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August 22, 2015

Varalakshmi Vratham-Pooja Procedure/Puja Vidhanam

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Picture Courtesy – My friend Archana

In this post I have shared How to do Varalakshmi vratham Pooja at home with details about the decoration, things needed, requirements for pooja, slokhas,  Varalakshmi vratham neivedyam recipes and also about a simple Varamahalakshmi pooja at home. Hope beginners would find this information useful to you.
Varalakshmi Vratham/Varamahalakshmi festival is the most auspicious festival celebrated by married woman(Hindu) to commemorate Goddess Mahalakshmi."Vara" means "boon" and Goddess Lakshmi grants all boons to those who performs pooja with utmost devotion on this day.Varalakshmi Vratam is a most popular festival in South Indian states like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil nadu & North Indian states like Maharashtra & Orissa.Worshipping Goddess Lakshmi on this day is equivalent to worshipping Ashtalakshmi ( 8 Lakshmi)– Goddesses of Wealth(Shri), Earth(Bhu), Learning(Saraswati), Love(Priti), Fame(Kirti), Peace(Shanti), Pleasure(Tushti) and Strength(Pushti). This pooja is performed for the well being of family members especially for the life of Husband & to get children,Wealth etc.Every year Varalakshmi Vratham is observed in Sravana(in Telugu) month(Avani in Tamil & Sawan in Hindi).It is celebrated on Friday preceeding the full moon day(Pournami).This year Varalakshmi pooja falls on August 12,2016.Those who cannot perform it on that day, can do it on any other Friday in that month.On this day, married woman should observe fasting till they finish the puja.
In my family,both Mom & MIL don’t have the practice of doing Varalakshmi Viratham but every Friday we used to do Vilakku poojai for Goddess Mahalakshmi. But still I am making this post as per a reader's request. A reader from Chennai mailed me to share the details of Varalakshmi Vratham with pooja vidhanam/procedures and slokas as she is a beginner.So I thought of asking my friends who perform Varalakshmi Vrata every year in a grand manner.For making this post,I took the help from two of my friends Shalini & Archana. When I told them about this post,they became very happy and shared their pooja procedures along with their Varalakshmi decoration pictures.Shalini gave me a book titled “Aadi,Avani maadha Pooja Vidhanam” in which all the important festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi,Varalakshmi Vratham,Naga Chathurthi and Garuda Panchami were discussed in detail with slokhas in Tamil.Not just that,Shalini spent nearly 3-4 hours over phone ,explained each and everything about the pooja while I was drafting the post.Without the help of Shalini,this post would not have come up in my blog.I must really thank God for giving me such a helpful friend in all aspects of my lifeHappyBig Hug .If you are a beginner & looking for Varalakshmi pooja slokas in Tamil,Right click on the images & click "Save as",download & save them in your mobile or PC and chant these slokas while doing the pooja.I have also shared some audio & video links for people who look for Varalakshmi vratham pooja vidhanam & idol decoration in Telugu & Tamil .Please scroll through the end of this post to check the links.Lets see the Neivedyam recipes list, pooja items requirements list, Things needed for pooja, Pooja procedures,Varalakshmi vratham story and slokhas for Varalakshmi Vrata in step by step.
 Please visit my in-laws kolam blog "Learn Kolam" for Rangoli ideas.Lets see how to do Varamahalakshmi Pooja at home :)


