Shri Vara Mahalakshmi Vrata – August 20th 2010

Shri Vara Mahalakshmi Vrata is performed by married Hindu women to seek the blessings of the Goddess Mahalakshmi, wife of Lord Vishnu.

P.S: This year the vratha is on Ekadashi. So, no food items are offered as Naivedya to Goddess. All the offerings are done on Saturday. Just the pooje on Friday.

Shri Lakshmi Pooje

Shri Lakshmi Pooje

The Vrata is observed on the Friday immediately preceding the full moon day of the month of
Sravana Masa. On the day of Pooje or Vrata, women clean their homes and decorate their front yards with rangolis. Later, they take a bath and deck wear pure silk saree and jewellery. The lady performing the pooje makes a mandala with the drawing of a lotus upon it. A kalasha filled with rice and topped with fresh mango and betel leaves, a coconut smeared with haldi and kumkum and cloth are placed on the mandala and Lakshmi is invoked therein.

After the worship of the kalasha, follows the worship of Ganesha, then the worship of the sacred thread. Now the main worship of Vara Lakshmi begins and the scared thread is worshipped a second time. It is then tied to the right hand of the lady. After the worship thamboola is given to 5 married ladies.

The same evening, we invite all the neighboring ladies(married women) and offer them tamboola; also called veeledele Adike, which is an offering of betel leaves, fruits, betel nuts, kumkum, haldi and dakshine. At this point the ladies also sing songs in praise of goddess Varalakshmi.

Attached below is a scanned vrata procedure in Kannada:

So, here comes the link which has the lyrics for all songs posted on this blog on Goddess Lakshmi.

And here comes the link which has colorful and many designs for drawing Rangoli

And can any festival be complete without authentic dishes? Here are some recipes posted in this blog:

P.S: As always no food is prepared with onion or garlic. Also, we don’t have this Vrata in my in-laws side. But, we are allowed to go to houses where this Vrata is being performed. So, invite me if you are doing the Pooje. Just kidding. 🙂

Pictures taken during Shri Vara Mahalakshmi Vrata at my Brother-in-Law’s Sister Chandrika’s house two years back. Click on the images to see larger pictures.

Shri Vara MahaLakshmi Vrata 1

Shri Vara MahaLakshmi Vrata 1

Shri Vara MahaLakshmi Vrata 2

Shri Vara MahaLakshmi Vrata 2

Shravana Gauri 1

Shravana Gauri 1

Shravana Gauri 2

Shravana Gauri 2


27 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Sapna on August 6, 2008 at 10:46 pm


    Thanks for all your blog posts…DO you know any books that explains the procedure of doing pooja’s..for example naga panchami,krishnaashtami etc.



  2. Posted by meeraghu on August 7, 2008 at 9:35 am

    It is usually the vrataratna mala book which we have that explains the pooje vidhana. And this should be available in most Shri Raghavendra Swamy temples in Bangalore.


  3. Posted by Aruna on August 7, 2008 at 10:17 pm


    I would love to have you join me for Varamahalakshmi puje. The invitation is sincere. It would be a blessing from Lakshmidevi to have like-minded people getting together to do the puje. Sorry, I could not send the gandana puje info in time. I apologize.


  4. Posted by meeraghu on August 8, 2008 at 7:01 am

    Thank you so much, Aruna. If you are near Silver Spring, MD I sure will stop by for the pooje. Do send me the info for gandana pooje, it can be used next year as well.


  5. Thank you for the very informative post.


  6. The pooja picture looks very divine.. I am looking forward tod o this pooja tomorrow..


  7. Posted by meeraghu on August 14, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    Thanks, Paru. I am glad you are doing the pooje.


  8. Posted by Archana on July 30, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Hello Meeraji,

    It is very good to see your post,
    will is be possible for you to scan the katha and Puja Vidhana and post it, It will be very helpful.



  9. Posted by meeraghu on July 30, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Hi All,
    Just wanted to let you all know I am not in town. Working in San Francisco and will return tonight and reach early morning tomorrow just in time for the Pooje. So, I don’t have access to any books here at the Hotel.

    Please pardon me this time, will reply to all your queries and comments sometime during the weekend. Hopefully.

