Varalakshmi Vratam 2021

Varalakshmi Vratam is a festival widely popular in parts of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. It is observed in Shravana (July-August) Shukla Paksha on Friday. This year, Varalakshmi was celebrated on 20 August 2021.

As a tribute to Goddess Lakshmi, many married women fast on this day and seek blessings for their families and husbands. ‘Vara’ translates to boons, which Lakshmi bestows on her worshippers.

Varalakshmi Vratam Date in 2021

Festival Name Date States
Varalakshmi Vratam Friday, 20 August 2021 Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra

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Pooja Timings for Varalakshmi:

  • Simha Lagna Puja Muhurta (morning): 5:53 a.m. to 7:59 a.m.
  • Vrishchika Lagna Puja Muhurat (afternoon): 12:35 p.m. to 2:54 p.m.
  • Kumbha Lagna Puja Muhurat (evening): 6:40 p.m. to 08:07 p.m.
  • Vrisabha Lagna Puja Muhurat (midnight): 11:07 p.m. to 1:03 p.m.

Goddess Lakshmi is a deity of wealth, prosperity, fertility, power, and fortune in Hindu mythology. Married women pray to the Goddess for long and prosperous lives for their husbands. It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi grants long life, health and progeny to the women who observe fast.

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How Is Varalakshmi Vratam Celebrated?

Married women fast on Thursday from sunrise to sunset and make arrangements for the pooja. On Friday, devotees wake up early in the morning for a head bath just before sunrise. The house is cleaned and decorated with rangoli and Kalasha.

The Kalasha is coated with Chandan (sandalwood) paste and filled with various items that differ from region to region. Raw rice, coins, turmeric, and leaves are used to fill the pot, and then a ‘Swastika’ symbol is drawn.

Lastly, the Kalasha is decorated with Mango leaves and coconut smeared with turmeric is used to cover it. The pooja begins with worshipping Lord Ganesha, chanting slokas, performing arati, and offering sweets to the deity. Women tie yellow threads on their hands and exchange gifts.

Boiled legumes, pongal and sweets made from jaggery are distributed. Devotees complete the rituals on Saturday and dismantle mantle the Kalasha after taking a bath. Observing Varalakshmi Vratam is believed to bring peace, prosperity and financial blessings.

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