Pic courtesy – My friend Shalini

Let me start with the list of Neivedyam Recipes
  1. Sweet samosa/Karjikai
  2. Idli
  3. Paruppu urundai/Pappu unta 
  4. Pooran Kozhukattai/Modak
  5. Ellu kozhukattai
  6. Easy sweet pooran kozhukattai
  7. Sweet Appam
  8. Payasam varieties
  9. Sweet pongal
  10. Rava Kesari
  11. Puran Poli
  12. Chitranna
  13. Sundal varieties
  14. No onion No garlic lunch menu
Items required for Pooja
  • Rice flour & colors – for drawing rangoli ( Please visit my in-laws kolam blog "Learn Kolam" for Rangoli ideas.)
  • Thambaalam/A big plate OR A wooden plank/Peeta
  • Few Banana leaves
  • Raw Rice – as needed ( to spread over the peeta)
  • One Kudum/Kalasha ( silver or bronze)
  • Water scented with Jathikai/Mace , Cardamom,Saffron threads,/edible camphor,Cloves(to fill the kalasha)
  • few Mango leaves ( to keep on top of kalasha)
  • One coconut for kalasha and few more for thamboolam bags
  • Turmeric powder ( for making gowri,if you have the practice)
  • Kumkum
  • Chandan( Sandal paste)
  • Akshatha ( Raw rice coated with turmeric/Manjal podi)
  • One lotus flower
  • Face of goddess ( Available ready made in Market)
  • Jewelries ( For Eyes,Nose – Available in market)
  • Dress & blouse piece for Lakshmi ( buy in market)
  • Flowers & garland ( for archanai & decoration)
  • Betel leaves,Betel nut,Banana ( Vetrilai,Paaku,Vazhai Pazham)
  • Thoram for hands/pongu nool for neck (Thoram is nothing but a sacred thread  coated with turmeric powder with 9 strings & 9 knots whereas Pongu nool is a single thread smeared with turmeric powder)
  • Milk,Dry fruits & nuts ( optional)
  • Fruits ( all seasonal fruits)
  • Panchamirtham ( a mixture of fruits,jaggery,dry fruits,nuts and ghee)(optional)
  • Neivedyam recipes ( Idli,Sweet pooran kozhukattai ( poornam borelu),ellu kozhukattai,Karjikai/fried sweet samosa,Chitranna,Payasam,appam ( based on your tradition)
  • Thamboolam set of kumkum,chandan,bangles,Betel leaves & nuts,Yellow rope,blouse pieces,coconut,banana along with 1 rupee coins) – Make them ready as per the number of ladies you invite.
  • Ready made(plastic) cups & bowls for distributing prasadam.
  • Mahalakshmi stothram book or download the images i have shared here.
About the book

The slokas I have shared here is from a book titled "Aadi avani maadha Pooja vidhanam".This book was given as a compliment for my friend's mom in Pudukottai and it was published in the year 2000.I don't think whether this book is available in the market.But I am sure you can get the book for Varalakshmi vratham with story,Mahalakshmi Ashtothram in Giri trading agency.
I have shared the title pages of book as per a reader's suggestion.Please leave a comment in the feedback section if you get any books of this kind.It would be useful for all the people landing in this page.Thanks !

Pre preparatory works

On Thursday morning,wash all the pooja vessels and kalasha pot.Wash the lamps,keep kumkum dots and put threads.Oil the lamp & keep it ready for the next day use.Make the thoran & pongu nool and arrange the other pooja things in a plate.
You can also prepare the stuffing for sweet pooran kozhukattai,soak the pulses for sundal & grind the batter for idli.

Padi Poojai/Chukkalu pette pandaga(telugu)on Thursday evening

On thursday evening around 5.30 pm,sweep the entrance of each room (Nilai padi/vaasal padi).Apply turmeric on the sides & draw 2 lines using kumkum.It is partitioned into three divisions.Put chandan & kumkum dots.This pooja is done to welcome Goddess Lakshmi & it shows the beginning of next day function.Light the lamp,perform pooja by keeping some neivdeyam like sundal ,appam etc.Read the Varalakshmi Vratham story.I have attached the story picture in Tamil.Please refer it. Some people read the stories on Friday after completing the pooja.So its your choice.
You can also keep the manai/Wooden plank/Peeta & place a banana leaf over it.Spread the raw rice and keep it ready for next day’s pooja.Remember you should not keep the kalasha now.It should be kept only on Friday.


Story in English
The story happens in a beautiful town called Kundinagaram located in the Kingdom of Vidarbha (Vidarba Rajyam). In that Kundinagram town, Goddess Adilakshmi, being pleased by her devotion tells Charumathi in a dream and directed her to perform the vrata to enable her to fulfil her desires. Charumathi wakes up and tells her husband about the dream. Charumathi along with some neighbourhood women takes bath in the wee hours and prepare a mandapam and invites Varalakshmi Devi. She recites the following sloka along with other women with utmost faith and devotion.
Lakshmi Ksheerasamudra rajatanyam sri rangadhameswareem
Dasibootha samastha devavanitham lokaika deepamkuram
Sri manmanda kataksha labdhivibhat brahmendra gangadharam
Twamtrayamlokyakutumbhineem sasijavandemukunda priyam
Then she wore nine threads Thoranam to right hand and offers naivadyam to Goddess Lakshmi Devi. On the completion of the first circumstance, she heard she found Gajjelu, Andelu and other ornaments. On the second circumstance, they found kankanams made of navaratnams to their hands. On completion of the third circumstance, they found immense wealth.
Then Charumathi offers Tambulam to the brahmin priests and distribute the vrata prasadam to the relatives and lead a happy life. Since then, Hindu women perform this vrata with utmost faith and trust till today. With this, Lord Eswara concludes telling the story to Goddess Parvathi.
Source:http://devotionalonly.com/varalakshmi-vratam-pooja-procedure-and-story/