    Sorry for the inconvenience.


  10. Posted by Mrudula Rao on July 11, 2010 at 1:44 am

    Hi Meera,

    Found ur blog to be very informative and really great work.. Keep it up!

    Please post the rangolis to be kept for different vrathas.

    Thanks in advance,
    Mrudula Rao..


  11. Posted by Nagashri Rao on July 12, 2010 at 3:40 am

    Hi Meera,

    Your blog is simply superb! Please post articles on what all things/items needs to be purchased for Karnataka brahmin wedding.Like pooja items, how to decorate and make nice items to be kept for vara pooje, dhare etc. how to make morada baagina, kashi yatre chatri, tamboola,aarathi plate etc look more beautiful.. My sis’s marriage is nearing.. Please help me!!!!!! Thanks in advance… 🙂

    Nagashri Rao 🙂


  12. Posted by Madhura Prasad on July 12, 2010 at 4:29 am

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are really an allrounder… Your blog contains almost everything.. !!!!!!!

    Recipes related, Spiritual books and hindu festivals, and on the other way round, Java Stuff as well!!!!!!!!!

    Just stumbled upon ur site in search of some recipe… Thanks for my search !!!!!!!!! Otherwise, i would have missed such an encyclopedia 🙂



  13. Posted by Raji on August 16, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Thank you so much for the details on varalakshmi vrata vey useful helped me a lot . going to perform the pooje do you have the tune for sampat sukhravara haadu it will be very useful if you send the tune



  14. Posted by meeraghu on August 17, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Yes, I do sing it every Friday, however no time this time to record and post it.


  15. Posted by Shweta on August 17, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Hi can you please tell me the process of Mangal Gowri vratha??….


  16. Posted by Nagashree on August 18, 2010 at 1:05 am

    Mangala gowri vratha procedure.

    1] Place a wooden plank[mane] horizontally and another wooden article behind it vertically.. Cover both of them with blouse piece.
    2] Fold 5 blouse pieces triangally and place 3 over the vertical plank and 2 on the horizontal plank.
    3] Keep the photo of gowri[Parvathi-Shiva] at the centre and on the either side place 16-16 betel leaves. also at the centre place a jaggery[bella].
    4] Light deepada sodalu.

    This is the set up as far as i know.. Then play a cassette and follow the instructions for the remaining procedure.

    Hope this helps!!



  17. Posted by meeraghu on August 18, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Yes, Nagashree. Remember doing something similar. Thanks for the same.


  18. Posted by siri on August 18, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    hi meera,

    In my mom’s place, she used to draw lakshmi hejje starting from tulasi katte into the front entrance and all the way to devaramane where lakshmi pooje is done…she used to do pooje with arishina, kumkum, flowers and mantrakshate on all these lakshmi hejjes and do arathi as well…she also used to decorate the lakshmi vigraha with all the jewelley, flowers etc….i try to do as much as i can here….happy varamahalakshmi habba to you and all the readers.

    Thanks for posting the details of the vratha.


    • Posted by meeraghu on August 18, 2010 at 1:03 pm

      Yes, indeed Siri. I do it for all Fridays during Shravana Masa. This year however, will miss doing the pooje since we will be traveling to North Carolina tomorrow to drop off my Daughter to college. She has to move in on Friday itself.

      Thanks so much for your comments.


  19. Posted by siri on August 18, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    I wish your daughter all the best and may god bless her with all success.
    you parents must be feeling very proud of her at the same time going to miss her right?
    But thats life and with a mom like you she will be always on right track.
    God bless you all.


    • Posted by meeraghu on August 18, 2010 at 4:34 pm

      Thanks so much for the wishes. We are going to have a tough time. She was like a friend to me. I have no clue how I will manage. But, life has to go on. Rayaru will give me the strength.

      Thanks again.


  20. Nice Info…. Thanks


  21. Posted by suchitra vasant kumar on June 20, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Plz update me about ekadasi n other routine things. And any imp events in mantralaya. I belong to raichur but after marriage i m in blore. Thanks for this usefull n worthy site.


  22. Posted by suchitra vasant kumar on June 20, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Plz notify any imp events in mantralaya.


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