Varalakshmi Vratam 2024

Varalakshmi Vratam is a Hindu festival observed primarily by married women in South India.

It’s a celebration of the goddess Lakshmi, who represents prosperity, wealth, and well-being.

This year, Varalakshmi Vratam will be celebrated on 16th August 2024. As a tribute to Goddess Lakshmi

Here’s a breakdown of its importance and steps:


  • Blessings for Family: Devotees believe that worshipping Varalakshmi, a specific form of Lakshmi, bestows blessings upon their entire family, especially husbands and children.
  • Eight Forms of Lakshmi: By worshipping Varalakshmi, devotees are said to be invoking all eight forms (Ashta Lakshmi) of the goddess, representing different aspects of fortune and good luck.
  • Open to All: Though traditionally observed by married women, beliefs around Varalakshmi Vratam can vary. In some cases, unmarried women or even men might participate.


The observance of Varalakshmi Vratam involves preparation, fasting, and puja (worship) rituals. Here’s a general guideline:

  1. Preparation (Day Before):
    • Clean the house thoroughly.
    • Gather puja items like fruits, sweets, flowers, incense, lamps, and a special pot called a Kalasha.
    • Decorate the puja area with a rangoli (decorative floor design).
  2. Fasting (Day of the Vratam):
    • Wake up early, ideally during Brahma Muhurta (pre-dawn hours).
    • Observe a fast throughout the day, or some choose to consume fruits and milk.
  3. Puja (Day of the Vratam):
    • Take a bath and wear clean clothes.
    • Place the Kalasha filled with water and a mango leaf on a platform. Decorate it with a sari, jewelry, and coconut.
    • Offer prayers and chants to Varalakshmi.
    • Perform aarti (offering of light) with lamps and incense.
    • Offer prepared food items to the deity.
    • Chant mantras or sing devotional songs dedicated to Lakshmi.
    • After the puja, seek blessings from elders (if present).
    • Conclude the puja with prayers for the well-being of the family.
    • Break the fast (if observed strictly) with prasad (food offered to the deity).


  • The exact steps and timings for the puja might vary depending on region and family traditions.
  • Some might invite married women from the neighborhood for a gathering and share stories and sing devotional songs.
  • Consulting with a priest or someone knowledgeable about the puja rituals in your region can be helpful for a more specific guide.

Additional Notes:

  • The date of Varalakshmi Vratam falls on a specific Friday within the Hindu month of Shravana (usually July-August).
  • It’s considered an auspicious occasion for women to come together, celebrate their bond, and seek blessings for their families.

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