How to make thoram & Pongu nool

Thoram and Pongu nool are nothing but the sacred thread smeared with turmeric powder.Thoram is made by taking 9 strings of thread.Put 9 knots in equal intervals.The number of thoram depends on the number of ladies & young girls at home.Thoram has to be tied around your wrist & Pongu nool is nothing but a single thread smeared with turmeric powder.You should tie it around your neck.Married ladies wear  both Pongu nool & thoram whereas young girls tie thoram alone.Keep the thoram,Pongu nool,9 betel leaves, 9 betel nuts, 9 banana, 9 dates,9 turmeric sticks,kumkum box,Karimani mala ( black beads chain) in a plate & keep it ready for pooja.You can do all these works on Thursday night itself.

How to make the kalasha/Kalasam

Fill the silver or bronze pot(kudum) with scented water till its brim.On the top of kalasha,place 5 mango leaves( keep in odd numbers) & keep a coconut smeared with turmeric.The tail portion of coconut should face upward.Kalasam should face east.Some people have the practice of keeping raw rice,1 lemon,9 betel leaves(vetrilai),9 betel nuts,9 turmeric sticks( manjal kizhangu),9 dry grapes,1 moulded jaggery ( Achu vellam),dry fruits & a karimani mala (black bead chain),coins inside the kalasha instead of scented water.So please make the kalasha according to your tradition.After making the kalasha,keep a kumkum dot and keep aside till u make other arrangements.

The next day i.e Friday,after taking bath,wash the place where the pooja is going to be held.One should observe fasting till the Pooja is finished( Elderly woman can have milk & fruits)Draw rangoli using rice flour and place the peeta/Wooden plank/Manai OR Big plate/Thambaalam.Spread a banana leaf and put some raw rice ( If you have done this on Thursday night,skip this step and proceed to the next step).
Place the kalasha over the rice.Cover the coconut using a new blouse piece( made into cone shape by referring the video link given below).
To this coconut, an image of Goddess Lakshmi is fixed or the image of Lakshmi made using turmeric powder.My friend makes the face of Lakshmi using turmeric powder as shown in the second picture. In some areas, women place a mirror behind the kalasham. Today, there are specially made Varalakshmi pots  and faces available in the market.So you can buy and fix it with the blouse piece.Now the kalasham symbolically represents Goddess Lakshmi.
Decorate the idol with dress & Jewelries and garlands.You can dress it with a tucked saree or skirt (Pavadai).Put some jewels (Preferably gold) and tie a pongu nool around the neck.It is considered to be the Mangal sutra(Thali) Keep chandan & KumKum dots.Now Goddess Lakshmi idol is ready to perform pooja.Make a cone shaped Ganesh/Pillayar using turmeric powder mixed with water and keep it near the kalasha.Light the lamps at the time of pooja and start doing it.
Please refer this video for decorating Goddess Lakshmi Idol.

How to Perform Pooja

Ganesh pooja
Any auspicious festival should be started with Lord Ganesh pooja.So read the sthothram given below and worship Lord Ganesha to do this pooja without any obstacle and after chanting the sthothram, move the Ganesh towards North direction.

