahmacharine।
Suvasinyai Tatastvekam Dapayechcha Yathavidhi॥
The next day of varalakshmi Viratham (Saturday morning) after completing the pooja you can dismantle the Kalasam and the holy water can be consumed as theertham or sprinkled all over the house, the prasadam can be distributed to everyone, the rice, coconut, milk can be used for cooking, the coins can be treasured.
LET GODDESS VARALAKSHMI BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY WITH ABUNDANCE ON THIS AUSPICIOUS DAY!!!
“HAPPY VARALAKSHMI VIRATHAM”