|All Varalakshmi Vratham Pooja orders will be accepted till 05.00 PM (IST) on 15-Aug-2013.
The Hindu festival going by the name 'Vara Lakshmi Vratha' is celebrated on the Friday before the full moon in the
Tamil Month 'Aadi/Avani' which corresponds to the English months of July-August. It is a festival to propitiate the
goddess Lakshmi, the consort of Vishnu, one of the Hindu Trinity. Varalakshmi is one who grants boons (Varam).
In Chennai, one of the most popular temples is the Ashtalakshmi Temple in Beasant
Nagar. Located on the
seashore, the winding steps takes one to the different shrines of Lakshmi one
after the other. It is said that
Lakshmi will enter the house of anyone who thinks of her and bless them. There
are many festivals in the year
dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi. Among them, Varalakshmi Vratham is considered very
auspicious because it is
marked by strict observance of certain practices and austerities. It is also
called Varalakshmi Nonbu.
The name Vishnu really means pervading everywhere, and Lakshmi, his consort, is symbolical of the forces found
everywhere. Eight forces or energies are recognised and they are known as Sri (Wealth), Bhu (Earth), Sarasvati
(Learning), Priti (Love), Kirti (Fame), Santi (Peace), Tushti (Pleasure) and Pushti (Strength). Each one of these
forces is called a Lakshmi and all the eight forces are called the Ashta Lakshmis or the eight Lakshmis of the
Hindus. As health, wealth and prosperity depend upon the rythmic play of these forces, the worship of Lakshmi is
said to be to obtain these three. Hence this festival is observed, invoking the blessings of Lakshmi.