शुक्लाम्बरधरं विष्णुं शशिवर्णं चतुर्भुजम् ।
प्रसन्नवदनं ध्यायेत् सर्वविघ्नोपशान्तये ॥


Shukla-Ambara-Dharam Vissnnum Shashi-Varnnam Chatur-Bhujam |
Prasanna-Vadanam Dhyaayet Sarva-Vighno[a-U]pashaantaye
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Meaning:
1: (We Meditate on Sri Vishnu) Who is Wearing White Clothes, Who is All-Pervading, Who is Bright in Appearance like the Moon and Who is Having Four Hands,
2: Who is Having a Compassionate and Gracious Face, Let us Meditate on Him To Ward of all Obstacles.
Source : (http://www.greenmesg.org/mantras_slokas/sri_vishnu-shuklambaradharam_vishnum.php)

Avahanam & Anga Pooja
After finishing Ganesha pooja,take some flowers & akshatha in hand and chant the Avahanam slokha.Visualise Goddess Lakshmi in mind and offer the flowers & akshatha to kalasha.Goddess Lakshmi is invited to our house.

Lakshmi Ksheera Samudra Raaja Tanaya
Sree Ranga Dhaameshvari
Daasi Bhootha Samasata Deva Vanithaam
Lokaika Deepankuram
Sreeman Manda Kataaksha Labdha Vibhava
Brahmendra Gangaadharam
Tvaam Trailokya Kudumbineem
Sarasijam Vande Mukunda Priyaam

Meaning: Goddess Lakshmi, who is the daughter of the king of the ocean of milk, whose abode is Srirangam (with Lord Ranganatha), who is served by all the divine ladies in heaven, who is the guiding light for the world, who has obtained the sustained (continued, everlasting) glance (Grace) from Brahma, Indra and Shiva, whose abode is the three worlds (Bhu, Bhuva, Suvaha) - I offer my prostrations to Thee, the beloved of Lord Krishna (Mukunda).
Now perform Anga Pooja( Worshipping each body parts of Lakshmi).Offer flowers to Kalasha by chanting Anga pooja sthothram.Refer the picture below for Anga pooja Sthothram in Tamil.Please refer this link for sthothra in English.
Following this, chant Lakshmi Ashtothram(108) by offering flowers to Kalasha.
Refer the below picture for Anga Pooja slokha & Lakshmi ashtothram ( Click on the image to see the bigger sized picture)




Proceed with thoram Pooja/Nonbu Saradu poojai which is known as Thorakrandhi  pooja.

Neivedyam & Mangala Aarathi
Finally, Mangala Harathi is performed for the kalasha.Different types of sweets/neivedyam are offered in front of the God.Nonbu saradu/Thoram (yellow thread) should be tied on the woman's right hand and Pongu nool should be tied around your neck.You can ask your Husband to do this.At the end, take Aarathi by mixing turmeric & kumkum in water.Sing the Harathi song while taking Aarathi.
If you have not read the Varalakshmi Vratham story on Thursday,do it now.
Offer the Thamboolam –Coconut, betel leaf and nuts, turmeric  sticks,kumkum, coconut, along with flowers,  blouse piece, mirror & comb– is offered to women in the locality and in the evening an Harathi is offered to Lakshmi with some neivedyam.
Punar Puja
On Saturday, after taking a bath,perform a  pooja for the kalasha.Then dismantle it.Sprinkle the water all around in the house. If rice is used then it is mixed with rice in the house.
You can remove the nonbu saradu/Pongu nool & thoram after 3 days.
If you want to strictly follow all the rules and methods of Varalakshmi Puja, then it would be wise to take the advice from an elderly woman who is regularly performing the puja. What I have shared here is purely based on the procedure given in the book & pooja methods shared by my friend Shalini.It may vary from place to place & tradition.Thanks for visiting this page.Please write a few words in the comment section if you find this post usefulHappy.
Source for Punar Puja :http://periva.proboards.com/thread/1742

Last but not the least please find the links which I felt them useful for beginners.

Some useful Links for Slokhas & Videos for beginners

  1. Refer THIS LINK for the detailed pooja procedure with slokhas in English
  2. This VIDEO will help you to decorate Lakshmi Idol & placing Kalasha.
  3. If you want to do the pooja by listening to slokhas chanted by a Priest,please refer this AUDIO, AUDIO & VIDEO , THIS VIDEO for Telugu Version.You can just follow the instructions and perform pooja.
  4. Listen THIS AUDIO for Tamil Version.

How to do simple Varalakshmi Pooja

Some people don’t have the practice of Varalakshmi Vratham but still they may like to perform this pooja in a simple way.For doing a simple pooja: Light the lamp,keep some neivedyam and do the pooja by chanting Mahalakshmi Ashtothram.Distribute the Thamboolam and prasadam by inviting married woman to your house in the evening.There are no hard and fast rules in performing the Varalakshmi Puja and you can be flexible on the puja items. Even a simple prayer will please Goddess LakshmiHappy.
On this auspicious day,lets pray Goddess Vara Mahalakshmi to bless us with peace,health & wealth !!


