Friday, August 8, 2008

Varalakshmi Pooja

In the Hindu pantheon of Gods and Goddesses, Lakshmi occupies a key position as a giver of wealth and happiness to human beings. One of the most important pooja performed during this month for Goddess Lakshmi is called as Varalakshmi Pooja. Varalakshmi is considered to represent all Lakshmi's and hence offering prayers to her could be very beneficial to you. Generally this day falls on the Friday of the Shukla paksha(Waxing Moon) of Shravana month each year. However this year, Varalakshmi Pooja will be performed on 15th August 2008.
It is believed that the by performing this pooja you are blessed with true wealth which not only includes money but all aspects which enrich human life. Varalakshmi blesses you with monetary benefits(Dhanam), food and grains(Dhanyam), good health(Arokya), wealth and property(Sampath), virtuous offsprings (Santhanam) and long life for your husband (Deerka Sumangali Bakkyam).
It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi emerged from the ocean of milk during this day. As the name Varalakshmi goes by, it is interpreted in two different ways. The first interpretation is that Vara means boon and Varalakshmi means Goddess Lakshmi who grants the boons. The second interpretation is that Goddess Lakshmi is welcomed and received inside the houses with great honor to bless and grant boons.
Legend behind Varalakshmi Pooja:
It is said that Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati played a game of dice. Lord Shiva kept claiming to have won. But Parvati knew otherwise. There arose a dispute between the two with regard to the winner. But she called a Gana, Chitramani to mediate and settle the matter.
Chitramani confirmed that Lord Shiva won the game. Goddess Parvati got angry with the verdict and she accused Chitramani of lying. Lord Shiva knew that Chitramani did not lie but had told the truth. Goddess Parvati was not convinced and she cursed Chitramani, to suffer from leprosy and be born on the earthplane as a lepor.
When Lord Siva convinced Goddess Parvati, she granted him the boon that if Gana, Chitramani was able to participate or perform the Varalakshmi Pooja, he would be cured from leprosy and would be relieved of the curse. Wandering a lot finally Chitramani was able to participate in the Varalakshmi pooja performed by a group of celestial angels. Thus he was cured of his leprosy. Since then the Varalakshmi Pooja has been performed every year.

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