Shri Mahalakshmi (Varalakshmi) Vrat starts from the day of Shukla Ashtami of Bhadrapada. It lasts for sixteen days and in this fast, Goddess Lakshmi is worshiped according to the law. According to the scriptures, this fast has a special significance. According to religious beliefs, keeping Mahalakshmi Vrat fulfills all wishes by the grace of Maa Lakshmi. Mahalakshmi Vrat removes all the problems of life.
Food is not taken during this fast. Mahalakshmi Vrat is celebrated on the 16th day. This fast is considered very auspicious. It is said that worshiping law and order brings happiness, prosperity, and wealth. It is believed that family peace always remains in the house where women observe this fast.
Mahalaxmi fasting date and auspicious time-
- Mahalaxmi Vrat starts on Monday, September 13, 2021
- Mahalaxmi Vrat Purna on Tuesday, September 28, 2021
- Ashtami Tithi starts – September 13, 2021 at 03:10 PM
- Ashtami Tithi ends – September 14, 2021 at 01:09 PM
Choghadiya Muhurta of Mahalaxmi Vrat-
- Choghadiya Muhurta of the day – 6:05 am
- Night Choghadiya Muhurat – 6:29 PM
- Amrit Kaal – 06:05 AM to 07:38 AM
Varalakshmi Puja Material
In Varalakshmi Puja, married women keep a strict fast and they are worshiped differently. Worship material includes the idol of Mother Varalakshmi, kumkum, turmeric, sandalwood, garland flowers, betel leaves, Akshat along with all the ingredients of makeup.
Varalakshmi Puja Method
The festival of Varalakshmi is a major festival celebrated mainly in parts of South India. In Varalakshmi fast, the house is cleaned early in the morning. The place of worship is decorated and all the places are purified with Gangajal and the vow of fast is taken. After this, the idol or idol of Mother Varalakshmi is dressed in new clothes and she is adorned. After this, the idol of Lord Ganesha is placed near the idol of Goddess Lakshmi. After this Varalakshmi is welcomed with Kalash and Akshat. After this, all the things of worship material are offered to Varalakshmi. After this, Varalakshmi Vrat Katha is recited after pleasing the mother with aarti. After this, Prasad is distributed by offering bhog to the mother.
Varalakshmi Vrat Mantra
Padyasne Padyakare Sarva Loka Pujate.
May Narayanpriya Devi Supreeta Bhava always.
Varalakshmi is the incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi from Ksheer Sagar. The color of Varalakshmi is like that of a milky ocean. Maa Varalakshmi is adorned with 16 makeups. This form and name of Mata Lakshmi are believed to fulfill all the wishes of the devotees. For this reason, she is called Varalakshmi. Happiness and prosperity reside in the family of the devotee who worships Goddess Lakshmi and worships Goddess Lakshmi with devotion and fasting.
Know Mahalaxmi fasting story-
A poor Brahmin lived in a village. He used to worship Lord Vishnu every day with rituals. One day Lord Vishnu, pleased with his devotion, appeared to him and asked the Brahmin to ask for a boon. Then the Brahmin expressed his desire to be the abode of Mother Lakshmi in his house. Then Lord Vishnu told the Brahmin the way to attain Lakshmi. Lord Vishnu said that a woman comes in front of the temple and she comes here and pats it. You invite her to come to your home, she is Maa Lakshmi.
Lord Vishnu said to the Brahmin, when Mother Lakshmi herself will come to your house, then the house will be filled with money and grains. Saying this Lord Vishnu disappeared. The next day the brahmin sat near the temple early in the morning. When Laxmi Maa came to eat the food, the Brahmin requested her to come home. After listening to the Brahmin, Mata Lakshmi understood that this happened only at the behest of Vishnu.
Lakshmi Ji told the brahmin that I will go with you but you have to observe Mahalakshmi fast first. By fasting for 16 days and offering Arghya to the moon on the 16th day, your wish will be fulfilled. The brahmin performed Vrat as told by Maa Lakshmi and called Maa Lakshmi facing north. After this Maa Lakshmi fulfilled her promise. It is believed that since then the tradition of Mahalakshmi Vrat started.