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88 comments :

  1. Wonderful post with such detailed instructions...appreciate your patience in posting this...Hats off to you chitra..

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    1. I need the above tamil book how do i get download link..?

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    2. Hello, The above book was given as a complimentary. I have shared the printers details. But its a very old book. I don't know whether this print is available now.

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  2. Really its awesome, I never seen this much detailed information without doing, ur posted for readers request its great. Ur information are very useful to beginners, thank you so much I am also going to do this pooja I was thinking how to start what procedure its really very useful. But I have one doubt, I have gayatri devi silver statue can I proceed this same method, r v have to do like wt ur doing in coconut.

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    1. Thanks a lot Sankar Saranya.Its not necessary that u should keep a kalasam.You can perforn pooja for the statue.Even i am going to perform this pooja with a Goddess photo frame along with a kuthuvilakku :)

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  3. Tats nice, thank you. Its really very clear & nice explanation.

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  4. I searched many blogs I found this blog have all info for plus thanks.
    My doubts are
    1.when to remove nombu kayiru?
    2.we don't have many neighbours so can I distribute thambulam to women in temple after doing my pooja at my home?
    3 I plan my pooja in evening when is the right time to do it?
    Plz do reply. Thanks in advance:-):-)

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    1. Hello Vidhya
      Thanks for visiting this page.I am glad u find it useful.Regarding your doubts
      1.You can nombu kayiru after 3 days of pooja
      2.You can distribute the thambulam for women in temple.It is also auspicious.
      3.Evening is the right time/best time to perform this pooja as mentioned in the book.But please take bath and start doing the pooja.So you have to bathe twice.To avoid this,many ladies do the pooja in the morning as soon as they take bath :) Hope this helps you.Thanks!

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  5. Thank you very much for the detailed and helpful post.

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  6. Dear,
    Thanks for the post. Useful. Can you please give me the details about the book you have taken copy. Please give me the title of the book and the publisher name . You can also give a copy of the the front title page. Easy for us to buy that book.
    Thanks

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    1. Hello sir,Thanks for the suggestion.I have attached a picture of the book in the post.Please have a look at it.This book was given as complimentary gift to my friend.So it was specially prepared for that.Please enquire in some popular book shops or Giri trading agency for Varalakshmi vratham book with story.I guess you will get it.Thanks.

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  8. Wonderful post..thanks for sharing...really very useful and a nice gesture from you..

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  9. Simply amazing!! Helpful information...

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  10. hi chitra...
    i am santhiya... oh my god! what a detailed post.. now only i read this and also now only i see ur blog.. its really really awesome.. very nice.. today itself am going to try ur recepies one by one...
    thank u

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    1. Thanks a lot Santhiya.Hope u will like my recipes too :)

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  13. Thank you a million times for this wonderfully written blog! I've been married 4 years and this is my first time starting this pooja. My MIL wishes for me to do it, but she's in a different country and is unable to give me clear instructions on how to perform the full pooja ( she asked me to look it up in YouTube. I did, and ended up confused). Your blog was just the thing I needed to make my notes and feel like I know what I should be doing. I can't thank you enough Chitra. You are my god-sent for this occassion. May varalakshmi give you all the 'varams' you ask for :-)

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  14. Thanks a bunch for your blessings. Iam so happy to read your message.Have a great celebration :) My best wishes :)

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  16. Thank you so much for the blog. Can you clarify my doubts
    1. Do we need to buy new saree for Goddess?
    2. What to do with the saree after removing kalasam? Should it be given to temple?

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    1. Hi, Its good to buy a new saree. After wearing the saree, you can use it for yourself. If its a small saree or skirt, use it next year. No need to give to temple.

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    2. Thank you for the prompt reply:-)

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  17. Wat was d rules for performing fasting

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  18. Wat was d rules for performing fasting

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    1. One can observe fasting by taking milk & fruits alone.Some people observe fasting by having tiffin for breakfast & lunch. They avoid taking rice. For elderly people and pregnant women, fasting is not necessary.

