Varamahalakshmi is another name of Goddess Shree Lakshmi… Here, ‘Vara’ means blessings/boon and Mahalakshmi is Goddess Lakshmi… This day is dedicated to perform pooja/religious ritual to Goddess Lakshmi, who is best regarded as the mother of wealth and prosperity. It is celebrated widely across Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Telangaana and Seemandhra regions… It is called by other names like varamahalakshmi habba in kannada, varalakshmi nombu or vratha in other languages..
ನಮಸ್ತೇಸ್ತು ಮಹಾಮಾಯೆ ಶ್ರೇಪೀಠೆ ಸುರಪೂಜಿತೆ
ಶಂಖ ಚಕ್ರ ಗದಾಹಸ್ತೆ ಮಹಾಲಕ್ಷ್ಮಿ ನಮೋಸ್ತುತೆ ||
Goddess lakshmi is also worshipped in 8 different forms/ashta lakshmi..viz.,
Aadi lakshmi, Vidya lakshmi, Gaja lakshmi, Dhairya/Veera lakshmi, Santhaana lakshmi, Vijaya lakshmi, Dhaanya lakshmi, Dhana lakshmi.
Varamahalakshmi is celebrated every year on the 2nd Friday of Shraavana maasa(ಶ್ರಾವಣ ಮಾಸದ ಎರಡನೇ ಶುಕ್ರವಾರ).. The pooja procedures are dependent on family customs::- some people perform pooja to the kalasha, some to the goddess photo.. It is purely the custom at home and one’s wishes as well..
Checklist for the pooja is mentioned here Puja materials……
Pooja procedure followed is as follows :-
Early morning mangala snana-ಮಂಗಳ ಸ್ನಾನ/head bath is taken and by all ladies and children at home.A suitable place is selected and an ashta-dala padma rangavalli or rangoli(ಅಷ್ಟದಳ ಪದ್ಮ ರಂಗೋಲಿ) is drawn…On both the sides Baale kamba/banana stem is tied and a thorana with mango leaves is also tied… The kalasha bindige consists of dry fruits, 1 fistful of rice, arishina kombu/turmeric root… Above this place 4 betel leaves and a coconut(cleaned and turmeric smeared).. Outside the pot/bindige a single line is drawn with sunna/lime or gandha/sandal paste…. One can decorate this kalasha with Jewellery/chains/ornaments/mukhawaada or goddess face masks available in markets.. mukhawaada or face masks are purely optional based on one’s liking or customs followed. Since the rituals performed at my mother’s home and my mother-in-law’s home are both same exactly, I have put in those procedures here…
One can also keep a bindige below( which is broader than the earlier one) and put 5 measures of rice, fruits etc… Now decorate the goddess with a new saree..
First pooja is done to Lord Ganesha and later Goddess lakshmi pooja with different types of flowers like shavantige(white or yellow), Lotus, patregalu(leaves like maruga, davana, tulasi etc), later shodashopachaara pooja and kumkumarchane(along with multiple names of Goddess Lakshmi)… Lastly neivedya, aarathi with the help of other ladies and children.. Important part of the ritual is the yellow(turmeric) smeared thread with 16 knots in between a flower is tied.. This is called ‘Dhora granthi’ pooja.. This is usually tied by married women to another lady or by husband, if one is performing pooja individually…
During shodashopachaara pooja a 16-lined gejjevastra or 16 yele gejje vastra is adorned to the goddess along with normal bidi gejjevastras.. some people use 9-lined gejjevastra as per their family custom… Nowadays lot of alankara gejjevastra is also used while pooja……One can sing aarathi songs or recite shlokas towards the end of the pooja..
It is said that this vratha must be done with more madi/all the neivedya to be prepared after taking bath and with purity/cleanliness..Also usually the tenginakaayi/coconut placed for pooja is kept till the Gokulashtami and a sweet is prepared using the same on that day or used for any delicacies..
Any 2 types of palya/stir fry like beans, carrot,cabbage etc, any 2 types of kosambari/salad, payasa/kheer, rice, rasam/dal, sambar/huli, single deep-fried item like ambode/bajji, chitranna/puliyogare/bisibelebath or any rice dish without onion/garlic, a sweet like holige/vobbattu.. along with chiguli, tambittu.
PS: Will upload all the pics taken during festival at my home soon… if you have pics/snaps taken at your place related to pooja and willing to share it, send across in the comment section so that I will upload the same here as readers’ posts..