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  19. Hi chitra I am so so glad to comment here and thanks to the core...I was searching varalakshmi viratham procedure in many sites and confused a lot...both my mom and mil doesn't know this procedure...so wanted to know this so badly and now ended with success by visiting this post....thanks again...one doubt both kalasam and goddess face should be silver or bronze that too a new one or shall I use my old kalasam?

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  20. Also should I decorate the goddess only using gold ornaments??

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    1. Hi Sindhuraj, Kalasam should be in bronze or silver but God's face can be with anything. Even you can make your own with turmeric powder. There are many youtube videos to help you make God's face. You can use old kalasam. No need to buy new ones. Its not necesaary to decorate the goddess with gold ornaments. You can decorate it just with flowers.Goddess Mahalakshmi would be please with it :)

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    2. In fact my friends use all designer, covering jewelleries that looks attractive :) Refer the above pictures.

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  21. Hello Chitra. I am Mounika. Thanks for your valuable information. I got married in February 2015. I didn't perform my first year varalaxmivrath after my marriage. Can I start vratham in this year that is second year of my marriage. Please reply.

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  22. Hello Chitra. I am Mounika. Thanks for your valuable information. I got married in February 2015. I didn't perform my first year varalaxmivrath after my marriage. Can I start vratham in this year that is second year of my marriage. Please reply.

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    1. Hi, I asked my friend about this. She told you can start pooja either by first or third year and not in second year. Sorry..

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  23. Again one doubt if me and my mil were in same home then we should make two idols like your friend archana??

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    1. Hi,Not necessary. Actually one is yamuna and other one is lakshmi in the picture. If you wish, you can keep two as well.

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  24. Dear Mrs. Chitra Ganapathy.

    Im glad to intro myself Divya. we, that in my family my mom was doing this from past 15 yrs. im also continue doing it after marriage. your blog about this varalakshmi viradham was very nice and useful too. i have one doubt, - we are in share accommodation, it is impossible for me to invite them to home. so im from past 6 years. i will prepare as you said, i will distribute the thambulam with persatham by taking it to their houses - Is it fine. or should i call them here. i will continue fasting till distribution was finished. after finishing pooja i will start doing this distribution. im not doing distribution in evening.

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  25. Dear Mrs. Chitra Ganapathy.

    Im glad to intro myself Divya. we, that in my family my mom was doing this from past 15 yrs. im also continue doing it after marriage. your blog about this varalakshmi viradham was very nice and useful too. i have one doubt, - we are in share accommodation, it is impossible for me to invite them to home. so im from past 6 years. i will prepare as you said, i will distribute the thambulam with persatham by taking it to their houses - Is it fine. or should i call them here. i will continue fasting till distribution was finished. after finishing pooja i will start doing this distribution. im not doing distribution in evening.

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    1. If you do pooja by keeping idol at home, its auspicious to invite married ladies to your house and give thamboolam. If you are just doing a simple pooja, then you can distribute prasadam and thamboolam by going to their houses OR you can take everything to a nearby temple and distribute there too. Once you finish the pooja, you can have the food. No need to wait until prasadam distribution.

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  26. Hi chitra ,
    Should I do anything special for amman's hand because in above pics I couldn't see any hands and what to put for mangalyam(thali) for Amman just yellow rope or I have to put any gold coins in thali kayiru?? Plz could you help me please

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    1. For amman's hands, you can put bangles either gold or glass. Here readymade small sized mangalyam is available in pooja stores. You can buy and wear that. If its not available in your place, you can put a gold coin in yellow rope as u said.

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  27. Dear Mrs Chitra Ganapathy,
    Very detailed explanation . I have been celebrating this pooja for the last 10 years with my mother-in-law, but we used to do the pooja with my lakshmi muham and kalasam as she had not brought her muham and kalasam with her when she visited us. Recently my mother-in-law has got her own kalash and muham as well. Do we keep both the muhams in 1 kalash ? Also, maybe I would not be able to do the pooja this friday, is it alright for me to do the pooja with my kalasam and muham next friday . My mother-in-law will do the pooja this friday with her muham and kalsam. Please advise. Very confused here. My mother does not have this pooja and hence can't help me out here.

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    1. Hi, I have mailed the details to you. Thanks.

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  28. Shouls i need to tie the nombu rope the poojs day ?

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    1. Yes, you should tie the rope after finishing the pooja and before taking harathi.

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  29. Hello chitra
    Very nice and detailed explanation for beginners like me. Thanks a lot. But I am married for less than a year and some death has happened in family. So we have been instructed not to do any abhishekam or keep kalasha in any festival for a year. Now only myself and my husband stay in home. I don't know how to do pooja without kalasha. Can I just take bath, clean house, prepare naivaidya and do pooja..

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    1. Yes as told by your family, you should not celebrate any festivals at home. But just do a simple pooja by keeping some neivedyam just like your daily pooja. No issues.

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  30. Hi mam im married its my second pooja in my first just am doing simple pooja somebody invite me to her home for pooja am in rental home may i do this kalasa pooja in my home.if i consider this as first yr or second yr

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    1. Hi, For the first year you din't keep kalasha and did the pooja. So this year, make a simple pooja.Next year,i.e 3rd year, keep the kalasha and start it.

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  31. Hi Chitra, thanks for sharing very useful information. It is very helpful, what should I do with 9 leaves that we put on rice near the kalasa after the pooja, I saw one video in you tube, they dint mention anything about it. I think these leaves are different from thambulam leaves which we give for 9 married women.Please reply. The information you gave us clears lot of my doubts. God bless you!!

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    1. Hello mam, please mention which leaves it is.Can you share the youtube video link ? If its banana leaves, you can use them for serving food after the pooja. If there are excess leaves, you can leave them in river water.Thanks for your blessings :)

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    2. Hi Chitra, thanks for ur reply. Those are beetle leaves( thamala pakulu) , they put it on rice near the kalasa. Please find the link below. So I need to put them in the river right the next day? And one more question, in thambulam do I need to put one beetle leave or two for giving to other women? Can I take tho ram off on the same day from my hand since I am breast feeding 1 month old baby? http://youtu.be/R6zqqXmGvLk

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    3. You can put them in water or in thulasi pot.Usually thoram has to be removed after the pooja set up is removed.Its done on saturday.So remove the thoram the next day. Its just a turmeric thread. So it doesn't affect the baby i guess.

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  32. Hi I am from south African. I have never missed a pooja, since my marriage. this year my father in law has passed on. can I still do the pooja.

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  33. hi I am south African. and have never missed a prayer for the last 23 years. I lost my father in law in July and would like to know if there is a problem doing the prayer

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    1. Sorry to say. You should not do the pooja this year.

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  34. Thank u fr the info....i have velli mugam...should i decorate the kalasam also??

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  35. Hi Chitra, Very useful post. How long should we keep the decorated amman?

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    1. You can keep it till saturday morning. Do pooja with simple neivedyam in the morning and then remove it.

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  36. Hi Chitra; what time we need perform the pooja; only in the morning is recommended ; can we do this in evening

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    1. Morning or Evening - Both would do. Actually evening 6pm is considered auspicious.

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  37. thanks a lot chitra... !!! Kudos..!!

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  38. Thank you !! Happy vara Laxmi vratham tomorrow!

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  39. Hi Chitra , one quick question, since my marriage I am doing this pooja in the morning but tomorrow grocers shops getting betel leaves around 10 am., can I perform pooja in the eveng this time ?

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    1. Sure, you can do. Evening 6pm is auspicious for Laskhmi Pooja :)

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  40. Im invited to varalakshmi pooja, am i suppose to fast too, can i eat nonveg and take head bath before i go take tambulam. Please advice

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  41. Hi chitra, i am invited to tambulam for varalakshmi vratam, do i need to fast for it? Can i have nonveg and take headbath before i go to take tambulam? Please advice

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  42. Hi chitra, im invited to varalakshmi vratam, do i need to fast to take tambulam? Can i have nonveg and do headbath before i go? Please help

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    1. Hi, No need to fast.But its better if you avoid eating non-veg food :)

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    2. If you consume non-veg food, u can take head bath and go to their house as you said :)

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  43. Hi.. Shall we keep only kalasham and perform pooja?? I don't have face..

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  44. Hi.. A quick ques.. Shall we do pooja with only kalasham as I don't have face..

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    1. Yes, you can do it. If possible, make a small face using turmeric powder.

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  45. Successfully completed the pooja. Thanks Chitra.

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  46. Thank u so much for sharing such useful information ☺.....really nice ......

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